Journalist banned from leaving the country to collect prize

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa January 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist banned from leaving the country to collect prize News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more News to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistscenter_img Reporters Without Borders expressed concern after freelance journalist, Taghi Rahmani, was prevented from leaving Iran as he prepared to travel to Denmark on 13 January 2007, to receive a prize awarded by the local section of the freedom of expression organisation, PEN International.“We are very disturbed by this step, which has no legal basis,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “A ban on leaving the country, often used in Iran against independent voices, is designed above all to cut journalists off from the external world. This harassment is also intended to punish them for having links with foreign media and organisations”, it added.Rahmani told Reporters Without Borders that he had been arrested on the tarmac at Tehran international airport, moments before boarding the plane for Copenhagen. He added that the authorities had also seized his passport.The journalist, who is a leading press freedom activist, has worked for several Iranian publications, which has brought him into frequent conflict with the regime. Between 1981 and 2005, he was sentenced to a total of 5,000 days in prison for articles he had written.Elsewhere, Reporters Without Borders repeated its anxiety about the plight of Kaveh Javanmard, journalist on the weekly Karfto, held secretly for exactly one month. His family has not received any news of him since his arrest, on 18 December 2006, from his home in Sanandej (Iranian Kurdistan) by intelligence ministry agents. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Galvin speaks on leadership and management

first_imgThroughout her professional experience in academia, industry and government, Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science, said she realized each sector confused leadership and management. Galvin spoke on this confusion in a lecture Tuesday night that was a part of the inaugural Living Legends of Engineering Leadership Lecture Series.Galvin said leadership and management are fundamentally different because management is goal-oriented organization.“I see management as being in a position where you’re putting together a team of people, optimizing their skills to accomplish a task, and your job is to assemble and direct the team,” she said.Leadership, on the other hand, stems from a trusting relationship, Galvin said.“A commander commands their power, a leader receives it, and to me that’s the real difference,” Galvin said. “If you are a leader, truly leading people, your power is coming from them. … As a leader you have to have followers, and [your power] is not coming just from your authority over them — that’s command, many times it can be management — but to really be a leader, its something thats given to you by the people you’re leading.”Galvin said she wanted to make clear that being a leader is not the same as being a good person, though there are good leaders. A good leader, Galvin said, comes from within because they are rooted in who they are and what they believe in, they have the trust a respect of their followers, and they have vision and passion.Galvin said she learned the importance of having deeply rooted values from an experience she had while working at Bell Laboratories. Galvin said she took nine months off work while she was pregnant and after giving birth to her son. Her colleagues, Galvin said, said they respected her decision, but that a decision like that ended a woman’s career — they wanted her to leave. Galvin said she decided that was not an option.“I didn’t give up, and I stayed in,” Galvin said. “I published some great work that year, and they decided that I didn’t need to leave. I became a distinguished member. But as I went through that time, I realized … I had to understand why I was doing it and what I thought would be a successful life. And in deciding that, I became very rooted in doing things because I wanted to because I thought they were right, because they met my values.”Galvin said an important question to ask of yourself, as a leader or a manager, is, What is best, not for myself, but for the organization? Galvin said you need to be able to answer that question and ultimately, be able to stand behind the answer.Tags: College of Science, Living Legends of Engineering Leadership Lecture Series, mary galvinlast_img read more

Paid parental leave veto confirmed

first_imgNZ Herald 11 April 2012Finance Minister Bill English confirmed this afternoon that National will veto a bill to extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months.He said the Government would have to borrow more money to fund it just at a time when it was trying to reduce its deficit.“We have maintained paid parental leave and we currently spend about $150 million [a year] on it,” he told reporters at Parliament.“But we are still two or three years from getting out of the woods on the deficit so we think it is a bit soon to be trying to expand entitlements when our big challenge has been to maintain them as they are.”Mr English said Labour specialised in trying to get political benefit without showing the real cost by saying it would take 10 years to implement.“That’s just misleading the public. The fact is doubling it will cost another $150 million a year. You’d have to borrow half a billion over the next three or four years. We’re simply not willing to do that.” read more