JINA MAHSA AMINI
The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.
In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan.
Zendagi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina Mahsa
Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the Zan,
zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran
and the ZZA Revolution per month: May--April--March--Feb--Jan 2023
covering the period of the 'Women Life Freedom' revolution in 2023 and with links to the period of the murdering of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 2022 'till December 2022
updated 6 May 2023
OR NOT TO WEAR A HIJAB i.e. TO BE OR NOT TO BE A FREE WOMAN'
'IRANIAN JOURNALISTS UNDER SIEGE'
UPDATES: LINKS 2 'Blinding as a weapon' (menu to the right) AND
'Biological terror attacks' (menu to the left) go here:
Indept investigative journalist
CLICK HERE ON HOW TO READ ALL ON THIS PAGE
Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN
WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
'Facing Faces and
Facts 1-2' (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for
thought and inspiration to fight on.
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
MEMO - Middle East Monitor - May 14, 2023
<<Shireen Abu Akleh personified truth to power
Since the shattering news broke of the brutal killing of one of Palestine's most iconic journalists, an unmistakable sense of anger began to surface across newsrooms in the Arab world and in many different parts of the world, including South Africa. Shireen Abu Akleh had been on assignment covering the settler colonial regime's military raid in Jenin, within the Occupied Palestinian Territory, when she was assassinated in cold blood. From eyewitness accounts by her colleagues who were on the beat with her, it is clear that Abu Akleh was specifically targeted. Her death was neither accidental nor the result of a firefight between Palestinian resistance and the occupying army. She died due to a premeditated plan by the Naftali Bennett regime to assassinate her. Abu Akleh's profession required impeccable, accurate and honest reporting, which she discharged with great integrity. Her courage and determination to bring the unspeakable horrors flowing from Israel's illegal occupation into the living rooms of millions, within the Arabian Peninsula and beyond, stood as a bulwark against the Zionist regime's goals to avoid public scrutiny. Her on-the-spot coverage of daily violations by the apartheid regime, including detentions, home demolitions, military raids and killings of Palestinians, placed her in the crosshairs of Israel's terrorist army. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Abu Akleh knew every nook and corner of occupied Palestine and 1948 Palestine. Her grasp of the territories, including her vast knowledge of the history associated with the Nakba, made her an invaluable part of Al-Jazeera's team.
Resourceful and professional to the core, Abu Akleh's iconic status was unrivalled. Tributes that have poured in and continue to abound via social media and mainstream platforms acknowledge her profound humanity. In honouring her legacy, media houses and the entire fraternity serious about journalism will need to discard the fear of being smeared as anti-Semites by courageously reporting the reality of Israel's brutality.
The assassination of Abu Akleh places an onerous responsibility on the shoulders of journalists armed with their pens and cameras to not flinch in the face of brutal suppression. Her untimely death has allowed the world to witness a colonial settler regime that, to date, has escaped consequences for its gross violations and abuses of fundamental human rights. Unless this changes, expect Israel's illegal occupation and war crimes to continue unabated. The agency of change possessed by media activists must thus be utilised to the optimum. It cannot, and dare not, be a passing phase which is obliterated and forgotten once the cameras move on. We owe it to Abu Akleh and the thousands of journalists worldwide to ensure that their unique role in highlighting injustice, oppression and abuse of power remains a testament to the commitment to truth and integrity. As a journalist at Al-Jazeera for more than two decades, Abu Akleh had become a household name among millions who loved, respected and deeply revered her professionalism.>>
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MEMO - Middle East Monitor - May 11, 2023
Shireen Abu Akleh: friends and family visit resting place one year on
Martyred Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed one year ago today, 11 May 2022, while reporting on a raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. She was a veteran Palestinian reporter for Al Jazeera, and revered by many across the occupied territories and beyond. Several journalistic investigations into her death have provided evidence that the Israeli sniper who shot Shireen could see that she was a journalist, and fired at her with 'intent to kill' - according to Forensic Architecture. So far there has been no serious international investigation into her death, nor have any Israeli soldiers been prosecuted.>>
Note by Gino d'Artali: Maybe you ask what Shireen Abu Akleh' assasination in occupied Palestina has to do with journalists under siege in Iran. But you know better: a lot! Shireen Abu Akleh always has been a role-model to me and I dare not even say I can compared with her because I cannot! But I know one thing: never give up digging up the truth!
