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Call for probe into military junta’s crimes against the media

first_imgNews News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 26, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Follow the news on Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further July 16, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for probe into military junta’s crimes against the media News May 31, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter to Burmese President Thein Sein, who begins a two-day visit to France tomorrow, calling for an investigation into the former military government’s crimes against the media since 1962.Reporters Without BordersPresident U Thein SeinRepublic of the Union of Myanmar16 July 2013Dear President Thein Sein,On the eve of your first visit to Paris since you became the Republic of Myanmar’s president, Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the former military government’s crimes against professional journalists, bloggers and cyber-activists who provide news and information. The aim of this letter is to request the creation of a Commission of Enquiry dedicated to combatting impunity for crimes against news providers since 1962.Two years have passed since the creation of a national commission for human rights and the first reforms opening the way to freedom of the media and information, and we now are approaching the 25th anniversary of the 8 August 1988 massacre. Our organization, which defends and promotes freedom of information, is concerned about the lack of significant efforts to address impunity for the systematic crimes and violations against news providers during the years of repression.Our organization, which was on a blacklist preventing it from working directly in Burma for more than 20 years, is not able to provide an exhaustive list of the crimes committed during this period, but we have kept a record of cases of journalists who were killed by the junta’s henchmen because of their work or who died as a result of the treatment they received from the junta in prison.The authorities in Rangoon announced at a press conference on 14 May 1991 that Ne Win, a correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun who had been jailed since 24 October 1990, had died in hospital from cirrhosis of the liver. The army had accused him of being an opposition supporter but he had never been formally charged or tried.A month later, on 11 June 1991, Ba Thaw, a newspaper cartoonist also known as Maung Thaw Ka, reportedly died in prison. The authorities said he had died of a heart attack. Seven years later, in August 1998, Saw Win, editor of the daily Botahtaung, died of a heart attack in Tharrawady prison. Relatives said he had not been receiving the medical treatment he needed. He had been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment in 1990.In September 1999, Thar Win, a photographer with the government newspaper Kyemon, died at an intelligence agency detention centre. Shortly before his arrest, his newspaper had published a photograph of Gen. Khin Nyunt, the junta’s strongman, alongside a report headlined “The world’s biggest crook.” The authorities claimed that Thar Win had also died of cirrhosis of the liver.Photographer Tin Maung Oo, who often worked for the National League for Democracy (NLD), was struck hard on the head by the junta’s thugs as he was trying to take pictures of an attack on Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade in Depayin on 30 May 2003. He died on the spot. Kenji Nagai, a Japanese photographer and video reporter working for the Japanese news agency APF, was shot dead by a soldier at close range while in a crowd of demonstrators on a Rangoon street with his camera in his hand on 27 September 2007, during the Saffron Revolution. His death was unique inasmuch as it was the only one, possibly therefore the last one, to have been recorded on film for the entire international community to see. A Japanese embassy physician later confirmed that the bullet that killed him had hit his heart after entering through the chest, proving that he had been shot head on.Fellow Japanese journalist Tsutomu Haringey, a colleague of Nagai’s, told Reporters Without Borders that he and other journalists tried to recover Nagai’s video camera “in order to pay a last tribute to his courageous work.” Another video, shot by Burmese journalists and broadcast by the Japanese media in 2007, showed that a soldier took Nagai’s Sony camera from his body. Six years later, Nagai’s family are still waiting for answers, and for justice to be done.We urge you to create a Commission of Enquiry dedicated to combatting impunity for crimes against news providers since 1962 because we know that Burma is now starting a new page in its history and we believe that the process of democratization begun by your government will not be complete without an official effort to render justice for the victims of the military junta’s crimes.The commission’s main task should be to investigate and, as best as possible, to establish the circumstances in which these six journalists died from 1991 to 2007. In addition to their deaths, journalists, media workers and bloggers were subjected to many other abuses by the junta, including arrest, violence, torture and hundreds of years in jail sentences handed down by courts on the military’s orders.This commission’s goal should also be recognition of all the crimes against Burmese and foreign journalists and news providers since the start of the military regime, to be achieved by means of thorough documentation in which we are ready to participate.By undertaking to not let these murders go unpunished and to bring those responsible to justice, you would be taking a historic step towards national reconciliation and guaranteeing all human rights in Burma. We hope our request will meet your approval and we look forward to your reply.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Photos : DVB Burmese In the run-up to President Thein Sein’s visit, Reporters Without Borders has also taken action on the relationship between freedom of information and the issue of violence against Burma’s Rohingya community, which is one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, according to the UN.Reporters Without Borders co-signed an open letter, published yesterday, urging French President François Hollande to ask his Burmese counterpart to guarantee “freedom of the media and information in coverage of the conflicts in Arakan and conflits involving the Rohingyas, as this is crucial for preventing the violence from continuing behind closed doors.”Today, Reporters Without Borders will participate in a news conference on violations of freedom of information that obstruct coverage of the violence, such as the ban on the sale of the latest issue of Time Magazine because it had a cover story about the Burmese nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu called “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”Burma rose 18 places in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 151st out of 179 countries. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alertslast_img read more

