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Open letter to interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont about press freedom violations

first_img Dear Prime Minister,Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to draw your attention to the plight of the news media in Thailand, where 300 radio stations and several websites have been closed since 19 September and where there is now an interim constitution that has not rescinded decrees imposing restrictions on the media and banning political activity and gatherings of more than five people.Articles 39, 40 and 41 of the 1997 constitution, which guaranteed press freedom, should have been maintained in the provisional constitution. The drafting of the future constitution cannot take place without a free debate relayed by the media. The construction of a lasting democracy depends on the development of independent media.We deplore the self-censorship steadily taking hold in television since the military ordered journalists to be “cooperative in maintaining order.” It has, for example, become impossible to broadcast the personal views of editorialists or SMS comments sent in by viewers. It would also be regrettable if foreign TV stations were censored in the future as CNN and the BBC already have been.Some 300 community radio stations are still shut down or censored, especially in the north of the country. Seventeen provinces had these mainly AM stations. Reporters Without Borders joins the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in condemning these retrograde measures.A website set up by students at Bangkok’s Midnight University, www.midnightuniv.org, was blocked on 29 September. It functioned as a forum for discussing the restrictions on civil liberties imposed by the military. When Thai Internet users now try to access this online publication, they find the following message: “The page is temporarily blocked because this forum contained messages insulting the monarchy.”An article posted on the BBC’s site at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5367936.stm has been rendered inaccessible for people within Thailand. Headlined “Thai king remains centre stage,” it analyses the political role being played by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has reigned since 1946. Anyone trying to reach this page is now automatically redirected to this address : http://cyberinspector.org/iiiiikkkiiiiikkiikkkii/index2.php.The 19 September Anti Coup Network website (http://www.19sep.org/) was closed down by its host company at the information ministry’s behest on 21 September on the grounds that it was “in violation of rules imposed by the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM).” Launched on 20 September, the site aimed to be a place for exchanging news and views. Following its closure, its webmasters initiated judicial proceedings with the aim of having it reopened. On 27 September, the ministry confirmed the closure of more than 10 websites alleged to be violating CDRM regulations.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Respectfully,Robert MénardReporters Without Borders Secretary-General————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org ThailandAsia – Pacific Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom May 12, 2021 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls for an end to the censorship of community radio stations and several websites in an open letter to Gen. Surayud Chulanont, who was appointed interim prime minister on 1 October. October 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont about press freedom violations News Follow the news on Thailand August 21, 2020 Find out more News to go further Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News Help by sharing this information ThailandAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more


first_imgCal Ripken Registration continues every Tuesday through October 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cal Ripken field located at 145 East 5th St. For information, email Mike at [email protected] Two of our Ripken stars are pictured here: Jakob Sanniola and Jose Angel Valverde showing some love on the field. ×last_img

In the BB archives

first_imgThis week’s press conference at the Ministry of Food commenced on a none-too-jolly note. It concerned bones. Bones are wanted for the production of fertiliser, bone grease and glue. It was stated that the Ministry was anxious to secure that the maximum quantity of bones is collected from private households.Although the actual quantity now being collected is considerable, the salvage of bones is not being carried out with anything like the same extent as the salvage of waste paper and waste metal. The hint is, however, that small caterers who do not already have a commercial arrangement for the disposal of their waste, not forgetting the all-important bones – and those the dog would bury for a rainy day, if he had his way – should look into the matter forthwith.last_img read more

Consumer ‘dismay’ on foreign eggs

first_imgBakery manufacturers using imported eggs in their products could be risking their reputation after new research found consumers were “dismayed” to discover foreign eggs are regularly used in British-made food.Focus group research, commissioned by British Lion Egg Products, found that consumers felt the use of foreign eggs compromised the quality and value of the product they were buying. Respondents assumed the eggs in products such as quiche would be British and were “shocked” to find out that they often contained imported eggs.The UK imported the equivalent of around one billion eggs in 2009, in the form of egg products, such as dried, liquid and frozen eggs, which are widely used in bakery products. The 2008 annual market price for 100kg of eggs in the Netherlands was €79 and in Spain €103, while in the UK it was €116, according to the European Egg Processors’ Association.Craft bakery chain Birds of Derby uses the British Lion egg logo on point-of-sale material to highlight to customers that the company only uses British eggs. Mike Holling, retail operations manager, said: “The British Lion mark gives us confidence that the eggs we are buying are produced to the highest food safety standards – for example chicks are inoculated against salmonella. Our customers also like the fact we use regional and British ingredients whenever we can.”last_img read more