For more information about her go here:
http://www.cryfreedom.net/Al Jazeera brings Abu Akleh's killing to ICC.htm
NCRI - Womens Committee - in womens's news - May 11, 2023
Zhina Modarres Gorji Transferred to General Ward After One Month in Solitary Confinement
Zhina Modarres Gorji, a journalist and prominent women's rights activist from Sanandaj, was transferred from solitary confinement to the general ward of the Sanandaj Rehabilitation and Correction Center on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, after one month of detention. According to an informed source, during her transfer to the general ward, this journalist had a face-to-face meeting with her family for the first time during her recent period of detention. According to informed sources, on Monday, April 10, 2023, around 2 pm, Zhina Modarres Gorji was violently arrested by the Intelligence Department of Sanandaj agents and transferred to the city's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center. Zhina Modarres Gorji was previously charged by the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court's Branch 1 with <acting against national security by forming an illegal group and joining it> in February 2023. She had also been accused of <propaganda against the state> in the past. On September 21, 2022, Zhina Modarres Gorji was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Department of Sanandaj and spent 40 days in the women's ward of Sanandaj Prison before being released on bail of 100 million tomans, on October 30, until the end of her trial.>>
Jinha - Womens News Center - May 11, 2023
<<Judicial pressure against women in Iran continues
News Center- Iranian security forces raided the house of Aliyeh Motallebzadeh, journalist, women's rights activist and photographer, and confiscated her mobile phone and other electronic devices. No information has been received about the accusation against her. She has been summoned to testify. Gazal Abdullah, daughter of Aliyeh Motallebzadeh, made a statement saying, <We were alone at home with my mother. The security forces broke our door and entered our house. My mother argued with the members of the security forces. They took her mobile phone and other electronic devices. My mother was told that she had to go to Evin prison to testify in five days.> Aliyeh Motallebzadeh is a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign for Gender Equality as well as a campaign to protect acid attack victims. She was arrested in 2016 and then released from prison. Masoumeh Soleimani taken to an unknown location Masoumeh Soleimani, a wrestling coach and referee, was arrested and taken to an unknown location by Iranian security forces on May 10, 2023. There is no information about the accusations against her.>>
Iranwire - May 10, 2023
<<Iranian Activist Matalabzadeh Assaulted by Security Forces, Summoned to Court
Seven Iranian agents broke into the home of photographer, journalist and civil activist Alieh Matalabzadeh and <physically assaulted> her, according her daughter. Ghazal Abdullahi said in a tweet on May 10 that the security forces confiscated her mother's phone and <all other electronic devices.> They also summoned her to appear at the court based in Tehran's Evin prison <within five days.> Matalabzadeh's summons comes amid a crackdown by the authorities on dissent and the media. Last month, the journalist and activist addressed the virtual panel discussion <Dialogue to Save Iran,> which was organized by a group of Iranian journalists and university professors. In her speech, she criticized the government's repressive policies and accused officials of being corrupt. Several other speakers at the conference have been arrested or summoned by security agencies.>>
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Iranwire - May 9, 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Journalist Samini Contacts Family 20 Days After Arrest
Iranian journalist Keyvan Samini was able to contact his family 20 days after his arrest and revealed that he was being held in Ward 209 of Tehran's Evin prison, his lawyer has said. The lawyer, Mustafa Nili, said in a tweet on May 9 that the 74-year-old dissident journalist faces charges over his planned participation in a virtual panel discussion last month, amid a crackdown on dissent and the media. Samimi was arrested in Tehran on April 20 and taken to an undisclosed location, three months after his release from prison following two years of incarceration. He was due to address on April 21 the conference <Dialogue to Save Iran,> which was organized by a group of Iranian journalists and university professors. Authorities said Samimi was arrested for having <connections with hostile anti-state groups in exile,> but they did not say whether he had been formally charged. They also did not give any information about Samini's whereabouts to his family. A week ago, Samimi's daughter, Adele, expressed concern about her father's health, saying he suffers from a heart condition.
