After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further News Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en January 17, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mourning Mothers spokesperson to serve six-month jail term Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned to learn that Mansoureh Behkish, a netizen and founder of the Mourning Mothers movement, has been told to report to the sentence application court at Tehran’s Evin prison on 29 January to begin serving a six-month jail sentence.“We urge the authorities not to jail Behkish,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The way she has been hounded for years is typical of the constant harassment received by the relatives of executed prisoners when they refuse to comply with the regime’s desire to maintain a veil of silence over these cases.“Their only crime is to keep demanding truth and justice for those who were hanged or disappeared in mass graves. It is outrageous that men and women such as Behkish who dare to provide information about these cases are being convicted and jailed on charges of anti-government propaganda.”The mouthpiece of Mourning Mothers, an alliance of mothers and other relatives of prisoners who have been executed from the 1980s onwards, Behkish has repeatedly been harassed and detained.She and 33 other members of Mourning Mothers were arrested while demonstrating in Tehran’s Laleh Park on 9 January 2010. Banned from leaving the country when freed on 17 March 2011, she was arrested again in Tehran on 12 June 2011 and spent a month in Section 209 of Evin prison.A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced her to four and a half years in prison in December 2011. On appeal, her sentence was reduced to six months in prison on the anti-government propaganda charge and a suspended sentence of three and a half years in prison for “activities threatening national security.”Bekhish also belongs to “Mothers of Khavaran,” a movement named after the south Tehran cemetery used as common grave for political prisoners who were executed en masse in 1988. Bekhish posts articles on various websites about these groups, their ceremonies and the harassment to which they are subjected. Six of her close relatives (four brothers, a sister and a brother-in-law) were executed during the 1980s. She has a gravely ill mother who she has to look after on her own.With 28 journalists and 20 netizens currently detained, Iran is one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel. February 25, 2021 Find out more
Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 11 By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaShopping for new landscape plants? Check out the Georgia GoldMedal Winners.Since 1994, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, Inc., hasbeen helping Georgia gardeners improve their landscapes. Eachyear they recommend a new list of beautiful, proven landscapeplants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers,landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers andUniversity of Georgia horticulturists. It was organized in 1994to promote the production, sale and use of superior landscapeplants.Each year they select an annual, perennial, shrub and tree andsometimes a flowering vine from a long list of nominees andaward them Georgia Gold Medals. Only the best of the best canearn the top honors.What it takesTo choose the winners, the committee looks at seasonal interest,outstanding or unusual qualities, ease of propagation, hardiness,adaptability, durability, pest tolerance and lack of invasiveness.The 2004 Georgia Gold Medal Winners:Chartreuse Joseph’s Coat is anannual bedding plant prized for its yellow-green foliage. It’strouble-free in the landscape from spring to fall frost. Thestems and leaves both are bright yellow-green, providingseason-long color while requiring little routine care. It’s achoice plant for today’s part-time gardener.Anise Hyssop hybrids, including”Apricot Sunrise,” “Firebird,” “Tutti Frutti” and “Blue Fortune,”are the herbaceous perennial winners. These flowering herbs areprized for their aromatic foliage, tolerance to pests (includingdeer) and nonstop flowering from spring to fall. Just aboutanybody can grow Anise Hyssop with ease.Summer Snowflake viburnum is aflowering shrub that blooms in spring, then repeats its bloomsthroughout the summer and fall. The flowers give way in latesummer to clusters of bright-red fruit that fade to black. Awine-red leaf color signals the end to another growing season.Bald cypress is the tree winner.It’s a native tree seldom appreciated outside the swamps of southGeorgia. But it’s surprisingly drought-tolerant and will adapt toa range of growing conditions. Orange fall color and a peelingbark are other outstanding merits.To learn more about on the Georgia Gold Medal Winners program,visit the Web at www.georgiagoldmedal.com.The site shows the plants chosen by the Georgia Plant SelectionsCommittee from 1994 to 2003.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Looking at the destinations, most overnight stays so far in July were realized in the destinations Vir, Rovinj, Medulin, Mali Lošinj, Poreč, Umag, Crikvenica and others. Photo: Municipality of Vir In the commercial and non-commercial segment (eVisitor) and in the nautical charter (eCrew system), for the first time this year, more than more people are staying in Croatian destinations this year. 500.000 tourists of which about 430.000 are foreigners. At the moment, most foreign guests come from the market Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. “We realize the largest tourist turnover from those markets where we carry out intensive promotional activities aimed at positioning our country as an interesting, but above all safe tourist destination. The achieved results prove that we succeeded in that because Croatia is one of the few tourist destinations in the Mediterranean where tourist traffic is realized. We expect guests from distant non-European markets, but also from the UK, France or Scandinavia during mid-July with an increase in the number of airlines that will positively affect the overall traffic in the country, especially the results of destinations in central and southern Dalmatia. stated the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that responsible behavior and adherence to all prescribed epidemiological measures are still extremely important. The beginning of July for Croatian tourism, given the corona crisis, and according to the results of the Croatian Tourist Board, was quite successful. In the period from 1 to 10 July in Croatia it has been achieved almost 600 thousand arrivals (46% of results achieved during the same period last year) i 4,4 million overnight stays (53% of the results achieved during the same period last year). Looking at overnight stays realized in the same period by counties, most of them were realized in Istria (1,2 million overnight stays), Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (975.000) and Zadar County (819.000 overnight stays). They are followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 706.000 overnight stays, the Šibenik-Knin County with 321.000, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 188.000 overnight stays and the Lika-Senj County with 167.000 overnight stays in July.