RSF warns Myanmar about threat to World Press Freedom Index ranking

first_img RSF_en Their conviction was indicative of deep contempt for the rule of law and a complete absence of judicial transparency as regards press freedom. Just as the Official Secrets Act was used to convict them, so the sedition law was used in a completely opaque manner to impose a disproportionate seven-year jail sentence on the columnist Ngar Min Swe on 18 September. – Create a media regulatory body that is completely independent of both the military and civilian authorities. May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire wrote to the head of the government, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, on 6 September urging her to intercede on behalf of the two reporters. Her only response was to say that “they were not jailed because they were journalists” and that “the case has been held in open court.” May 12, 2021 Find out more In the 2018 Index, published in April, Myanmar was ranked 137th out of 180 countries, six places lower than in 2017. There is now every chance that it will fall even further in next year’s Index. Help by sharing this information The seven-year jail sentences that Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo received on 3 September capped a farcical prosecution. The scheme that the military, police and judicial system jointly concocted to detain the two journalists stretched credulity and showed the lengths to which the authorities were ready to go in order to trample on media independence. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies Armed conflictsImprisonedJudicial harassment – Overturn the columnist Ngar Min Swe’s conviction and bring a different charge against him. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Myanmar’s journalists now know that they run the risk of reprisals from the military apparatus if they try to cover what the UN has described as “genocide” in northwestern Rakhine state. Self-censorship is now the rule, as many journalists acknowledge, including Myanmar Now news website editor Swe Win, who is still being prosecuted for criticizing the anti-Muslim tirades of the fundamentalist Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu. Media independence violated News News This means that the “environment and self-censorship” indicator, which represents 13% of a country’s evaluation in the World Press Freedom Index, has every chance of being badly affected. The addition of “media independence” (13%) and “transparency” (7%) means that a third of Myanmar’s overall score for the 2019 Index is already seriously compromised. – Repeal the Official Secrets Act and the sedition law. To contain this trend, RSF recommends that the authorities: – Immediately release the journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and overturn their absurd conviction. RSF issues an “incident report” whenever it notes a major deterioration in one or more of the indicators that are used to determine a country’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index. It is intended to be a warning to the authorities in the country concerned.center_img October 1, 2018 – Updated on October 3, 2018 RSF warns Myanmar about threat to World Press Freedom Index ranking – Amend article 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Act, article 9 (g) of the news media law and article 500 of the Penal Code, which are supposed to prevent defamation but are used in practice as powerful censorship instruments. Many subjects are off limits. The authorities have even prohibited use of the term “Rohingyas” in the media. Media outlets that do not comply are threatened with closure. US-funded Radio Free Asia was banned in June for refusing to refer to “Bengalis” instead of “Rohingyas,” as the government demands. to go further – Stop the security forces from intimidating journalists who try to gather information in Rakhine state and in the states of Shan and Kachin. News Transparency flouted The seven indicators used to compile the Index are pluralism, media independence, abuses and acts of violence against journalists, the media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information. May 31, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts The environment for reporters is just as hostile on the other side of the country, in the northeast. As a result of a recent intensification in the conflict between the army and rebel groups in the states of Shan and Kachin, journalists are unable to cover vast areas controlled by the army. Those who dare to go there are exposed to serious threats and reprisals by the belligerents. Follow the news on Myanmar Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies Armed conflictsImprisonedJudicial harassment Recommendations US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is issuing an “incident report” about the threat to Myanmar’s position in the World Press Freedom Index resulting from grave violations of the freedom to inform since the start of the year, including the long jail terms imposed on two Reuters journalists at the end of a sham trial, exactly one month ago. Poor environment, widespread self-censorship Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Its scores on “environment and self-censorship,” “transparency” and “media independence” – three of the seven indicators used by RSF to arrive at the overall score that determines a country’s ranking – are likely to worsen significantly unless the authorities take corrective measures.last_img read more

