Judicial authorities urged to clarify reasons for leading blogger’s detention

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa December 31, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial authorities urged to clarify reasons for leading blogger’s detention After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders calls on the judicial authorities to clarify why Hossein Derakhshan, a leading blogger with Iranian and Canadian dual nationality, has been detained since 1 November. The judiciary’s spokesman yesterday reportedly said he was being held in connection with comments he posted online about key figures of the Shiite faith. News March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the judicial authorities to clarify why Hossein Derakhshan, a leading blogger with Iranian and Canadian dual nationality, has been detained since 1 November. The judiciary’s spokesman yesterday reportedly said he was being held in connection with comments he posted online about key figures of the Shiite faith. “Yesterday’s official confirmation that Derakhshan is being held is yet another warning shot for free expression in Iran and a new attempt to intimidate the entire blogosphere,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to say exactly what charges have been brought against him and to release him while they are being investigated, as envisaged by the law. His detention has gone on long enough.” Confirming Derakhshan’s detention yesterday, judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said one of the reasons for his arrest was what he had written about leading Shiite figures in his blog (http://www.hoder.com). He would be held while an investigation was carried out, Jamshidi said. Derakhshan was arrested on 1 November when he was summoned before a Tehran revolutionary court. Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard wrote to Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the head of the judicial system, in November asking him to confirm Derakhshan’s arrest and give the official reasons. Iran was the most repressive country in the world towards bloggers in 2008. Around 20 were arrested or attacked because of their blogs and five are currently detained. The government has said it is filtering more than 5 million websites. The authorities closed down Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Human Rights Defenders Centre on 21 December. Launched in 2002, the Tehran-based centre provided free legal aid to journalists and human rights activists. Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en to go further News Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Forced bank mergers last resort in safeguarding Indonesia’s financial sector: OJK

first_imgRead also: Small banks could be forced to merge under new regulation, OJK says“If it’s only one or two institutions and they do not cause negative sentiment in the financial sector, of course, we can still handle this with business-as-usual ways,” he added.Article 23 of the Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 states that the OJK has the authority to “give written orders to financial service institutions to conduct merger, consolidation, acquisition, integration and/or conversion processes”.Failure to follow the instruction of the OJK by a corporation could lead to imprisonment and a fine of at least Rp 1 trillion (US$61.4 million). The sanctions are stricter compared with only administrative ones regulated in an OJK regulation in 2019. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the Perppu, which activates crisis protocols and provides leeway for his administration to afford the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things, as the disease has disrupted business activity and hit the country’s vulnerable population.Wimboh stressed that other measures, such as stake sales and purchases and allowing Bank Indonesia (BI) to act as the lender of last resort, would be taken first before resorting to the merger scenario.Read also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19Acting as the lender of last resort means that the central bank offers loans to banks and other financial institutions that are experiencing financial difficulties or are considered highly risky and near collapse.Previously, experts and economists expressed confidence that forced mergers would only be used as a last resort. Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) deputy director Eko Listiyanto said there were other methods for rescuing nonperforming banks, such as management restructuring.“In a worst-case scenario where banks fail, the OJK could merge the banks in accordance with the new regulation,” Eko said. Topics : A regulation to force small and struggling banks to consolidate would be the last resort in efforts to safeguard Indonesia’s financial industry amid heightening economic risks, according to Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman Wimboh Santoso.He said during a teleconferenced meeting with House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Tuesday that the “preemptive measure” was aimed at preventing the financial sector situation from worsening and to safeguard public confidence during times of crisis.“This is just in case [we need it]. It doesn’t mean that we have to do it,” Wimboh said, adding that the mechanism would only come into play if there was a foreseeable possibility of widespread collapse among Indonesia’s financial institutions.last_img read more

Syracuse fans react to SU’s 24 point victory over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Graphical breakdown of Syracuse men’s basketball’s 80-56 victory over CornellSyracuse men’s basketball uses its size advantage to dominate Cornell, 80-56, in final nonconference gameWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 80-56 victory over Cornell Published on December 27, 2016 at 8:54 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Comments MORE COVERAGE last_img