Ailing journalist put in solitary confinement instead of being transferred to hospital

first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today voiced active concern about the treatment of journalist and human rights activist Emadoldin Baghi who earlier this month was placed in an isolation cell in Evin prison, Tehran instead of being transferred to hospital.“Emadoldin Baghi is paying the price for his outspokenness,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. August 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ailing journalist put in solitary confinement instead of being transferred to hospital News News Follow the news on Iran News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation Reporters Without Borders today voiced active concern about the treatment of journalist and human rights activist Emadoldin Baghi who earlier this month was placed in an isolation cell in Evin prison, Tehran instead of being transferred to hospital.Baghi was at the start of 2008 released on licence because of a heart condition but was recalled to jail in April against the advice of doctors. While free, he wrote to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, to complain of the appalling prison conditions in the notorious Evin jail. “Emadoldin Baghi is paying the price for his outspokenness,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “He has frequently criticised the regime’s officials, some of whom have been appointed to top level positions, such as intelligence minister, Mohseni Ejehi and the prosecutor general Dori Najafabadi.”“He is being discriminated against when his poor health means he should be treated in hospital”, it added.Baghi contacted his wife, Fatemeh Kamali Ahmad Sarahi, on 9 August to inform her that the prison doctor had authorised his transfer to a hospital in Tehran for further treatment. A few hours later the journalist called her again to say that he had been admitted to Section 209 of the jail, a special wing under the control of the intelligence services.When his wife was allowed to see him on 18 August, he appeared weakened and complained to her of breathing difficulties as a result of being locked in an insalubrious cell. Baghi also told her that he had refused to undergo any further interrogation. “He will no longer put up with being questioned bound and blindfolded”, she told Reporters Without Borders.In another case, freelance journalist Saman Rasulpur, 23, was released on 14 August on payment of bail of ten million (about 7,000 euros), while awaiting his trial. He was arrested on 27 July at his home in the city of Mahadab in Kurdistan, for taking part in a demonstration in protest at death sentences passed against journalists Adnan Hassanpur and Abdolvahed “Hiva” Botimar as well as a Kurdish teacher. Since his release, Rasulpur has been summoned on several occasions by intelligence ministry agents. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Chilean Armed Forces Lend Capabilities To Support Fight Against Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra / Diálogo October 04, 2019 Units of the Chilean Army conduct surveillance and provide logistics support, technology, and transport in the fight against illegal activities such as narcotrafficking, human trafficking, smuggling money, and other related crimes.“There was pressure from narcotrafficking recipient countries in Europe, the United States, and also the OAS [Organization of American States], which urged Chile to implement control measures, make them official, and present them,” Guillermo Holzmann, Chilean political and defense analyst and scholar at the University of Valparaíso’s School of Economic and Administrative Science, told Diálogo.The North Joint Command, under the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff, leads the coordination with the Armed Forces’ different capabilities and police forces. Service members provide logistics and technological support to trace and identify criminals, while police elements are responsible for arresting them.According to Holzmann, narcotraffickers use routes that national authorities don’t control. “They [the routes] are explored, defined, and secured by criminal groups based in Italy, Russia, countries of the former Soviet Union, and China, which control them and define their use, with weapons and without weapons,” said Holzmann.“A large amount of the drug is loaded in small ports and then transported to much larger ships in open waters. That’s why fighting this requires a convergence of Navy, Air Force, and Army resources,” Holzmann said.Chilean Army General René Bonhomme, commander of the 6th Division, told Diálogo that police forces, despite doing their job adequately, “don’t have the capability to protect a border of considerable length, especially Bolivia’s, whose geography makes it very complex to manage and control.”According to the Chilean government, 64 percent of all drugs seized between 2010-2018 was concentrated in the north of the country bordering Bolivia and Peru, two countries considered to be among the largest cocaine producers. In 2019 alone, police forces disrupted 35 criminal gangs in the area and seized more than 1 ton of drugs.Transborder narcotrafficking in Chile has increased in recent years, especially in these  areas that extend some 530 miles, with rugged terrain and peaks that reach 16,500 feet above sea level.“It’s a very complicated area weather-wise, with poor quality and badly configured roads and many gorges,” said Gen. Bonhomme. “Some groups move skillfully during the night, showing that they know and use the roads very well.”last_img read more