A former editor of the now-banned intellectual magazine Iran-e Farda (Iran Tomorrow), Samimi has been imprisoned several times, before and after Iran's 1979 revolution. He was detained in December 2020 to serve a three-year sentence and was released in January this year. In February 2022, Samimi was provisionally released from prison due to health issues but was re-incarcerated in May.>>
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Iranwire - May 9, 2023
<<Iranian Authorities Urged to Free Jailed Radio Journalist Shahrabi
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Iranian authorities to immediately release a journalist who was arrested last week on unknown charges amid a crackdown on dissent and the media. <Iranian authorities must free journalist Sajjad Shahrabi immediately and unconditionally and cease the practice of arbitrarily locking up members of the press,> CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna said in a statement on May 8. <Shahrabi's detention shows, shamefully, that authorities do not find it necessary to disclose even a minimum of details about why a reporter has been arrested,> he added. Shahrabi is a reporter and radio host for the state-owned outlet Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). He also hosts a weekly satirical sports program for the state-run Radiojavan.ir. He was reportedly arrested on May 3, after security forces raided his father's house in Tehran and confiscated his and his family's personal and electronic items, including the journalist's computer and notebook. Shahrabi is currently detained in Tehran's Evin Prison. CPJ said it had been unable to determine why the journalist was arrested or whether he had been formally charged. According to the New York-based media freedom watchdog, at least three other journalists have been arrested in Iran since mid-April.>>
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NCRI - Womens Committee - in Women's news - May 7, 2023
<<Maryam Vahidian, journalist, condemned to 4 years in jail
Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Maryam Vahidian, a journalist, to four years in prison. Maryam Vahidian had been previously pursued and imprisoned for <assembly and collusion with intent to disrupt national security.> The verdict has been suspended for five years. The trial for these charges was held on April 18, 2023, at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. Maryam Vahidian, a journalist reporting on workers' issues for the ILNA news agency, was arrested in Tehran on November 27 and released from Evin prison on December 28, 2022. Reporters Without Borders noted that an unprecedented number of female journalists have been arrested and imprisoned in Iran. Reporters Without Borders has placed Iran in 178th place among 180 countries in the World Press Freedom index in 2022, after China, Myanmar, and Turkmenistan. Only Eritrea and North Korea are behind Iran. The Committee to Protect Journalists announced Iran as the top jailer of journalists in 2022. China, Myanmar, Turkey, and Belarus lag behind Iran in the CPJ index. According to the CPJ, Iranian authorities have imprisoned a record number of female journalists, a reflection of their prominent role in covering this women-led uprising.>>
Iranwire - May 5, 2023
<<Arrested Iranian Journalist Abbasi Kept in Undisclosed Location
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges the Iranian authorities to release journalist Hasan Abbasi immediately and unconditionally, drop any charges against him and put an end to <the practice of arbitrarily locking up members of the press for doing their jobs.> <Authorities must ensure that all journalists are able to cover newsworthy issues without fear that they will be arrested,> CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna said in a statement on May 4.Abbasi, a freelance investigative reporter who covers news in the southern city of Bandar Abbas, was arrested on April 30 following a complaint filed by Hormozgan province’s governor over his reporting, according to news reports, amid a crackdown on dissent and the media. It remains unclear where Abbasi is being held or whether he has been formally charged. Reports said that the complaint against Abbasi was filed in response to his coverage in the semi-official outlet AshkanNews of retired sailors who had failed to receive their pensions. Four days before his arrest, Abbasi posted a video on social media saying that he was also facing another complaint filed by the local office of the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade accusing him of spreading <fake news> in his reporting on the ministry. In December 2022, Abbasi was reportedly detained for his critical coverage of alleged government corruption, was held for a week and charged with disturbing the public order and spreading false news on social media. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Iranian authorities have arrested more than 95 journalists since anti-government protests erupted across the country following the September death in police custody of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini.>>
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