March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Even Mohsen Kadivar of the clerical reformist movement commented on this occasion: “The hardliners of the regime have turned Iran into the Middle East’s biggest prison for journalists and political activists.” Follow the news on Iran to go further The lawyer for the three journalists, Mr Soltani, has still not been able to consult with his clients. He particularly fears closed-door trials, which “constitute a serious violation of national and international law”. The families of the three journalists have joined the family of journalist Abbas Abdi, who was arrested on 4 November 2002, in a sit-in that began five days ago in front of the UN office in Teheran.The statement from the judiciary spokesman comes at a time when Iranian civil society is increasingly rallying to condemn attacks on press freedom and arbitrary jailing of journalists. More than 100 lawyers, students and reformist activists went on hunger strike on 20 October both in Teheran and in major provincial cities. Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) has appealed for a halt to closed-doors trials of journalists and demanded the release of journalists who have been unfairly imprisoned. Receive email alerts News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en Iranian judiciary spokesman Golamhossein Elham confirmed on 15 October that three journalists, arrested on 14 June 2003 – Taghi Rahmani of Omid-é-Zangan and Reza Alijani and Hoda Saber both of Iran-e-Farda – “were serving prison terms.” But the spokesman gave no reasons for their imprisonment nor the date or place of their trials. Their lawyers and families have had no news of them for 40 days apart from the fact that they had reportedly started a hunger strike and were still held in solitary confinement.”It is unacceptable for the Iranian courts to almost systematically hold trials behind closed doors. Journalists are arrested and then disappear into Iranian jails with nobody knowing if trials have been held, when or where, or most importantly why,” protested Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more News October 21, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 From trials behind closed doors to sit-ins News Elsewhere, Reporters Without Borders has also condemned the closure of the weekly newspaper Avay-e kordestan (Song of Kurdistan), banned by the Sanandaj revolutionary court in Kurdistan province. It is the first time that a Kurdish-language newspaper has been banned in Iran. The judiciary has given no explanation for the ban. February 25, 2021 Find out more “Neither the families nor the lawyers are allowed to visit those in detention. The only thing it is possible to verify is that they are being held in solitary confinement. It is high time that Iran respected the most basic rules of law. “The only course open to the families of journalists to protest against the violation of their human rights is to hold sit-ins or hunger strikes,” he said. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation
Statoil has officially changed its name to Equinor as part of a commitment to developing as a broad energy company. At the annual general meeting held on 15 May, the company’s shareholders approved the proposal for the name-change presented by the board of directors in March.The company has been registered under the new name in the Norwegian register of business enterprises (Foretaksregisteret) and the Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Børs) has also updated its information accordingly, with the shares quoted under the new name and the ticker now reading EQNR.At the meeting, a shareholder also suggested that the board should present a strategy for business transformation from producing energy from fossil sources to renewable energy to ensure the company’s long-term sustainability and shareholder value, however, the proposal was declined.Even though now former Statoil retains oil & gas as the backbone of its business, the company’s new name is said to reflect the fact that it is involved in a broader energy market, especially involving renewable energy.The company is very active in the offshore wind sector, with shares in the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany, as well as Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon and Dogger Bank in the UK, and is the majority owner and operator of the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland.The Norwegian company has also signed an agreement with Polenergia to acquire a 50% interest in the Bałtyk Środkowy III (BSIII) and Bałtyk Środkowy II (BSII) projects in Poland, and is expected to finalize a power purchase agreement with a US utility by the end of the year for an offshore wind farm in the states.