USC propelled to victory by 8th inning home run

first_imgThe Trojans took down the Loyola Marymount Lions 3-2 as junior shortstop Chase Bushor hit a go-ahead solo shot late in the eighth inning.Junior infielder Brandon Perez scores a run against LMU on Tuesday. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe Trojans entered their game against the Lions with confidence after sweeping the Villanova Wildcats over the weekend to extend their winning streak to six victories in a row. On the other hand, the Lions’ season has gone quite differently as they came into this game with a record of 1-6. However, despite their record, the Lions have kept all of their games close this season.The Trojans got off to an early lead in the first inning. Junior second baseman Brandon Perez got the inning started as he hit a double into center field with two outs, and junior first baseman Dillon Paulson soon followed that with a single to drive home Perez. The Trojans only managed to score one run in that inning, but the hitting did not stop there. In the second inning, the Trojans had two runners on first and third with junior left fielder Lars Nootbaar up to bat with two outs. Nootbaar, who leads the NCAA in walks and walks per game, hit a hard ground ball into second, and the second baseman made a great diving play to get Nootbaar out at first and save a run. In the third, the Trojans also left runners in scoring positions, however, but also unable to put runs on the board.Meanwhile, the Lions couldn’t get their bats going in the first two innings as senior pitcher Mason Perryman looked comfortable on the mound through the first two. However, in the third inning, Perryman walked right fielder Kenny Oyama who then stole second to get himself into scoring position. Afterward, infielder Nick Sogard hit a single into right-center field allowing Oyama to score. Sogard then stole second with two outs to get himself into scoring positions, but Perryman then struck out infielder Niko Decolati as the inning ended with one run apiece. Throughout the game the Lions looked for every opportunity they had to steal a base and get runners into scoring positions.Head coach Dan Hubbs soon made a pitching change, bringing on freshman pitcher Brian Gursky in the fourth inning. He managed to get the next three batters out with relative ease, keeping the Lions at one run through four innings of play.The Trojans great defensive play helped them get out of a tough fifth inning. With two runners on first and second and one out, a ball was hit to shortstop Bushor, who was able to make a play at second. Then Perez was unable to turn his throw to first into a double play, however, the Lions took an aggressive baser unning approach, sending their runner on third home, and first baseman Dillon Paulson made the throw to home to get the runner out and save a run. Prior to this game, the Trojans actually led the nation in fielding percentage, .996, with only one error allowed in their first seven games. USC then followed that great defensive inning with some strong offense, drawing a couple of walks, and eventually ended up scoring a run courtesy of redshirt junior infielder Angelo Armenta’s  sacrifice fly into deep center field with bases loaded, scoring Perez. That run gave them a 2-1 lead entering the sixth inning. In the top of seventh, the Lions were finally able to score with runners on base as first baseman Jamey Smart singled into left-center with runners on first and third right after coach Hubbs sent junior pitcher Brad Wegman to the mound. Eventually, the Trojans turned a double play to close the top of the seventh. The Trojans then were unable to capitalize with two runners in scoring positions as the score became 2-2 going into the eighth.The Trojans kept the Lions quiet in the top of the eighth and were able to capitalize with a big inning to take the lead. Bushor came up huge when he drove a ball deep into left field for a go-ahead home run to retake the lead 3-2 before going into the ninth.Sophomore pitcher Connor Lunn came into the game for the Trojans to close out the ninth inning. He looked impressive as he closed the game with three strikeouts in the ninth inning. The Trojans managed to win the nailbiter with the scoreline of 3-2 as their record improved to 7-1 on the season.“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how we won, as long as we won,” Hubbs said. “I was proud of the guys. It’s not easy to win in Southern California on a Tuesday night. It’s just not. And you know everybody’s just kind of using guys that anybody they have available. So you don’t get to see a starter for six or seven innings necessarily so it’s not easy to get a hit.” The Trojans face a tough matchup in their weekend series as they face off against the fifth-best team in the country, the Arkansas Razorbacks, at Baum Stadium.last_img read more

Mario Balotelli ‘rapped for smoking and partying by Manchester City boss’

first_imgMario Balotelli was left out of the Manchester City squad for the loss at Real Madrid after he clashed with Roberto Mancini over his party lifestyle and smoking habit, according to reports.The Italian striker was made to travel to Madrid despite not even making the bench and watched his team-mates let a lead slip twice as they went down 3-2 at the Bernabeu.A source told the Daily Star: ‘Mario Balotelli is in the bad books on two fronts – a very late night out after the Stoke game and his refusal to stop smoking.‘He and Mancini had words on Monday afternoon and it led to him being dropped from the squad.’The fiery 22-year-old was pictured partying with boxer Amir Khan at Circle Club in Manchester hours after Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.He has often been spotted smoking and has apparently refused offers from the club to have counselling and hypnosis to kick the habit.Balotelli joined for £24million from Inter Milan in 2010 and, despite his undoubted talent on the pitch, has often caught attention for all the wrong reasons. He once set fire to his house after letting off fireworks in his bathroom and also raised eyebrows when he threw a dart at a City youth team player.last_img read more