Media face many unknowns after tense election campaign

first_img October 1, 2020 Find out more October 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media face many unknowns after tense election campaign July 20, 2020 Find out more News Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections Help by sharing this information June 18, 2020 Find out more GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia News News Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV hostcenter_img Organisation Follow the news on Georgia GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the polarization of the media and many physical attacks on journalists during the fraught campaign that preceded today’s parliamentary elections in Georgia. Recent legislative developments that will have major impact on the media are also a source of concern. Legislative steps backward “We deeply regret the Central Electoral Commission’s hasty adoption of a regulation limiting the ability of journalists to work in polling stations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why was it deemed necessary to curb media personnel rights on election day?”Approved on the evening of 25 September, the regulation drastically restricts coverage by press photographers and TV cameramen. They will need express permission from the president of a polling station in order to enter and, if they get this, will be able to move about freely for only ten minutes. Thereafter they will be confined to the area reserved for observers. Any interview with polling station personnel must take place outside, and if cameramen go outside, they cannot reenter.Today is also the day that the “must carry” law – under which cable TV operators were required to carry all the major satellite TV channels during the election campaign – ceases to have effect. While deploring its short duration, Reporters Without Borders had welcomed the law’s adoption in June as a first step towards more broadcasting pluralism. “It is very regrettable that this law ceases to have effect at the very moment when the election results will be announced,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Are we going back to the previous situation in which pro-government satellite channels dominated cable TV and boycotted cable TV providers such as Global TV that carry opposition stations?”We urge the new parliament that will be installed after this election to turn the ‘must carry’ law into a permanent one and to extend its applicability to over-the-air broadcasting, which reaches a much wider public.” Obstruction, violence The many physical attacks on journalists at political rallies or outside government buildings during the campaign were indicative of the marked social and media polarization. Incidents took place in Mereti on 26 June, Karaleti on 12 July, Beshumi on 4 August, Lantchkhut on 15 August, Gurdjaani on 17 August, Akhmeta on 23 August, Kazbegi on 9 September and Poti on 14 September. Other journalists were threatened, intimidated or denied access to events they wanted to cover.”We firmly condemn these acts of violation and intimidation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is essential that each of these cases is thoroughly investigation in order to punish those responsible and prevent a climate of impunity from taking hold.”Many journalists also report that, in general, access to both government and private-sector information is very difficult and often unfairly granted. Polarization and lack of independence Although accentuated by the election, polarization has already been a feature of Georgia’s media in ordinary times and affects the print media, which are more diverse, as well as radio and TV. The turmoil in the broadcasting media in recent years – such as the formerly opposition TV station Imedi’s takeover by businessmen close to President Mikhail Saakashvili – has been very political in nature. A more recent example was the May 2012 launch of TV9, a station owned by supporters of the billionaire and opposition leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili. TV9’s revelations about the use of torture in prisons has led to two ministers losing their jobs and is widely seen as having had a major impact on public opinion.An all-out news and information war is waged between the pro-government TV stations such as Imedi and Rustavi 2 and opposition stations such as TV9, Maestro and Kavkasia. The former have the advantage in as much as their signals cover the entire country.Independence is obviously very constrained for media personnel when the political orientation of media is so closely correlated with the views of their owners. The creation of really independent media with strong safeguards against owner interference in their editorial policies and investigative reporting is one of the leading challenges Georgia faces. RSF_en to go further At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaignlast_img read more

