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: http://inthefield.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/28/blacklisted-cnn-reporter-depo…-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

Prison sentence hangs over teenager who pounced on schoolboy

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsPrison sentence hangs over teenager who pounced on schoolboyBy admin – October 10, 2011 745 Linkedin Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img JUDGE Carroll Moran told a 19-year-old man that he could face a three-year prison sentence for the attempted robbery and the production of a knife to a 12-year-old secondary school student walking home after school.  Samuel Cribbins, with an address at 15 Norbiton Hall, Raheen, was before Judge Carroll Moran, after he pleaded guilty to the offences last month. The court heard that the 12-year-old boy was walking home from a secondary school when he noticed a teenager ahead of him acting suspiciously.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Garda Annmarie Hassett, Mayorstone Garda Station, told the court that on December 20 last, she was on patrol in the northside of the city when a mother and son stopped the Garda car to alert them to an incident that had just occurred shortly after 3pm. The teen, who the boy later identified to be the accused, was wearing a dark hoody and had his face initially covered with a balaclava. The boy crossed the road and walked through the grounds of a nearby church to avoid passing the suspicious character, but as the pair neared a residential drive adjacent to the Ennis Road, Cribbins, the court heard, pounced on him demanding his mobile phone. “Gimme your phone or I’ll dig the head off you,” is what was reported to have been said by Cribbins to the youth. The court heard that during the attack, the boy’s assailant drew a blue handled knife and attempted to cut open his pockets. He then lifted him and threw him to the ground. After a brief struggle, the boy made good his escape and fled towards two people walking near the scene, and alerted them to his attacker.Shortly after, the assailant ran off and the boy’s mother arrived on scene. The court heard that Cribbins was identified by the boy from the patrol car as he walked near the Gaelic Grounds. Cribbins was arrested and found in possession of a blue handle knife, and wearing a dark hoody. In his defence, Brian McInerney, representing the accused, said that Limerick city had many youths wearing similar type hoodies and that Cribbins initially said he had the knife for his own protection. It was also offered that Cribbin, who has suffered from an addiction to prescription tablets since his junior cert years, only asked the youth for his phone and then ran off. The court heard that Cribbins had received a three-month suspended sentence just five days before the attempted robbery incident, and that on May 4 last, “he saw the inside of Mulgrave Street prison,” according to Mr McInerney, as part of a three month sentence handed down for theft. Mr McInerney further stated that Cribbins had encountered some personal difficulties in the last few years when he became addicted to tablets, but when he wasn’t taking them, he was a pleasant and polite young man. Garda Hassett agreed when this was put to her. The court also heard that Cribbins was engaged with the Limerick Youth Service since March 2010, having prematurely left secondary school.Mr McInerney told the court this was the same school that the 12-year-old boy attended.Judge Carroll Moran said that it was a frightening set of events for the boy and his mother, and that an appropriate sentence of three years would be applicable. However, following pleas and mitigation, he deferred the matter until next January, and ordered that Cribbins engage with the Probation Services fully. “I have a three year sentence in mind… I will review it again, but it’s curtains if he gets in trouble between this and then”.The matter was adjourned until January 10, 2012. Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleSocial media risks highlighted at Sports Law SeminarNext articleShots fired on car that rammed gardai adminlast_img read more

What you can see from this Gold Coast penthouse will delight you

first_imgSoak up the views and the sun from the roof.There’s also a separate home office and powder room, and each bedroom is ensuited.The penthouse is located in the exclusive ‘Deepwater Point’ residential complex, with access to two security basement car spaces and leisure facilities including a barbecue area, 25m heated lap pool, as well as a resort-style pool, spa and gym. Another stunning look out. 67/326 Marine Pde, Labrador is on the market for $2.75 million.FOR the first time in over a decade, the penthouse of this iconic Labrador building has hit the market.The spacious 383sq m residence features soaring 6m ceilings and stunning views of the Broadwater, Pacific Ocean, along the Gold Coast coastline and out to the Hinterland. Not a bad spot to enjoy a long lunch.center_img Move in and don’t bring a thing. The apartment will be sold fully furnished.Property records show the tightly-held property last changed hands in 2004.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe owners have enjoyed being close enough to spot dolphins and whales frolicking in the sparkling surf, with spectacular vistas visible throughout. The flow of indoor and outdoor living is paramount, with most of the spaces opening out to private balconies or terraces.A large private terrace off the master suite overlooks the Broadwater and ocean, while a separate family room opens out to a large alfresco entertaining terrace, complete with a built-in barbecue. The indoor and outdoor spaces flow.last_img read more

Bubak back in Dodge City form in DCRP Sprint Car Nationals opener

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley The battled raged on over the ensuing rounds as the duo sliced through lapped traffic until a caution flew after 15 laps. Last year, Bubak swept through all three nights to collect more than $6,000 as he became the third different event winner in as many years. After drawing the second row inside for the feature event after a heat race win, fortune was on Bubak’s side from the outset with scheduled pole starter Koby Walters scratching from the main event. Set for a five-lap dash to the stripe, Carney made a last ditch effort but Bubak was able to hold a two car-length advantage at the line. Carney settled for runner-up honors.  Lorne Wofford, who was in the mix with the lead pair in the closing laps, failed to pass post-race tech, thus handing the show position to Jeremy Huish. Jason Martin rallied from 15th to claim fourth with Taylor Velasquez charging from 18th to round out the top five.  The DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals resumes with a second night of preliminary action on Friday leading the way to Saturday’s $3,000-to-win championship finale.  Friday’s action also includes the opening portion of the seventh annual SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel along with the Kansas Antique Racers. Bubak outdueled Carney on the opening lap to take command.  Carney wasted little time throwing his hat into the ring for the point, sliding ahead briefly in turn two on the third round.  Bubak battled right back and the duo repeated the scene in turn four a half dozen circuits later as lapped traffic came into play. The final caution flew just as the leaders were reaching traffic again.  Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 2. John Carney II; 3. Jeremy Huish; 4. Jason Martin; 3. 5. Taylor Velasquez; 6. Zach Blurton; 7. Monty Ferriera; 8. Jordan Knight; 9. Luke Cranston; 10. Steve Richardson; 11. Tyler Knight; 12. David Luckie; 13. Jake Martens; 14. Ray Seemann; 15. Cody Lampe; 16. Kohl Ricke; 17. J.D. Johnson; 18. Blake Scott; 19. Chris Douglas; 20. Chase Randall; 21. Koby Walters. DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 20) – Colorado’s Jake Bubak picked up right where he left off last year by wiring the field in Thursday night’s 25-lap feature to get the fourth annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals under way atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. And he may have led all 25 laps on Thursday night, but he certainly had to earn it as John Carney II pressured throughout and even slid into the lead briefly on a couple of occasions along the way only to have Bubak successfully counter.  Jake Bubak led every lap in winning Thursday’s opening night Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals feature at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)last_img read more