Thai junta tries to silence leading journalist

first_img to go further August 21, 2020 Find out more Update : When Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk responded to a summons from the police today, they told him he is charged with violating the Sedition Act in some of his Facebook posts, two of them posted more than a year ago, in February 2016. He is facing a possible 14-year jail sentence.“We would firstly like to salute the courage and determination that Pravit Rojanaphruk has displayed despite having been harassed for several years,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.“Everyone recognizes Pravit as a talented journalist, and the Thai junta is targeting him because of his professionalism and growing influence. We will continue to campaign and to draw the international public’s attention to this attempt to gag one of the last critical voices in Thailand.” ThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expressionInternet News RSF_en Follow the news on Thailand Prayuth Chan-o-cha, head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). photo : Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP News Receive email alerts August 7, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Thai junta tries to silence leading journalist Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five yearscenter_img June 12, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expressionInternet May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News 7 august 2017 : Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to abandon any plans to prosecute Pravit Rojanaphruk, a well-known journalist and free speech advocate who is to be questioned by police tomorrow about a complaint accusing him of sedition in five Facebook posts.A leading critic of Thailand’s military junta and its lèse-majesté law, Pravit could face a possible 20-year jail sentence if prosecuted on a sedition charge under article 116 of the criminal code as a result of the complaint brought against him by a police lieutenant-colonel.This is just the latest of many attempts to silence Pravit, who has often been targeted by the authorities in connection with his reporting for the Khaosod English news website and (previously) for The Nation newspaper, and the views he expresses.As well judicial harassment, he was banned from leaving the country in 2016 to stop him attending a UNESCO event to mark World Press Freedom Day. In 2015, he was subjected to an “attitude adjustment” session in an undisclosed location. He was detained for a week in 2014.“We call on the authorities to immediately drop any criminal proceedings against Pravit Rojanaphruk,” RSF said. “This forthright journalist has been harassed repeatedly just for expressing his opinions and defending the freedom to inform, to the point that he had to leave his former position with The Nation. It is time the authorities realized that free speech and media freedom are fundamental rights that cannot be attacked in this way, and especially with complete impunity.”Announcing last month that Pravit is to be one of the recipients of its 2017 International Press Freedom Award, the Committee to Protect Journalists described him as “a critical reporter and press freedom advocate in Thailand, who was harassed by the government and detained twice in recent years over his coverage of Thai politics and human rights.”The Thai authorities have constantly violated media freedom ever since the May 2014 coup d’état that brought the military-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to power.Both Thai and foreign journalists and citizen-journalists who dare to criticize the government are often prosecuted on defamation charges, imprisoned or forced to flee the country. In April, the government prohibited any online contact with three political dissidents accused of lèse-majesté.Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, a citizen-journalist, was arrested in February just for sharing a BBC article on Facebook. After eight months in detention, he is now facing up to 15 years in prison in a trial that has just begun.Thailand is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Organisation last_img read more

Twin towns turn pink for breast cancer

first_imgVolunteers needed for Limerick Daffodil Day Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk A SEA OF PINK at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Picture: Keith Wiseman Print Previous articleGarda vow on feuding gangsNext articleSwimming – Medal haul for Limerick Swimming Club John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Stay SunSmart come rain or shine Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk 6 year old Lilly Mowat from Killaloe dances through the Pink Ribbons at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman Cannonball Run is coming back to Limerick A sea of pink at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Picture: Keith WisemanA sea of pink at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Picture: Keith WisemanA SEA of pink washed over the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina on Sunday as they hosted the sixth annual Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer.This year proved to be the biggest event to date, with more than 1,000 walkers and runners and crowds in excess of 1,600 joining in the celebrations afterwards at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Niamh Briggs, captain of the Irish Ladies Rugby Team and this year’s Killaloe Pink Ribbon Ambassador, led out the army of pink t-shirts on the 10k route from the Lakeside Hotel.She said: “It is an honour to be asked to support such an amazing charity. It’s so important to spread the good word, fight the fight and some day they will find a cure.”The first to cross the finish line with a time of 45.02 was Martin Pearl of Ballina, and right behind him was the first lady to pass the line, Mairead O’Callighan of Effin, Co Limerick with a time of 46.17.Carmell DeMello. event chairperson said on Sunday: “I am absolutely thrilled with today’s turnout. It is such an amazing cause, and I’m very proud of the residents of the town for all their effort in making today what it is.”Local businesses once again got involved dressing shop windows, and flying flags and balloons, while a bunting of pink bras swung proudly across the bridge joining the two counties.The funds from the walk go directly to Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society that supports vital services including the National Cancer Freephone Helpline (1800 200 700) staffed by specialist cancer care nurses.In 2011, specialist cancer nurses supported 22,120 callers to the National Cancer Helpline. A total of 741 of these calls came from the Mid West region of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.The Society’s advocacy service provides a voice for women with breast cancer in Ireland, while financial assistance is also available for those experiencing difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Other vital services include: health promotion, providing community and workplace programmes on breast cancer awareness and early detection; night nursing for critically ill patients.Some 8,110 nights of care were provided to 2,014 families in 2011, 996 nights of which were provided in the Mid West region.In addition, more than 688,266 cancer information booklets and fact sheets were provided to people concerned about cancer across the country in 2011 with 58,553 distributed in the Mid West. Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Picture: Keith Wiseman Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Picture: Keith Wiseman Facebook Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Chris Dudley singer with the Mogley Mob during the warming up.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk at the Lakeside Hotel.The Finish Line.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Mogley Mob & DFN entertain the walkers as they cross the bridge.Picture: Keith Wiseman Niamh Briggs appointed as UL Bohs Women’s Head Coach Twitter Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon WalkCarmell DeMello, Chairperson of the Killaloe Pink Ribbon with Niamh Briggs, Ambassador of the Killaloe Pink Ribbon and Captain of the Irish ladies Rugby Team at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk. Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk 6 year old Lilly Mowat from Killaloe dances through the Pink Ribbons at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman TAGSAction Breast CancerballinaIrish Cancer Societykillaloeniamh briggsPink Ribbon Walk WhatsApp Linkedin NewsTwin towns turn pink for breast cancerBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 1393 10 marathons in 10 days for Cancer sufferers Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk A SEA OF PINK at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Nicola Wood and the pink panters…Picture: Keith Wiseman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk at the Lakeside Hotel.The Finish Line.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Mary O’Sullivan, Killaloe hanging Pink Ribbons at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman Email Limerick woman scores €33,000 on Winning Streaklast_img read more

