Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Reporters sans fronti�res - Iran: "No news of Akbar Ganji for the past 25 days

Noting that Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has not been allowed any visits since his return to Evin prison from hospital on 3 September, Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern and outrage about the behaviour of the Iranian authorities towards him and their failure to keep their promises.
�Ganji seems to have been placed in total solitary confinement in a special section of Evin to which only the Revolutionary Guards have access,� the press freedom organisation said. �Shutting him away like this is a flagrant violation of Iranian law, which explicitly says detainees may receive visits from their relatives and lawyers. The sole aim of the prison authorities seems to be to break Ganji completely.�
Reporters Without Borders added : � We once again condemn of the failure of senior Iranian officials to respect their undertakings towards Ganji and his family. We have always supported negotiations with the precise objective of obtaining his release. Now, faced by the silence coming from the judicial authorities, we are resolved to press on with our campaign. The lack of any news is particularly worrying.�
Reached by telephone, Ganji�s wife, Massoumeh Shafii, said she was also very worried by the lack of news and the fact that she has not been able to visit him since 26 August.
Ganji lost at least 25 kilos in the course of a hunger which he continued for more than two months. After ending the hunger strike on 22 August, he was allowed only two weeks to recover in hospital before being sent back to prison on 3 September.
Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its 'Sponsorship Programme' and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring "
No news of Akbar Ganji for the past 25 days

Noting that Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has not been allowed any visits since his return to Evin prison from hospital on 3 September, Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern and outrage about the behaviour of the Iranian authorities towards him and their failure to keep their promises.

“Ganji seems to have been placed in total solitary confinement in a special section of Evin to which only the Revolutionary Guards have access,” the press freedom organisation said. “Shutting him away like this is a flagrant violation of Iranian law, which explicitly says detainees may receive visits from their relatives and lawyers. The sole aim of the prison authorities seems to be to break Ganji completely.”

Reporters Without Borders added : “ We once again condemn of the failure of senior Iranian officials to respect their undertakings towards Ganji and his family. We have always supported negotiations with the precise objective of obtaining his release. Now, faced by the silence coming from the judicial authorities, we are resolved to press on with our campaign. The lack of any news is particularly worrying.”

Reached by telephone, Ganji’s wife, Massoumeh Shafii, said she was also very worried by the lack of news and the fact that she has not been able to visit him since 26 August.

Ganji lost at least 25 kilos in the course of a hunger which he continued for more than two months. After ending the hunger strike on 22 August, he was allowed only two weeks to recover in hospital before being sent back to prison on 3 September.

Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its "Sponsorship Programme" and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations so that their cases will not be forgotten. Currently, Akbar Ganji is sponsored by Le Devoir, Nice-Matin, La Montagne

Monday, September 19, 2005

GANJI MUST BE FREED
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U.N. envoy urges release of Iranian journalist
16 Sep 2005 14:32:07 GMT / Source: Reuters
GENEVA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A United Nations rights investigator on Friday called for the release of dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, reimprisoned upon discharge from hospital despite poor health after a lengthy hunger strike. Ambeyi Ligabo, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said Tehran should grant Ganji an "unconditional amnesty".Iran's judiciary this week denied a claim by Ganji's wife that he had been put in solitary confinement after being discharged from hospital following his hunger strike, insisting instead that he was in a shared cell. "I understand that, after a few weeks in a hospital under police surveillance, Mr. Ganji has been imprisoned again in spite of his poor health," Ligabo said in a statement."I call on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to grant him an unconditional amnesty on humanitarian grounds and to release him without further delay."Ganji, jailed in 2000 after writing a series of articles linking senior officials to the killing of political dissidents, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2001.He was taken to hospital in July as his health deteriorated due to a hunger strike aimed at pressuring officials to free him. He ended his two-month-long hunger strike in August following promises from judiciary officials that he would be allowed to go home.Ligabo, who met Ganji in November 2003 at the notorious Evin prison, said Iranian authorities had told him then that they were considering the possibility of releasing him.Ligabo was among five independent U.N. investigators, who all report to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, to issue a statement expressing alarm about Ganji's health in mid-July.
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Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar's leading English Daily: "UN envoy urges release of Ganji "

Friday, September 16, 2005

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran writer in 'jail quarantine': "Iranian dissident writer Akbar Ganji has been placed in solitary confinement after being transferred back to prison from hospital, his wife has said. "

Monday, September 05, 2005

Journalist wieder im Gefängnis

Der zu einer sechsjährigen Gefängnisstrafe verurteilte iranische Oppositionelle Akbar Gandschi ist nach Beendigung seines Hungerstreiks wieder in Haft. Der 46jährige Journalist wurde nach seiner Entlassung aus dem Krankenhaus in das Gefängnis Ewin gebracht. Gandschi war 2001 verurteilt worden, nachdem er ranghohe Mitglieder der iranischen Führung bezichtigt hatte, in Morde an Schriftstellern und Intellektuellen verwickelt zu sein.

Quelle: Hamburger Abendblatt

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Iran dissident journalist Ganji back in jail

Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has recovered sufficiently from his two-month-long hunger strike to return to prison, Iran's Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said on Sunday.
Ganji, jailed in 2000 after writing a series of articles linking senior officials to the murder of political dissidents, was hospitalized in July when his health deteriorated due to a hunger strike aimed at pressuring authorities to release him.
The outspoken reporter, whose plight brought comments of outrage and concern from the United States and European Union, eventually called off his hunger strike after more than 60 days last month.
"Akbar Ganji was released from hospital yesterday and returned to the prison," Karimirad told the official IRNA news agency.
Ganji's wife has said he only ended his fast after receiving assurances from judiciary officials that he would be allowed to go home.
Iran says it considers EU and U.S. calls for Ganji's release as meddling in its internal affairs.
Ganji's lawyer Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, told Reuters her client should have been freed from prison long ago on parole since he has completed almost all of his six-year term.

Reuters