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Feeding the soul

first_imgLatest Stories Skip Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Email the author City Councilman Charlie Dunn said the faith of those involved had removed all obstacles in bringing the project to conclusion.“This is a wonderful day,” he said. “It is the day the Lord has made and we rejoice in it.”Retired Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford expressed belief that God has a hand in all things.When the city was attempting to purchase the former Baptist Children’s Home for use as a senior center, grant funds were not awarded.“The city council stepped up and did it anyway,” Lunsford said. “We needed that grant later – for a better project, for the one we have today. This is one of the happiest days I can remember.”Neal Morrison, Alabama Department of Senior Services commissioner, told the gathering that Gov. Robert Bentley cares about the quality of life of all Alabama’s senior adults.“We owe so much to those who came before us,” Morrison said in expressing appreciation to the seniors in attendance for their examples and their contributions. “[The Troy Nutrition Center] is living proof that people who work together make great things happen for great people.”Green said that there was no way she could thank all of those who were involved in the Troy Nutrition Center project.“From the planning through the construction, so many people were dedicated to the project,” she said. “I could never name them all but they know who they are and how much they are appreciated. It’s on the faces of our seniors, every one of them.”Green did recognize her staff, Jessica Cox, Nikki Jones, Kiara Pierson and Eva Jackson, who are instrumental to the program. She also recognized Rosa Boswell, Elizabeth Law and Charlie Terry, who are the senior members of the Troy Nutrition Center.“This new building is a blessing to all of us,” Boswell said. “We’re like family out here and we love each other.”Law said that the nutrition center is home away from home “and what a pretty new home we have.”At age 93, Charlie Terry is the senior among the seniors and he said he couldn’t believe how “richly blessed we are today.”“The Center gives me somewhere to go every day and something to do,” he said. “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this place.”Terry said the new center is just about the prettiest place he has ever seen.“It’s so nice that I’ll have to wear my Sunday britches every day,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know how to thank everybody but I do say ‘thank you.’ And I thank the Good Lord for his hand in it.” Center Director Hassie Green choked back tears as she expressed appreciation for the state-of-the-art facility for the most wonderful people, “our seniors.”“Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!” Green said. “This is a dream come true.”Green said that, in all the time of waiting, she never doubted that a new facility for the city’s seniors would become a reality. “There were some stumbling blocks along the way,” she said. “But I believed that those rough edges would be smoothed out and, in the end, the results would be what we have today.”Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said the Troy Nutrition Center is the result of the hard work of many who are dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of the community’s senior adults.“It is important to have a place where our seniors can go for fellowship.” Reeves said. “The Troy Nutrition Center not only feeds the body, it feeds the soul.”Reeves thanked everyone who had a part in making the dream a reality. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article The new Troy Nutrition Center opens its doors, welcomes seniorsA dream that began four years ago was realized Thursday morning with the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for the Troy Nutrition Center. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Feeding the soul You Might Like Christmas at the Center Students from around Pike County created ornaments to help decorate 10 trees inside the Johnson Center. The trees were lit… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

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Tipp Camoige manager welcomes funding boost

first_imgMinister for Sport Patrick O’Donovan has pledged to give a combined €1m to camogie and ladies football over the next two years to help with things like medical cover and access to training facilities.A deal has also been reached which will see the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Finals shown live on television for the first time.Brian Boyle – whose side play Derry this weekend – has welcomed the developments.last_img

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Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers could use lefty out of bullpen in playoffs

first_imgRich Hill could be returning to a new role.The 39-year-old left-hander is recovering from an elbow injury and is in the early parts of his rehab. Hill told reporters he was “healing ahead of schedule,” however, he could have to pitch out of the bullpen when he gets back on the mound for Los Angeles. Hill, who last pitched in mid-June, holds a 4-1 record with a 2.55 ERA in 10 starts this season. He has struck out 61 and walked 12 in 53 innings on the mound.“We just want to let this process happen for Rich and get him as healthy as we can, understanding his health is most important for this year and beyond for him in his career,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Where that is at the end of September, we will assess the role. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers acquire Jedd Gyorko from Cardinals to add depth “He just wants to come back and contribute. With what he’s done for us in the postseason in years past, you know he can be a big-time contributor. Where that puts him, at that point in time we’ll have the discussion when that time comes.”The Dodgers entered play Tuesday in first place of the National League West with an MLB-best 75-40 record.center_img Hill has made just one regular-season relief appearance with the Dodgers, but there may not be enough games left on the schedule for him to be stretched out as a starter.“Any way to help,” Hill said, via the Orange County Register. “Ideally, starting is the priority. But again, it all depends on how this is going to play out time-wise and how we can get built up. It’s just the time frame and where we’re going to be at. But hopefully we do get built up to start. Either way, get back to pitching.” Related News Is top Dodgers pitching prospect Dustin May’s MLB debut part of an October audition?last_img read more

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How the Internet of Things Helps Us Understand Radiation Levels

first_imgData from Pachube and other sensor networks is being aggregated into various forms. Marian Steinbach, a data visualization specialist, has provided a collection of open data sources related to radiation in Japan. Steinbach wrote a scraper for the SPEEDI radiation dose data that is a continuously updated CSV download. SPEEDI stands for “System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Informatio,” From that data he has created a real-time video of radiation levels. The Internet of Things is a powerful way to collect radiation data and visualize it. The challenge over our lifetimes will be in interpreting this type of data so we can really understand what it means and what we should do about it when disasters strike.Lead image: Associated Press Tags:#Analysis#cloud#Real Time Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams The need to just do something is a real reason people aggregate data from real-time sensors, create maps and share their findings online. Crowdsourcing is a manifestation of that desire to contribute in a way that helps us understand and better define the overwhelming amount of data available.In Japan, crowdsourcing is emerging as a way for people to keep track of the radiation levels around the country, levels that are spiking at times due to the pollution escaping from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.Pachube is being used to monitor Geiger counters across Japan. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The toughest part is understanding what the data means. Haiyan of Failed Robot created a map based upon Pachube data. He explained the issue this way:The toughest part of this visualisation is really understanding what the numbers mean and what impact they have on human health. The first step to this process is standardising the units of measurement, as the crowd-sourced measurements and visualisations may use a number of representations. Units here are in µSv/h (or microSieverts) and we’ve been hearing CNN and NHK World refer to the unit Milisieverts (1 miliSievert = 1000 microSieverts). I also urge other mappers out there to use the µSv/h unit, so we speak a common language. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Gobert to Waiters: ‘It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee’

