No credible elections without media freedom

first_imgNews Organisation to go further Follow the news on Myanmar May 31, 2021 Find out more News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association believe that, as things stand, the elections which the military government plans to hold this year will have no credibility because of the lack of freedom for both Burmese and international news media. Prior censorship, intimidation, imprisonment and expulsion of foreign reporters are all completely incompatible with a free election.“The electoral laws established by the military government do not guarantee the media’s right to freely cover the campaign and voting,” the two organisations said. “All journalists, Burmese and foreign, should have unrestricted access to information, polling stations, all the participating parties (including their candidates), the Electoral Commission and the government. But this is definitely not the case.”The two organisations added: “Since the publication of the electoral laws, many governments and the United Nations have deplored the undemocratic framework created by the generals but ASEAN and China have remained outrageously silent. The international community has a duty to obtain a democratic framework for the elections or else they will have no credibility.”Reporters Without Borders wrote to ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan and the foreign ministers of six ASEAN member states on 11 March asking them to react to the lack of guarantees for press freedom in Burma, an ASEAN member, before the elections take place.The two organisations have analysed recent developments affecting the environment for the media. In a 17 March announcement, the military insisted that political parties that want to publish reports or programmes will have to get them approved by the censorship office within 90 days of their registration with the Electoral Commission. The announcement made all electoral leaflets, newspapers, books and publications subject to the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Act, under which disseminating information that criticises the government or disturbs the peace is punishable by up to seven years in prison.Articles about the elections in several privately-owned publications have been censored this month, including interviews with candidates such as Shwe Ohn of the Union Democracy Alliance. According to several sources, a special group led by Lt. Gen. Myint Swe has been set up within the censorship office to monitor all articles relating to the elections.The military government seems to have stepped up its control of the Internet in anticipation of the elections. Centralising network management in Yadanabon Cyber City will reportedly enable the authorities to monitor electronic communications better, above all with help from China.Some Burmese Internet Service Providers have obtained censorship and surveillance equipment from the Chinese subsidiary of the Franco-American company Alcatel-Lucent. Reporters Without Borders and the NGO Sherpa have written to Alcatel-Lucent asking for an explanation about the sale of equipment in Burma, including equipment labelled “Lawful Interception Integrated.” The company has dismissed the allegations, insisting that it just provides telecommunications infrastructure under a project funded by China.Nonetheless, a spokesman for the government-controlled ISP Hanthawaddy was quoted in an article in the Myanmar Times in May 2008 as saying Alcatel’s Chinese subsidiary had provided a system for filtering and monitoring communications.The military government has not so far given the international media any guarantees. The order of expulsion of CNN Southeast Asia correspondent Dan Rivers announced today after just 24 hours in the country bodes ill for the treatment that the international media will get during the elections. Rivers, who was in the capital, was asked to leave despite a press visa authorising him to cover the Armed Forces Day military parade.Finally, Burmese news media that are based abroad, such as Democratic Voice of Burma, are still banned from operating within Burma although they are the main source of news for Burmese. At least 12 journalists are currently in prison, some of them serving jail terms of more than 20 years.Burma was ranked 171st out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read what happened to Dan Rivers:…-from-myanmar-again/?hpt=C1 Receive email alerts Newscenter_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en March 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No credible elections without media freedom RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Letterkenny IT could become part of a “Regional Technological University”

first_img Letterkenny IT could become part of a “Regional Technological University” The President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology says discussions are ongoing which could see the college become part of a Regional Technological University.Speaking as the college celebrates its 40th anniversary, Paul Hannigan said they are in ongoing discussions with other institutions, particularly the University of Ulster.He says since it opened as Letterkenny Regional Technical College in 1971, Letterkenny IT has become a central facet of the economy in Donegal, and whatever happens in future discussions, that will remain the case…………..[podcast][/podcast] By News Highland – September 15, 2011 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebookcenter_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleCope seeks appointment of administrator to MFGNext articleMan charged in connection with Letterkenny stabbing back in court today News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter WhatsApp Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitterlast_img read more