Video: Defiant Joy

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News More Cool Stuffcenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Community News Subscribe This sermon was delivered by Pastor Scott Wood, Senior Pastor Crescenta Valley Church on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Pastor Scott Wood grew up in a pastor’s home and picked up the passion for spiritual things from his parents and found Jesus when he got a bit older. Through Him his love for people and desire to see them experience all that God has planned for them has burned bright. In 1977, he met Kathe Bedell, whom he married. They will celebrate their 35th anniversary this December.Crescenta Valley Church, 4001 La Crescenta Avenue, La Crescenta, (818) 249-5805 or visit www.cvchurch.com. Sermons and Lessons Video: Defiant Joy Delivered by Rev. Scott Wood, Crescenta Valley Church, La Crescenta Published on Monday, June 4, 2012 | 1:17 pmlast_img read more

Something Fishy

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Former Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said the step containing the fish fossil was preserved as a remainder and reminder of the historic Troy High School. The step was also important because the prehistoric organism serves as a monument to the little feet that “unearthed” it. “At age 83, Lindsey said he would like to publicize the find to all those who walked the steps of THS – “a rapidly decreasing group.”“The small segment of the population that believes the earth was created 6,000 years ago will object but surely they must be few,” he said. “Granite is about 80,000,000 years old so the fossil would have to be older.”The monument to the thousands of young feet that exposed the fish fossil has been preserved and may be viewed at Troy City Hall. By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day A granite step that contains a fish fossil that was exposed by the tramping of the feet of thousands of students at Troy High School is on display at Troy City Hall. Recent attention was brought to the fish fossil that is unique among school memorabilia by an early student of THS. The fossil was in the third or fourth step on the left side about four feet from the brick. THS students remember the building as a grand old school.Something fishy is going on in Troy.And William “Bill” Lindsey is ready to tell about it.“As a native of Troy and an early student of Troy High School on Elm Street, I was aware of nearly all of the interesting stuff that was in or occurred in Troy in the 1940s,” said Lindsey who now makes his home in Virginia. “One of the most interesting was the discovery of a fish fossil in the granite step in the front of Troy High School. Thousands of footsteps had worn away the stone to reveal the fossil.” Print Articlecenter_img Something Fishy Lindsey said Huggins is deceased and he doesn’t remember telling anyone else about it.“I may have mentioned it at a class reunion of the Class of 1952 but I just don’t know,” he said.Much later, Lindsey said he learned that historic THS building was going to be razed and made the fish fossil discovery known to city officials. He asked that the section of the step containing the fossil be cut out and saved for display at some public venue later.“Karen Bullard, genealogist at the Troy Public Library, kept track and told me that the step had been sectioned and the fossil saved,” Lindsey said. “I was later told that it was being stored in some public building. This may be unique among school memorabilia and certainly is in Troy.” By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Email the author You Might Like TROJAN FAN: Physician, players surprise resident Lakesha Cannon enjoyed a surprise visit from Troy Trojan football players on Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mickey… read more Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 22, 2016 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Lindsey said the fossil was first discovered after Troy High School was no longer being used.“A friend, Billy Huggins, whose father owned a Pure Oil station on Trojan Terrace, told me about it,” he said. “My wife and I saw and photographed the step which contained the fossil of a fish.“The fish fossil shows up very clearly in the granite as a white fish skeleton.  I was blown away by the discovery and that we had walked over the fossil for many years without discovering it.”last_img read more

PSG Banks on Paris Crowd to Upstage Real Madrid

first_imgParis St Germain are hoping their Parc des Princes crowd will help them overturn a 3-1 deficit in their Champions League last-16 return leg against Real Madrid as they try to cope without the injured Neymar.The talismanic Brazilian forward was ruled out of the game tonight after undergoing foot surgery, but PSG coach Unai Emery is confident the home fans will play a key role.“You play a game with your head and your heart. On Tuesday (tonight), the heart will be the most important thing,” Emery told a news conference yesterday. “And we will be playing with 12 players tonight because we will have the backing of the crowd.”PSG has lost its last five return legs in the Champions League, notably going out in the last 16 last season when it slumped to a 6-1 loss at Barcelona after beating the Spanish side 4-0 in Paris.“Our team, even without Neymar, is able to beat the best Real Madrid team,” said Emery.“With Neymar, PSG is stronger, but we are still strong without him,” fullback, Dani Alves said.“There are two options: either we sit and cry, or we stand on our feet and fight.”If the Paris team is going to knock out the defending champions, PSG will need to be more focused than during the first leg, when it conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes.“In the first leg we played better, had the best opportunities. But this time we need to do that for 90 minutes, not just 80,” Alves said.TODAY PSG Vs Real Madrid Liverpool Vs FC Porto TOMORROW Man City Vs FC Basel Tottenham Vs JuventusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more