June 9, 2021 Find out more Seid Mohammad Mehdi Tabatabai, the editor of the monthly Nasimebidari, was notified by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance on 30 April that his publication had been suspended for two months by the Tehran prosecutor’s office the previous day for failing to respect the High Council for National Security’s directives.Each week, the council sends the media a list of subjects to be avoided that vary according to political developments. The latest issue of Nasimebidari included an interview with former President Mohammad Khatami, who is a reformist.Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the health of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and spokesperson for the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, who was arrested on 21 April. She is being held in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Evin prison, a section controlled by the intelligence ministry, and her family says she has had a nervous breakdown. Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en News News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists and media hounded from all quarters March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Mahmud Shokraieh, a cartoonist with the weekly Nameh Amir in the central city of Arak, was notified on 3 May that he has been sentenced to 25 lashes for portraying a local parliamentary representative as a footballer in a cartoon. The court ruled that Shokraieh had “insulted” the parliamentarian, who sued both him and the newspaper’s editor. The editor was acquitted. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the range of methods that the Iranian authorities use to keep intensifying their harassment of journalists and media.In the past two weeks, two journalists were arrested to begin serving previously imposed jail sentences and a third was sentenced to 25 lashes, while a monthly was suspended for two months. Many detained journalists, such as Narges Mohammadi, are being subjected to inhuman and degrading conditions and denied their most basic rights.Journalist Mahssa Amrabadi, the wife of imprisoned journalist Masoud Bastani, was arrested yesterday after receiving a summons to report to the prosecutor’s office at Evin prison. She was sentenced by a Tehran revolutionary court on 20 February to five years in prison (one definite and four conditional) for giving interviews and writing articles in support of her husband and demanding his release.She was also sentenced by another Tehran revolutionary court on 14 October 2010 to a year in prison for “anti-government propaganda.” Her husband, who used to work for the daily Farhikhteghan, is in Rajaishahr prison. Arrested on 4 July 2009, he was tried along with many other journalists in the Stalinist-style mass trials that the government began holding in Tehran in August 2009. A revolutionary court sentenced him to six years in prison on 1 November 2009.Reza Ansari Rad, a journalist with various pro-reform media, was summoned on 2 May to begin serving the one-year jail sentence which he received in 2010 on a charge of “anti-government propaganda” and which was upheld by a Tehran appeal court in March.
Perhaps one of the most excitingly new things to come this summer is The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The seemingly unlikely duo of Primus bassist Les Claypool and Beatle offspring/Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger leader Sean Lennon came together in a psychedelic collaboration one could have never dreamed of, but wish they had. One might even describe the combination of masterminds as pure magic. Their first single “Cricket & The Genie” dropped the day after the duo’s name mysteriously appeared on the Bonnaroo lineup back in January. Claypool plays bass on the track, while Lennon does vocals and all of the other instrumentation. Claypool describes Lennon and the project quite colorfully, saying, “Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart. He definitely reflects his genetics – not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew,” he told Pitchfork.Today, they share a lyrical video to supplement the previously released track. Before the psychedelic morphings of the digital world are the lyrics to the song. Seeing the words spelled out across the screen provides a bizarre understanding to what Claypool and Lennon came up with during their songwriting process. Watch and listen to the track below:Claypool explained earlier this year that he met Lennon on a joint tour and they became friends backstage. “I asked Sean if he’d like to come to Rancho Relaxo and see if we couldn’t get some interesting sounds on tape. Next thing I know he’s staying in my guesthouse over the holidays and we’re drinking vino, hunting mushrooms and throwing musical pasta at the walls.”Lennon adds, “The Claypool Lennon Delirium will (gently) melt your face with heart-pounding low-frequency oscillations and interdimensional guitar squeals. We look forward to seeing you very soon.” The feeling is mutual. Learn more about the track and how the unlikely duo came together here.[via CoS]