RSF calls for release of Eleven Media CEO and chief editor

first_img Organisation Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Burmese judicial system to drop criminal defamation proceedings against two leading journalists who have been held since 11 November over an editorial suggesting that Rangoon region chief minister Phyo Min Thein took a bribe. Follow the news on Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum November 23, 2016 RSF calls for release of Eleven Media CEO and chief editorcenter_img News May 31, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression Eleven Media CEO Than Htut Aung and Chief editor Wai Phyo (photo: Mizzima) News Help by sharing this information to go further News MyanmarAsia – Pacific CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression The two journalists are Than Htut Aung, the CEO of the Eleven Media Group, and Wai Phyo, its chief editor.The chief minister, who is a member of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), announced at a news conference on 9 November that he was bringing a complaint against the two journalists under section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, which penalizes defamation using a telecommunications network.Published in the Eleven Media newspaper Eleven Daily and on Than Htut Aung’s personal Facebook page, the editorial claimed that the chief minister accepted a Philippe Patek watch worth 100,000 dollars from a businessman who was recently released from prison and who has been awarded a Rangoon region construction contract.After refusing to respond to a police summons on 10 November, Than Htut Aung and Wai Phyo were arrested the next day and are now being held in Insein prison pending an appearance before a Rangoon court scheduled for 25 November.“The Telecommunications Law criminalizes media offences and, as such, constitutes a disproportionate response in a defamation case,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“The Rangoon region’s chief minister has every right to defend himself against these allegations but it is completely unacceptable for journalists to be detained for several weeks because of what they publish, just as it is very pernicious for them to be threatened with jail sentences. This case is just reinforcing the already widespread self-censorship.”This is the first time that a senior NLD official has brought a complaint under the Telecommunications Law. Complaints have in the past been filed against people who posted messages allegedly defaming State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi or President Hint Kyaw but not directly by a ruling party leader until now. A complaint was also filed with the Press Council, which regulates the Burmese media. But the Press Council said it could not address the case because it had already been referred to the courts.Representatives of journalists’ associations and a network of lawyers specialized in media issues issue a joint statement on 13 November calling on the Press Council to play its role as mediator in this case. “Rather than obsessing about the issue of journalistic ethics, the authorities should first create a favourable climate for freedom of expression and information,” Ismaïl added. “We call for the immediate repeal of this repressive law, which is a hangover from the previous regime and has no place in today’s Burma. We also call for the Press Council’s mediating role to be reinforced in this kind of case.”Despite significant progress from 2011 to 2014, the media freedom situation continues to be worrying in Burma, which is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. last_img read more

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Maranatha High School Reunites Celebs at “The Show”

first_imgGatherings Maranatha High School Reunites Celebs at “The Show” Article and Photography by MARANATHA HIGH SCHOOL Published on Monday, March 24, 2014 | 12:51 pm Maranatha High School recently held their annual gala – this year a Tasting and Show. The Tasting on the Ambassador Fountain Plaza at their campus was hosted by the Patina Group restaurants, Kendall’s Brasserie, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, and Café Pinot, as well as their very own Minuteman Café Chef and crew. Over 300 people came out for the tasting of flat iron steak, ceviche, BBQ pork, wedge sald, crème brulee and more.Immediately after, over 700 guests filled the Ambassador Auditorium to enjoy “The Show”, bringing to the stage performances by a variety of artists. Linda “Peaches” Tavani, who sold over 9 million records with the Grammy-nominated duo “Peaches & Herb”, headlined the event. The audience was thrilled to witness Herb Fame make a special guest appearance to sing their smash hit “Reunited” and “Shake Your Groove Thing” and see them reunite for the first time in 30 years!The showcase of talent continued with the iconic 1950’s chart-topping recording and television artist, Pat Boone. The lineup also included entertaining performances by artists such as the MUV Dance group, made up of the top dancers in Los Angeles from television’s America’s Best Dance Crew, America’s Got Talent, and the movie Step Up Revolution, the Kamikaze Fireflies, seen on The Tonight Show, and musicians from the Colburn School of Music. There was truly something for everyone!Maranatha’s Parent Association organized the fundraiser to start a Professional Development Fund at Maranatha for their faculty and staff. Dr. Gyertson, Maranatha’s Headmaster noted, “The professionalism of every act was superb. The staging and execution of the evening was energetic, uplifting and engaging.” Dr. Purghart, the principal, added, ““It was such a celebration of life and love, all in glory to God.”Maranatha High School, 169 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 817-4000 or visit www.maranatha-hs.org. HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Community News Subscribe 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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A date for culture

first_imgTwitter Sticks, pipes and priestsASKEATON Contemporary Arts invites us to local craftsman Sean Barron’s exhibition this Saturday March 15, 8pm in the Civic Trust building.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Barron makes walking sticks, smoking pipes and fishing priests,” explains curator Michele Horrigan. “Initially, his work might be labeled as folk art, yet on further inspection it becomes apparent that his work is instead borne out of an understanding of nature and often humorous interpretations of the environment around him”.His first exhibition will be accompanied by a 32-page publication with an essay by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes and interview with Seanie Barron by Horrigan.‘Walking Sticks, Smoking Pipes and Fishing Priests’ is current until July 12. Advertisement Linkedin Email Facebook WhatsApp Cultures and BeliefsHUNT Museum will host a new series on Wednesdays in the run up to Easter in the theme of Lenten talks. First up next Wednesday March 19 at 4.30pm is the Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Rt Revd Trevor Williams whose address is ’Cultures of Beliefs: A Church of Ireland Perspective’.On Wednesday March 26, Rev Vicki Lynch of the United Methodist and Presbyterian Christ Church will speak and on Wednesday April 2, again 4.30pm, Bishop of Limerick RC Brendan Leahy examines ‘Limerick, Culture and John Paul 11′.Finally, Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman OSB will close the series on Wednesday April 9. CommentNewsEducationA date for cultureBy Rose Rushe – March 14, 2014 683 Print Previous articleFamily fun workshopsNext articleGirl savaged by Akita dog Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Postlast_img read more

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