White House: US Offer to Nicolás Maduro ‘is too generous’

first_imgBy Carolina Valladares/Voice of America (VOA) May 08, 2020 In an interview with Voice of America, Mauricio Claver-Carone, senior director of the National Security Council Office for Western Hemisphere Affairs, urged Nicolás Maduro to seriously consider the plan presented by the government of U.S. President Donald Trump to create a transitional government.Neither Maduro nor Interim President Juan Guaidó will be part of this plan.Claver-Carone, who is also a security adviser for Trump, said that the White House’s proposal is “too generous” and warned Maduro that “no one who confronts the American legal system fares well.” On March 26, U.S. Attorney General William Barr filed formal charges against the Venezuelan leader for narcoterrorism, narcotrafficking, and corruption.Carolina Valladares, VOA: Are the United States’ latest moves in the region, including announcing an increased military presence, a sign that the U.S. is losing patience with Venezuela?Mauricio Claver-Carone, adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump for Western Hemisphere Affairs: Undoubtedly, we currently see a regime with a leader who has basically usurped the powers of a state and put them at the service of narcoterrorism. We haven’t seen this since the 1980s, with Manuel Noriega in Panama, which creates a situation where we take seriously this risk to our neighbors, our partners, the region, and obviously to U.S. citizens.Valladares: Maduro said he rejects the U.S. offer. What are Trump’s alternatives now, regarding Venezuela?Claver-Carone: We’ve been very patient. Obviously, the pressure increased drastically in January 2019. The initiative offered now is generous, I think maybe too generous, so he should consider it very carefully. It’s time for common sense to prevail. They should study this opportunity closely, because opportunities like this are not always available. Nicolás Maduro probably regrets missing all the opportunities that he had three to six months ago, and we don’t want him in three or six months’ time to regret not seizing this opportunity. Let him take his time, not too much time, but I hope he uses his common sense. This is not the time to see who is more macho. It’s time to see what is best for his country and for the people of Venezuela.Valladares: You’ve used legal means, pressing charges against Maduro for narcotrafficking; diplomatic means, with proposals for dialogue; and economic means, with sanctions. What would a military approach be like?Claver-Carone: Ultimately, we’re not operating at a one hundred percent capacity of the high-pressure efforts we began in January 2019. We don’t want to reach maximum, pressure. We would like to follow a process, which is now at 60 to 70 percent, to enable a democratic and peaceful transition. This opportunity still exists, and it’s what I would like to see executed. I think they have this initiative on the table; they have the mechanism on the table, and they should take advantage of it.Valladares: The United States has offered a process for talks in which Guaidó and Maduro would not participate in. Does this mean the strategy to support Guaidó has failed?Claver-Carone: Quite the contrary. We’ve reached this situation because of Juan Guaidó’s international leadership and Nicolás Maduro’s crisis. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, the international community is willing to help with easily more than $2 billion, which is what Guaidó said he needed. But it recognizes Juan Guaidó’s government, not Nicolás Maduro’s narco-dictatorship.last_img read more

East Patchogue Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 64-year-old man while he was walking along a street in his hometown of East Patchogue over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Warren Karstendick was walking on the shoulder of Main Street when he was struck from behind by an eastbound SUV just west of Phyllis Drive at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.The suspect’s vehicle, which fled the scene, is described as a 2002 to 2005 blue Ford Explorer with noticeable front-end damage to the vehicle’s hood and grill.Major Case Unit detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

AXA Asset Management rebrands itself as Architas Indonesia

first_imgHe went on to say that the name change would not affect the company’s existing products and services for consumers.Architas, which is part of Paris-based AXA Group, manages more than 35 billion euros (US$39.43 billion) in investment funds, with Europe, especially Britain, being its largest market.“Indonesia is one of Architas’ priority markets in Asia. We hope to provide more products and a greater variety of services for our consumers,” said Architas CEO Matthieu Andre.Architas Indonesia managed Rp 3.44 trillion ($243.71 million) in funds and Rp 1.1 trillion worth of assets under advisory as of April. It offers a multimanager portfolio, such as its latest investment fund product ‘Maestrolink Equity Plus’ and mutual funds products like AXA MaestroObligasi Plus and MaestroDollar.Edhi expressed optimism that mutual funds were still a promising long-term investment option, on the assumption that market conditions and investment instruments gradually improve after the pandemic subsides. (eyc)Topics : Investment management company PT AXA Asset Management Indonesia has changed its name to PT Architas Asset Management Indonesia in an effort to integrate AXA’s investment management and consultation services.Architas Indonesia president director Edhi Widjojo said on Monday that the change in its identity would accelerate the company’s market expansion and the creation of new products.“We want this opportunity to allow us to develop and grow better as an investment manager business in Indonesia,” he said in a press statement.last_img read more

Final Four

first_imgTo make this year’s Final Four it took breaks, coolness down the stretch, and total effort.  All 4 games came down to the final minute or overtime before they were decided.Only Virginia, who probably got the biggest break of them all in their overtime win over Purdue, is the only #1  seed left.  They are joined by Michigan State and two teams who have never been to the Final Four before.  They are Auburn and Texas Tech.  It should make for some great watching this weekend.last_img