ADNOC CEO seeks opportunities to strengthen UAE-India energy relationship during virtual dialogue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

first_imgIn the past two years, ADNOC has enhanced its strategic energy links with India – a key growth market for crude, refined and petrochemical products ADNOC CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. (Credit: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), reinforced the close and deep-rooted economic ties between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India during a virtual session with His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.Speaking at the interactive session between Prime Minister Modi and leading global oil and gas CEOs during the 5th annual roundtable organized by NITI Aayog and India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said India has always been and will always remain one of the UAE’s closest friends and one of its most important trading partners. He noted the strategic ties between both countries have strengthened in recent years, particularly in the field of energy.“Today, Indian companies represent some of Abu Dhabi’s key concession and exploration partners. As we continue to work together, I see significant new opportunities for enhanced partnerships, particularly across our downstream portfolio. As you know, we have launched an ambitious plan to expand our chemicals, petrochemicals, derivatives and industrial base in Abu Dhabi and I look forward to exploring partnerships with even more Indian companies across our hydrocarbon value chain.“India’s remarkable growth as an economic power has cemented its place as one of the world’s largest energy consumers. In fact, it represents the second biggest market for ADNOC. This is a position we hope to build on, in line with the huge expansion of India’s ambitions for growth. ADNOC is ready to meet India’s growing demand across the full portfolio of our products,” H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said.He added ADNOC is proud to be a key supplier to India’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves and is keen to expand the commercial scale and scope of this strategic reserves partnership.In the past two years, ADNOC has enhanced its strategic energy links with India – a key growth market for crude, refined and petrochemical products. In addition to its partnership in the strategic reserves program, ADNOC is also a stakeholder in one of India’s largest refinery and petrochemicals projects, to be constructed on India’s west coast.Concluding his remarks, H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said he believes both countries have only scratched the surface of the opportunities that could benefit both India and the UAE in the energy sector.“I believe that by seizing these opportunities, we can in fact enhance the speed of post-Covid economic recovery. I very much look forward to expanding our relationship across multiple areas and I am absolutely certain that we can remove any barriers that may stand in our way,” H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said.The interactive session was preceded by an inaugural address by Prime Minister Modi and opening remarks by Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The objective of the roundtable is to deliver a global platform to understand best practices, discuss reforms, and inform strategies for accelerating investments into the Indian oil & gas value chain.Other speakers include H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Hon. Dab Brouillette, Secretary of Energy, United States of America; Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, Total; Bernard Looney, CEO, BP; H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary-General, OPEC; Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO, Baker Hughes; Tengku Muhammad Taufik, President and Group CEO, Petronas; Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; and Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.Indian companies have steadily increased their participation in the UAE’s energy sector. In March 2019, a consortium of two Indian oil companies were awarded the exploration rights for an onshore block in Abu Dhabi. This followed the award in February 2018 of a 10 percent participating interest in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum Concession to an Indian consortium of three companies. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Arsenal transfer target Gary Cahill set to stay at Chelsea

first_img Coral BarryThursday 31 Jan 2019 2:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link926Shares Arsenal transfer target Gary Cahill set to stay at Chelsea Emery speaks after his Arsenal’s 2-1 win over CardiffTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:09FullscreenEmery speaks after his Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Cardiff is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Chelsea star Willian’s representatives in Paris poised to complete transfer Comment Chelsea are happy to allow Cahill to leave on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Gary Cahill is set to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season despite transfer interest from Arsenal, reports say.Unai Emery had been tipped to make a last-ditch move for Cahill with Arsenal struggling with defensive injuries.Cahill has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, but has found himself on the fringes of Maurizio Sarri’s squad this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Evening Standard claim Cahill will not be able to make a deadline day switch due to his wages.ADVERTISEMENTChelsea would sanction a loan, but only if a club would be willing to pay the entirety of his salary.AdvertisementAdvertisementCahill earns £130,000 a week at Chelsea and has just five months left on his current deal at the club.center_img Cahill was tipped to ease Arsenal’s defensive woes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are restricted to loan deals this month, but the Gunners would be unwilling to pay a temporary player such a huge wage.Chelsea fielded offers from several Premier League clubs, but Cahill did not want to leave London as his family is settled.But the Englishman’s wage seems to have chalked off the possibility of London clubs like Crystal Palace and Fulham bringing him on board on loan.While Emery is set to miss out on Cahill, Arsenal did confirm the signing of Barcelona forward Denis Suarez. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more