Police investigations and prosecutions used to harass news media

first_img Help by sharing this information Interrogation by intelligence officials and hostile comments by the president May 31, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Follow the news on Myanmar July 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police investigations and prosecutions used to harass news media to go further News May 12, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Until recently, the media freedom situation in Burma was very promising but this is no longer the case. Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the interrogation of many newspaper editors since 20 June and by the president’s recent expressions of hostility to freedom of information.In a threatening comment on 7 July, President Thein Sein said: “If there is any media that exploits media freedom and causes harm to national security rather than reporting for the sake of the country, effective legal action will be taken against that media.”The latest senior journalists to be detained for questioning were three of the weekly Bi Mon Te Nay’s editors – Ye Min Aung, Win Tin and Naing Sai Aung. They were taken from their homes on the night of 7 July for interrogation by the Special Intelligence Department, also known as Special Branch, about the previous day’s front page, which said Aung San Suu Kyi and community leaders had been elected by the people to be part of an interim government.Claiming that this front page could “cause misunderstanding among the readers and defamation of the government, undermine the stability of the state, and damage public interest,” the authorities announced that Bi Mon Te Nay will be prosecuted. Three computers were seized during a raid on the newspaper’s offices.“Amid continuing political, ethnic and religious tension, the actions of the Burmese authorities have betrayed a certain desperation,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “By adopting an authoritarian and repressive attitude with the media, the government is neither protecting national security nor solving problems related to news coverage.”The editors of at least six publications – Unity Journal, The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Post Weekly, People Era Weekly, The Voice and People Era Daily – were interrogated from 20 to 23 June about their newspapers’ income, expenses and circulation.Journalists’ associations have publicly questioned the motives for these systematic investigations, while the Interim Press Council has asked parliament to take a position on their legality.Deputy interior minister Kyaw Kyaw Htun has tried to be reassuring about the government’s intentions, claiming that the authorities are only talking to editors, not interrogating them. “We want to know basic information such as which journals are successful and why. Which journals are not successful and why.”Initial progress followed by declineBurma saw major progress in freedom of information when the transition to democracy got under way. By 2012, no journalists were in prison and newspapers were no longer subject to prior censorship.But since Ma Khine’s conviction in December 2013, journalists and media have been the target of a growing number of prosecutions. In April, DVB reporter Zaw Phay was given a one-year jail sentence – reduced to three months on appeal – on charges of trespassing on government property and disturbing a civil servant.The CEO of Unity Weekly and four of his journalists were given 10-year jail sentences today on charges of violating state secrets for reporting the existence of a chemical weapons factory (see separate press release).After violence erupted in the eastern state of Arakan in June 2012 and again after an exploratory visit in 2013, Reporters Without Borders tried to explain to the Burmese authorities that media freedom should be seen not as the outcome of a transition to democracy but as one of its prerequisites.Today more than ever, Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to encourage the media to play a vital role by promoting understanding between ethnic groups and a peaceful public discussion of political, ethnic and religious differences. Only the promotion of these values will effectively rein in the extreme polarization and the political manipulation of certain media.Burma is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alertslast_img read more

Santa Fe police officer critically wounded in high school massacre released from hospital

first_imgKTRK (SANTA FE, Texas) — The officer who was injured when he confronted a shooter at a Texas high school last month has been released from the hospital after nearly three weeks.When a 17-year-old student allegedly opened fire at the school on May 18, Santa Fe Independent School District police officer John Barnes was wounded and taken to The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in critical condition.Barnes, a husband and father, “would drop everything and go in there,” Houston Police Captain Jimmy Dale told ABC News shortly after the shooting.“And he knew with an active shooter, to eliminate the threat, any second you waste is a life lost and he wasn’t going to let that happen,” Dale said.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he visited Barnes in the hospital on Monday.“Although the road to recovery will be long and hard, he is in great spirits and looked great,” Acevedo wrote on Twitter.The suspected shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, allegedly killed 10 students and staff and injured 13 others inside the school before he was taken into custody. He was charged with capital murder. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Covers “Ophelia,” Plays Lots Of Classics In Boulder Finale

first_imgLoad remaining images The String Cheese Incident returned to the Fox Theatre last night, playing the second of two consecutive sold out shows along their Winter Carnival run. The intimate setting made for an incredible first night of music, with the band offering up an acoustic set before performing their live album, A String Cheese Incident, in its entirety. Night two focused on classic Cheese, with the band putting together two solid sets of music.The band opened up with “One Step Closer” out of the gate before performing a cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” for the second time ever! The set was filled with standards from the band’s catalog, including “Blackberry Blossom,” “Outside and Inside” and “Just One Story.” They also played “Walls of Time,” for only the second time since 2010.Check out a video of “One Step Closer” below, courtesy of nugs.tv and SCI.The show continued with “Can’t Wait Another Day” to open set two, before the band broke out into the title track of their forthcoming album, “Believe.” They continued with “Rivertrance,” before playing another new song, “One And Only.” They would round out the set with big versions of “Bigger Isn’t Better,” “Round The Wheel,” and “Let’s Go Outside,” bringing the house down with some of their most well known songs.You can watch the video of “Can’t Wait Another Day” below, courtesy of nugs.tv and SCI.The band returned for an encore, coming out strong with both “Barstool” and “Texas.” It was a great night for all! See the full photo gallery from Elliot Siff Photography, below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 3/4/17Set One: One Step Closer, Ophelia, Blackberry Blossom, Walls of Time, Outside and Inside -> Just One StorySet Two: Can’t Wait Another Day, Believe, Rivertrance, One and Only, Bigger Isn’t Better -> Round The Wheel, Let’s Go OutsideEncore: Barstool, Texaslast_img read more

Carly Rae Jepsen & More Will Join Aaron Tveit in Grease Live!

first_imgThe one that we want! Former Broadway Cinderella Carly Rae Jepsen has been tapped for Fox’s upcoming live telecast of Grease as iconic Pink Lady Frenchy. Starring the previously announced Great White Way alums Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and more, Grease: Live will hit the small screen on January 31, 2016.West End alum and Grammy nominee Jessie J will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of “Grease (Is the Word),” first heard in the animated opening title sequence of the 1978 film, and written by Barry Gibb.Also boarding the cast will be Kether Donohue (You’re The Worst), who rounds out the Pink Ladies as Jan, while David Del Rio (Spare Parts) will play T-Bird Putzie. Additionally, Glee and Annie choreographer Zach Woodlee joins the creative team.The popular tuner, which features a score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has been revived on the Great White Way twice since. The 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing.Hamilton’s Thomas Kail will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction, with DWTS’ Alex Rudzinski as the live television director. The cast is set to also include Julianne Hough as Sandy, Keke Palmer (another Cinderella alum) as Marty and Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie.Robert Cary and Buyer & Cellar scribe Jonathan Tolins will pen a new script for television. The pair contributed additional book material to the recent revival of On the Town. View Commentslast_img read more