March 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unfair trial and illegal imprisonment IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Iran RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders has condemned a one-year jail sentence against journalist Mohsen Sazgara as unfair and contrary to international legal norms. It also spoke out against the arbitrary imprisonment of three journalists since nine months. Reporters Without Borders has condemned a one-year jail sentence against journalist Mohsen Sazgara as unfair and contrary to international legal norms. It also spoke out against the arbitrary imprisonment of three journalists since nine months.Sazgara learned from his lawyer on 8 March that his appeal trial had been heard while he was abroad seeking urgent medical attention, the international press freedom organisation said.”Yet again this is a completely illegal procedure,” Sazgara told Reporters Without Borders. “The Iranian authorities gave me permission to leave the country and waited until I was no longer in Iran to announce this so-called verdict in a trial held in the absence of both the lawyer and the person being sentenced.” “I intend to return to Iran as soon as possible to respond to this farce,” he added.Sazgara was imprisoned on 15 June and then released on bail of six billion rials (about 580,000 euros) on 6 October 2003. A week before his release he had been charged with “undermining national security”, “insulting the Guide of the Islamic Revolution” and “making propaganda against the state” and sentenced to one year in prison. During his 110 days of imprisonment he twice went on hunger strike for 56 and then 23 days to protest against government repression.He was one of the founders of the reformist press in Iran and was publisher of the dailies Jameh, Neshat and Tous, now banned and the creator of the site: www.alliran.net (shut down after his arrest). A courageous political analyst, he wrote, “the past five years have shown that the country’s religious rulers are neither reformable nor effective”. He also called the Guide of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei “dictatorial”, which earned him several stays in Iranian prisons.On the eve of Sazgara’s arrest, on 14 June 2003, three other journalists – Taghi Rahmani, of the weekly Omid-e-Zangan, Reza Alijani, editor in chief of the monthly Iran-e-Farda and winner of the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France 2001 press freedom award, and Hoda Saber, a manager of Iran-e-Farda were jailed for “holding secret meetings with students”. Held for months in solitary confinement, deprived of visits from their lawyers and families, they passed the legal deadline for temporary detention on 6 December 2003.Narges Mohammadi, the wife of Taghi Rahmani, has spoken about her distress at the situation that violates the most basic principles of law. “They are in prison illegally, without charge, without sentence and without trial,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “When we try to get information about their cases, we get no reply and their lawyers do not even have access to their files.”The organisation also condemns ongoing harassment of the press, with the banning of the weekly Qalam-e Moalem accused of carrying news about a major teachers’ strike, and of the weekly Vaght for “offending against good morals”. The managing editor Shahram Mohammad Nia, was given a six-month suspended sentence.With 11 journalists behind bars, Iran is the Middle East’s biggest prison for journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Receive email alerts News March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more
Ekpetiama were the better side in the first half and dominated the game, scoring two goals in the process through Goodliving Gift in the 15th minute and Emeka Nwosu in the 40th minute.When hostilities resumed after the break, the Sagbama-based team mounted pressure from the blast of the whistle and in the 57th minute,Â SundayÂ Keme pulled one back with a beautiful header.The pressure continued andÂ Keme’s beautiful drive into the danger area after beating three players connected Tokoni Joel, who calmly placed the ball in the right corner to draw level.Toru-Orua didn’t relent in their quest to win the game and lost a couple of chances in the process while Ekpetiama’s free-kick five minutes from time hit the woodwork.In the shootout, Ekpetiama converted two spot kicks, losing two, while Toru-Orua scored four kicks to progress.In another quarter final game, the Ogbia Unity Cup champions, Otuasega community, qualified for the semifinal after a slim 1-0 win over Amassoma community at the Opolo football field in Yenagoa.After a goalless first half, Moses Iburu found the back of the net in the 75th minute, tapping in from close range.At the Otuasega venue , Opu-Nembe joined other semi-finalists after defeating Okpoma community 8-7 on penalties. The game ended one goal apiece at regulation time.Mikel Odikari opened scoring in the 50th minute for Opu-Nembe, while Frank Ituru leveled up 14 minutes later before the shootout.In the first quarter-final playedÂ on Tuesday, Peretorugbene community booked its place in the semi-final after defeating Kaiama 6-0 at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex.The Ekeremor-based team opened scoring in the 12th minute through Osaro Loveday, before Isaiah Jacob completed the rout, scoring in the 27th, 47th, 49th, 75th and 79th minute.In the semi-final, Peretorugbene will engage Toru-Orua onÂ May 29Â while Otuasega will play Opu-Nembe onÂ May 30. Both games are scheduled for the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.The grassroots competition, which attracted no fewer than 150 communities and teams, is meant to discover and groom football talents from across Bayelsa State.Former Nigeria international and coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia, is the 2018 Restoration Cup ambassador.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ByÂ Emmanuel AddehÂ in YenagoaToru-Orua community, Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State has booked a place in the semi-final of the second edition of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament otherwise known as the Restoration Cup.Toru-Orua advanced after defeating Ekpetiama community 4-2 on penalties at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.