Government filters an .ir website for the first time

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 January 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government filters an .ir website for the first time After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system. Organisation RSF_en News Follow the news on Iran The Entekhab website was made unaccessible yesterday. This is the first time that a site with Iran’s .ir domain suffix has been banned by the government. No official reason has been given but the case resembles that of another news site close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Baztab.com, which was closed in October and reopened a month later.It seems that Entekhab was filtered for similar reasons, amid intense political struggle between rival conservative factions. Entekhab had referred to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attempts to impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.—————————–18.10.05Tehran seeking new ways to censor the Internet and track dissidentsMore sites banned, overhaul of filtering system plannedReporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system.While developing a woefully oppressive model of Internet management, Iran is participating actively in international talks about Internet governance that are being held as part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the press organisation said.“These new measures point to an ideological hardening in the Iranian government and a desire by the new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to centralise authority,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They also show that factions exist within the conservatives, as the latest website to be banned, Baztab.com, is run by supporters of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.”“We are also worried by statements coming from the company that seems to have been given the job of managing Iran’s Internet filters,” the press freedom organisation added. “If what this company’s chief executive turns out to be correct, online surveillance and censorship is to be stepped up. This is very bad news for Iranian bloggers and Internet users.”The head of Delta Global, Rahim Moazemi, told the local news agency ISNA in late September that his company had won a government contract for the management of the Internet control and censorship system. He said he wanted to put an end to “the anarchy of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs)” by centralising the filtering system. He also claimed that Delta Global’s technology was capable of blocking access to all the tools used to get round censorship.Iranian filtering currently uses the “smart filter” technology developed by the US company Secure Comuting, which claims the Iranian authorities never paid to license this software. Iranian Internet censorship is not homogenous and varies according to the ISP used, of which Iran has several hundred. So a website may be accessible in one city and blocked in another.Access to at least four websites that include coverage of Iranian women’s issues – www.womeniniran.org, http://irwomen.com, www.iftribune.com and www.womeniw.com – has been blocked since the start of September. Those in charge of these sites have reacted by launching an online petition at :www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?womeno .A court meanwhile on 12 October “provisionally” banned the news website Baztab.com although it belongs to former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohssen Rezai, a supporter of Ayatollah Khamenei, and is supposed to be backed by the Iranian intelligence services. Baztab published reports that were embarrassing for the president. The site’s editor, Foad Sadeghi, said it was banned as a result of a complaint by the secretariat of the High Council for National Security about its articles on the nuclear negotiations that are currently under way.The ban points to internal struggles within the conservative camp, between President Ahmadinejad’s supporters and those still loyal to Ayatollah Khamenei. It seems that the president, with the support of the military, is trying to take control of the internal state apparatus and impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.During the preparatory meetings for the WSIS (which is to take place in Tunis on 16-18 November), Iran called for a “new model” of Internet governance that would put an end to the existing US hegemony.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa News News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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ND leprechaun mascot addresses racist Twitter comments

first_imgSenior Samuel B. Jackson, one of the University’s three leprechaun mascots and only the second African American to ever serve in the role, urged Irish fans to come together Tuesday after receiving racist criticism for being chosen to represent Notre Dame this year.Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, a sports and culture blog, posted a photo of Jackson at Monday night’s game along with photos of three white leprechauns on his Twitter account.“You know what is sad?” Portnoy tweeted Sept 2. “Internet outrage culture has made me afraid to say that I think the ND mascot should always be a midget looking ginger. So I’m just not gonna say it.”The following day Jackson addressed the viral tweet and ensuing comments by Portnoy’s followers by posting on his own Twitter account. Emma Farnan | The Observer Sam Jackson as one of the ND leprechaun mascots at the first Notre Dame football game of the 2019 season.“Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns!” Jackson tweeted. “How about we use this negative energy to bring us together this season? See y’all next game.”Jackson, along with juniors Conal Fagan and Lynnette Wukie, was chosen in the spring to represent the University’s mascot for the upcoming year. Jackson and Wukie are the second and third African Americans to serve as the leprechaun, and Wukie is the University’s first female leprechaun. The trio is the most diverse group of leprechauns picked since the leprechaun became the official mascot in 1965.Following the appointment, Jackson said in April that he looked to alumnus Michael Brown (’01) – the University’s first African American leprechaun – to pursue the mascot role, and he sees his position as the leprechaun as a way for him make his mark on the University.“When I first came here, I was a big Notre Dame fan, but I didn’t have the history or legacy that my friends did,” Jackson said at the time. “Being able to make my own experiences and memories here at this University and to be able to represent it — especially as a senior — is just the best feeling. I feel like I have solidified my presence and voice, and am now etching it into the very fabric of the University.”Tags: African American leprechaun, leprechaun, Michael Brown, racist, Samuel B. Jacksonlast_img read more

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Stamp duty

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Hong Kong leader accuses US of ‘double standards’ over protests

first_imgLast week, China’s rubber-stamp parliament approved the plans for a law that would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security — as well as allow Chinese security agencies to operate openly in Hong Kong.Beijing says the anti-subversion law — which will bypass Hong Kong’s legislature — is needed to tackle “terrorism” and “separatism”.Opponents fear it will bring mainland-style political oppression to a business hub supposedly guaranteed freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after its 1997 handover from Britain to China. Topics : Hong Kong’s leader accused the United States on Tuesday of applying “double standards” in its response to violent protests as she warned Washington’s plan to place trade restrictions on the financial hub would “only hurt themselves”.Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been rocked by months of huge and often violent pro-democracy over the past year, which riot police have stamped out with more than 9,000 arrests.Washington has been critical of Hong Kong’s response to the protests with US President Donald Trump last week vowing to end the city’s special trading status after Beijing announced plans to impose a sweeping national security law on the business hub.center_img On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said such a move would be self-defeating as she took aim at the Trump administration for its own response to violent racial justice protests sweeping the United States.”We have seen most clearly in recent weeks the double standards that are around,” Lam, who was selected as city leader by a pro-Beijing committee, told reporters.”You know there are riots in the United States and we see how local governments reacted. And then in Hong Kong, when we had similar riots, we saw what position they adopted then.”Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials have seized on the unrest gripping the United States in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans.last_img read more

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Area Basketball Scores (1-7)

first_imgArea Basketball Scores.Thursday  (1-7)Boys Basketball Scores.Rivertown Classic.1st Round @ South Dearborn.Lawrenceburg  69     Switz. County  58Rising Sun  65     South Dearborn  50Girls Basketball Scores.North Decatur  59     South Decatur  41Shawe Memorial  75     RC Academy  24Austin  53     SW Hanover  20Eastern Hancock  61     Hauser  58last_img

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