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Journalist Ali-Reza Jabari released after more than 18 months in prison

first_img October 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Ali-Reza Jabari released after more than 18 months in prison Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 14 October 2004 of Ali-Reza Jabari, contributor to several newspapers, after more than 18 months in prison.The worldwide press freedom organisation said that international pressure and a campaign by Chilean author Isabel Allende were responsible for the decision to free Jabari who, despite being more than 60 years old and suffering heart trouble, received 174 lashes in detention.Isabel Allende had lobbied the highest authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran to secure the ailing journalist’s early release, said Reporters Without Borders.Jabari was sentenced on 19 April 2003 to four years in prison, 253 lashes and a fine of six million Rials (about 1,000 euros) for “drinking and distributing alcoholic drinks, adultery and incitement to immoral acts”, a charge regularly used against secular figures. Jabari is an outspoken commentator who writes for the monthly Adineh and a member of the Iranian Writers Association June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img June 11, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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HMS Ocean Sails from London, UK

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Ocean Sails from London, UK HMS Ocean Sails from London, UK Britain’s largest wars hip HMS Ocean has yesterday sailed from London following her success in keeping the capital safe during the Olympic Games.The 21,500 tonne ship provided a very visible presence at Greenwich for the summer, acting as a helipad for aircraft to patrol the skies and as accommodation for more than 400 soldiers on Olympic security duties.As well as hosting high profile visits from the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Princess Royal, the ship controlled 180 flight deck landings from seven types of aircraft and sent personnel on more than 120 security patrols along the river.Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Coe said:“Our heartfelt thanks go to the men and women who stepped up to work shoulder to shoulder with us to deliver an effective, seamless and well regarded security operation.”The amphibious assault ship arrived in London in mid-July to much fanfare as sailors donned blue, yellow, black, green and red tops to form the Olympic rings on the flight deck, symbolising the nation’s building excitement.As one of her primary tasks was to coordinate the flying operations above the capital, her flight team immediately set to work and eventually clocked a total of 1680 hours of flying aircrew and snipers in their embarked Lynx helicopters.While the ship ran their security operation, the public were also welcomed on board with three open days attracting more than 11,000 visitors to explore the ship and meet the team keeping the capital safe.Three charity receptions were hosted on Ocean while their chefs busied themselves in the galley cooking up more than 100,000 meals for the ship’s company while visits from the Team GB athletes helped keep morale high.The sailors were also given the chance to explore Number 10 Downing Street after a personal invite from the Prime Minister to thank them for their efforts.Writer Colin Lingwood, aged 21, said: “It was a real honour for me to get a chance to visit such an important building, especially because it’s so rarely open to the public. “The most memorable part of the tour was our visit to the Cabinet Room – it was a great experience to stand in a room where all the big decisions that affect so many people’s lives are made.”As she leaves the capital behind, HMS Ocean will continue with her routine tasking which includes a visit to Holland.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 13, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Training & Education View post tag: Sails View post tag: London View post tag: fromcenter_img View post tag: ocean View post tag: UK Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval September 13, 2012last_img read more