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Last attempt to save Ganji!

1 August 2005

Masoumeh Shafie, Ganji's wife is going on a strike in front of United Nations office in Tehran on Wednesday at 9:30 AM. She has asked people to join her and show their support and demand Ganji’s release. The latest news according to his wife Massoumeh Shafiei is that during a 5-minute meeting on Friday, Akbar is on the verge of life and death and he fainted and she agreed that he should be syringe-fed to avoid his loss of life. Mrs. Ganji has also said that when she called the hospital on Friday to arrange her next visit, she was told that she could not see him again while she continued giving interviews to the foreign media. She has vowed to continue with the interviews.

You can view some new and sad pitures of Ganji here

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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