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert grabs his knee after being injured in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert believes he has every right to be upset after sustaining a leg injury that’s expected to keep him out at least four weeks.The Utah Jazz big man went down Friday when Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters crashed into his leg, causing Gobert’s knee to buckle. The 7-foot-1 center initially called it a dirty play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Usually, I heal very fast,” Gobert said. “We’re not going to rush it or do anything stupid. But I’m pretty confident that I can be back before that.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Waiters was going after a loose ball, then dove awkwardly into Gobert’s leg. He later tweeted, “Dove for the ball right…” with video of the play.Waiters told the Sun-Sentinel on Sunday that he’s never been a dirty player and, “Tell him to get out of his feelings and that’s what it is, just like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee,” Gobert said Monday. “That’s a little more important.“I like to play basketball. Sometimes if someone takes that away from you, you’ve got to get in your feelings for a reason.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gobert woke up Saturday with unexpected stiffness and swelling in the leg. An MRI revealed a bruised right tibia. The 2016-17 second-team All-NBA center said it could have been worse and he’s happy to know he’ll fully recover with no ligament or structural damage. The rehab process is basically to get the swelling down and stay strong and in shape.Playoff aspirations and individual goals remain intact, though they will be much more difficult for Utah to achieve. The Jazz have now lost Gobert for a month, Joe Johnson (wrist) has yet to return and was expected to miss a month, and Dante Exum is out for the season after shoulder surgery. All this after the team lost its top two scorers, Gordon Hayward and George Hill, during offseason free agency.“Just frustrating that I’ll miss some time,” Gobert said. “At the same time I’m feeling lucky because when I look at the video, if I don’t lift my foot up in the air at the same moment, it’d be way worse. Good and bad.”The Frenchman is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Derrick Favors started atcenter Saturday and had 24 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.The Jazz plan to re-evaluate Gobert after four weeks and the general timeline for his return is four to six weeks. Utah’s top player is optimistic it will be sooner than that.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Azkals held to a draw anew as Asian Cup berth remained elusive Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextlast_img read more

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a month agoRoma striker Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan to stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma striker Eden Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan to sign permanently.The striker was an admirer of the Armenian’s talents before he joined the Serie A side and has been impressed so far. He told Sky Sports: “I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football.”He’s a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.”Hopefully he will [stay]. He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal, so hopefully he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us.” last_img read more

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SAAM Posts DoubleDigit Profit Growth

first_imgzoom Chilean provider of port, logistics and towage services SAAM ended the first half of 2017 with a net income of USD 43 million, a rise of 48.3 percent compared to a net income of USD 29 million posted in the same period a year earlier. As informed, this figure was strongly impacted by a non-recurring gain of USD 26.9 million, mainly from the sale of the company’s minority interest in Tramarsa.Excluding non-recurring effects, earnings for the first six months of the year totaled USD 16.6 million, according to SAAM.“Isolating the non-recurring effect, these results reflect the challenges we are facing in an industry experiencing consolidation. For this reason, we are working hard, and with a long-term outlook, to strengthen our current assets and evaluate new opportunities in the region. In this spirit, we are very satisfied with our recent investments in the ports of Caldera in Costa Rica and Guayaquil in Ecuador,” Macario Valdés, CEO of SAAM, commented.During the first half of the year, SAAM’s port terminals division performed well, with sales of USD 163.7 million, up 25% from the same period in 2016. EBITDA totaled USD 50.5 million, reflecting an increase of 14%.These figures can be attributed to Ecuador’s Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) which boasts increased volumes of cargo transferred and positive projections thanks to the recent inauguration of its expanded dock and new infrastructure, SAAM explained.This is in addition to the contribution from Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica, the facility which was added to SAAM’s portfolio in early 2017, and positive commercial management at Terminal Marítimo Mazatlán, Mexico, all of which helped offset poor performances from the Chilean terminals of San Antonio—due to excess supply in Central Chile—Antofagasta and San Vicente.Also during the six-month period, SAAM bought 15% of Iquique Terminal Internacional. Following the acquisition, SAAM now controls 100% of ITI.last_img read more

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