Caribbean Countries Want More than Apology for Slavery Says Mia Mottley

first_imgHe said the “colonial mess” that the region inherited from Britain and Europe remained visible in every aspect of Caribbean life, adding that they deliberately and strategically chose to walk away and left the mess to the leadership of Caribbean governments and civil society. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley says Caribbean countries affected by crimes of native genocide and African enslavement are calling for more than an apology from some European states and commercial enterprises for their role in the Atlantic slave trade and the practice of chattel slavery. She told her regional audience that if the Caribbean was to reverse its fortunes, then there had to be the capacity for foreign policy spacing at the regional, hemispheric and international levels, better access to education, healthcare, capital, land and housing. She said there was need for a “a written and clear apology to say, ‘we were wrong, we will not do it again’, and more importantly, we must pay recompense for what was done. That is the first step of walking the walk.” Mottley pointed out that the extraction of centuries of wealth from the region by the colonial masters had left the Caribbean with “very, very dire social and economic circumstances”, which, she said, were being compounded by consistent attacks in the area of financial services. “I do not know how we can go further unless there is a reckoning first and foremost that places an apology and an acknowledgement that wrong was done, and that successive centuries saw the destruction of wealth and the destruction of people in a way that must never happen for any society, to any race in any part of this world again,” she said as she participated in a regional virtual discussion on the topic: From Apology to Action – CARICOM’s Call for Reparatory Justice. He said the “reparation summit” could thrash out how England and Europe how they would honour the debt owed to the Caribbean. “The time has come now to move to that summit with these major corporations to discuss their contribution to a development plan for the Caribbean. Day three will be for civil society and individuals,” said Sir Hilary. Sir Hilary told the panel that billions have been spent by regional governments over the years to correct the “mess” created in the areas of education and health, adding that the region was also suffering the harm of British policy in the manufacturing sector. Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, who is also chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, used the occasion to call for a summit on reparations as phase two of the Independence process, to discuss debt repayment, conduct dialogue among regional governments, former colonizers, the private sector and civil society. “Apologies are not enough. Apologies are precursors for reparations. Apologies are signals of an intent to participate in a reparatory process. Apologies are stage one of an effort that says we acknowledge the harm we have caused and we are prepared to enter phase two, which is a discussion and negotiation about how to repair that harm and suffering that continues to be the legacy in the Caribbean today,” said Sir Hilary.center_img She said as a result, she is calling for a plan for economic rehabilitation with funding coming from Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States to redress the imbalance, since significant sums of wealth from the region had gone to build those countries. Mottley said that the notion of the rightness of the reparations argument had been with Caribbean governments for “a very, very long time”, maintaining that such a discussion was “not just simply about money, but it was also “about justice” and allowing the region to have the space for policy flexibility to be able to deal with its socio-economic problems. CMC “This is the age when the crimes and their legacies and their continuing harm are being recognized. This is a moment where the pain and suffering of communities that have descended from the enslaved and the indentured are calling for justice, fairness, and dignity within the context of the continuing harm that is a part of our societies,” said Sir Hilary. “This is a debt to development. As a consequence, the Caribbean Reparations Commission is calling for a reparations summit in much the same way that the region met with the European governments to discuss independence, this is phase two of the independence process,” he said, adding the first day of the summit would be a conversation between the governments and day two would involve conversations between the private sectors of the two regions. The event was organized by the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Mottley, who last week was replaced as the chair of the 15-member regional integration movement, noted the “unbelievable failure of countries to first acknowledge that with an apology, and not that something wrong happened”. He did not say how soon such a summit could be called, but he noted that the region made a similar call some three years ago for a formal dialogue with leaders of Europe but the response was “not positive”. Prime Minister Mottley said as a direct result of the aftermath of the slave trade and colonization, the region was now one of the most highly indebted places in the world. “Reparatory justice is about development. Britain and Europe do indeed owe a debt to this region. A debt that is recognized, a debt that can be computed, a debt that is historically sound in terms of its legitimacy.last_img read more

Fourth US win for Bronte Law

first_img English women’s champion Bronte Law has just scored her fourth win on the US college circuit, with a back-to-back victory. Law, from Bramhall in Cheshire, won the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice for the second year in a row. She won both titles with a score of eight-under par, signing off this year with a three-under 68 and a three shot winning margin. She scored 67, 70 in the first two rounds. Law, a student at UCLA (image © Leaderboard Photography), had six birdies in her final round with three bogeys. She led the field with 16 birdies and was a tournament-best 5-under on the par fours. The 20-year-old has just helped England win the women’s silver medal at the Spirit International Amateur Championship. Law, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, is and England and GB&I international who has played in two Curtis Cup teams. She successfully defended her English women’s amateur title this summer, winning by 16 shots, and tied fourth in the European amateur. Last year she won the individual women’s bronze medal at the World Amateur Team Championship. 21 Oct 2015 Fourth US win for Bronte Law last_img read more

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