Dave Matthews (Plus Special Guests) And The Revivalists Shine At Jazz Fest [Photos]

first_imgWell, the dizzying annual affair that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is underway, thunderously charging toward its official close on Sunday. The days until the end of the weekend are packed with dozens of daytime performances at the Jazz Fest Fairgrounds and the venues across the city will continue to be stuffed ’til early in the morning with an insane amount of late-night performances by the hundreds of world-class musicians who have taken up residence in the city over the last week or so. Dave Matthews At Jazz Fest | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann The Revivalists At Jazz Fest | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vanncenter_img Jazz Fest Round Two Kicks Off With Widespread Panic And George Porter, Jr. [Photos]On Thursday, the official Jazz Fest performances launched the second weekend of the massive event with a bang, seeing performances by Widespread Panic, George Porter Jr., and more officially welcome in the start of round two. Yesterday, on Cinco De Mayo, the crowd was similarly buzzing for Jazz Fest, and Friday’s festivities were kicked off by stunning daytime performances by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds–a joint performance that also saw the band welcome the legendary Jimmy Buffet to the stage, and later, trumpet player Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band–and The Revivalists. You can check out photos of these performances below, courtesy of Dave Vann.KDTU’s Tribute To The Stones, Worship My Organ, And More Hit Jazz Fest Late Nights [Photos]As to be expected, the party did not stop there. To hold down some of the many Jazz Fest late night’s on Friday evening, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, White Denim, and Worship My Organ (featuring John Medeski, Robert Walter, and Marco Benevento), all threw down across New Orleans in addition to the massive 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous, a huge event with nine performances across the Howlin’ Wolf’s two stages, including multiple giant all-star collaborations.The 15th Annual Bayou Rendezvous Takes Over The Howlin’ Wolf For Jazz Fest [Photos] Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Hamilton Green Cup KO football tourney Triple-header on tonight at MSC ground

first_imgTHE Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden will come alive this evening as the round of 16 matches of the Hamilton Green Cup football tournament continues at the venue with a triple-header card.From 17:00hrs, home side Silver Shattas will face Georgetown Football Club which will be followed by another Linden side, Milerock, taking on Georgetown’s Western Tigers from 19:00hrs.The feature game from 21:00hrs will bring together two Linden teams – Winners Connection and Eagles United.For their match against Georgetown Football Club, Silver Shattas will be highly dependent on custodian Kellon Major, defender Romel Matthews, midfielders Michael Wilson and Dexter Garraway as well as strikers Damion Williams and Robin Adams.Milerock, for their game against Western Tigers, will be looking to strikers Juel McKinnon and Kevin Beaton to do the job for them with support from midfielder Denzil Fordyce, Nellon Walcott and Lorenzo Miller.Colrick Beckles and Oswald Benjamin will assist custodian Jonathan Copeland in the defence.For the feature game, Shakell Frank will be between the uprights for Winners Connection with Derrol Dainty and Alan Garnett lending support at the back. Strikers Marley Davidson and Rawle Gittens are expected to get valuable support from midfielder Keon Sears.Eagles United, for their part, will be looking to strikers Kellon Primo, Clive Nobrega and Omar Brewley as well as midfielder Quasey Quintin, defenders Benny Neblett, Julian Smith and Romain Adams to do the job for them.last_img read more