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  • Government uses ‘velvet revolution’ charge against Jahanbegloo and other journalists

    first_imgNews Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa June 11, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Receive email alerts Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran to go further July 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government uses ‘velvet revolution’ charge against Jahanbegloo and other journalists News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the methods used by the authorities to keep journalist Ramin Jahanbegloo in detention and calls for the immediate release of all journalists held in Iran. The organisation also accuses the Iranian government of inventing new ways to stifle the press and free expression. News June 9, 2021 Find out more News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Iranian intelligence minister’s recent allegations against imprisoned journalist and intellectual Ramin Jahanbegloo and voiced concern about a new crackdown on the press in Iran.“Accusing Jahanbegloo of helping to prepare a ‘velvet revolution’ is just a new political manoeuvre by the government with the aim of tightening the gag on the press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We fear that the authorities – after closing more than 20 newspapers for good, summoning dozens of journalists for questioning since the start of the year and banning others from leaving the country – will now launch a new wave of arrests of journalists.”Akbar Ganji, a leading Iranian journalist currently travelling abroad following his recent release, has appealed to the Iranian community and the press for rallies to press calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience including Jahanbegloo.Intelligence minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie accused Jahanbegloo on 3 July of “taking part in a US attempt to carry out a velvet revolution in Iran.” A few days later, Tehran chief prosecutor Said Mortazavi named Hassan Hadad – a judge who has had many journalists arrested and who, according to some sources, was a torturer in Evin prison in the 1980s – as deputy prosecutor in charge of security issues.The appointment has prompted concern about a new wave of arrests among dissident circles. Hadad’s job is to crack down “with force on security problems, espionage, attempts to overthrow the regime and threats to public order.” Since April 2000, he has had the task of cracking down on the “enemy” press.Jahanbegloo, who contributes to several foreign news media including the BBC and the French magazines Esprit and Etudes et Projets, was arrested on 28 April at Tehran airport as he was about to leave the country to attend an international conference on Iran. He has been placed in solitary confinement in a security wing of Evin prison.A total of 12 journalists and bloggers are currently detained in Iran. They include Mana Neyestani, Mehrdad Qassemfar, Orouj Amiri, Ali Hamed Iman and Abolfazel Vessali, who have been held for months while their lawyers have not been allowed to visit them in prison or see their case files.last_img read more

  • Identifying your brand culture

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Brand culture is the culture that a company cultivates in order to powerfully, consistently and competitively deliver its brand to market. It’s how people work together to bring the brand alive for customers. But brand cultures are more than an expression of the brand itself; they are, by necessity, an expression of the people who work for that brand and the decisions and ways of working and behaving that they agree to work within.The challenge for any brand is when what it stands for as a brand no longer aligns with what the people working for the brand do. It’s all very well to talk about building or changing a powerful brand culture, but first you need to understand the culture you’re changing. Each is different because each revolves around a different ethos. In this, the first of a two part series, I look at what defines, and what it takes to shift, a brand culture today.It’s tempting to believe that culture is a formula. You derive a purpose, apply goals, set values, agree on behaviors and then inculcate these ideas (with varying degrees of success) over the next 12 – 18 months. While every brand culture should indeed be driven by these elements, the type of culture your brand functions within is its own human dynamic. Shifting that to something new is very difficult, essentially because you are going against the very nature of ‘how things get done around here’. Success is much more likely if you are able to recognize the predominant nature of the brand culture you are working with, and to leverage that to the brand’s advantage. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Racquet Centre Squash courts get overhaul

    first_imgTHE squash courts at the National Racquet Centre on Woolford Avenue are undergoing major repairs as the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) prepares for the hosting of this year’s Digicel Junior Caribbean Area Squash Associations (CASA) Championships set for July.The repairs on the two courts started a few weeks ago, and are expected to be completed within another month or so. The renovations at the facility will see the complete overhaul of the courts’ floors, and a few additions.“We’re replacing the floors, putting in new plastic seating like at the Stadium and enclosing the back, putting in a whole back wall,” GSA vice-president David Fernandes explained.The works are being undertaken by the government through the National Sports Commission and Department of Culture, Youth and Sports,According to Fernandes,the three courts at the Georgetown Club is also expected to see some revamping, though not as extensive as what is ongoing at the Racquet Centre.“If you’re having a big tournament here you have to clean up, make sure you do a good job. We have to ensure that when persons come here that they never forget this experience,” Fernandes said.The hosting will mark a return of the annual tournament to Guyana’s shores after it was last held here in 2011. Over 100 players are expected to descend on Guyana for the tournament. A squad for the Guyana side is already in training. A known powerhouse in junior squash in the Caribbean,the Guyana team is looking for favourable performances.last_img read more