Myanmar court confirms seven-year jail terms for Reuters journalists

first_img May 26, 2021 Find out more January 10, 2019 – Updated on January 11, 2019 Myanmar court confirms seven-year jail terms for Reuters journalists “Everything about this case, both the substance and its conduct, called for their convictions to be overturned, but Myanmar’s justice system has shown its determination until the very end to punish Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo although they just did their job as reporters,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedJudicial harassment to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that Myanmar’s high court today upheld the seven-year jail sentences of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo on appeal. RSF now urges the country’s highest authorities to end their nightmare. In a shocking decision handed down this morning in Yangon, the high court also upheld their convictions on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act. It concluded the utterly iniquitous judicial process to which these two journalists have been subjected ever since their arrest in a trap set by the police in December 2017. May 12, 2021 Find out more “This decision constitutes yet further evidence, if any were needed, of the judicial system’s unacceptable manipulation by the executive and dramatically signifies the end of Myanmar’s democratic transition. We now call on its highest political officials to pardon these journalists as quickly as possible so that they can be reunited with their families.” Punished Follow the news on Myanmar Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo did some remarkable investigative reporting on a massacre of Rohingya civilians by soldiers in Inn Din, a village in the north of Rakhine state, that that was widely seen as an act of genocide or ethnic cleansing. Their arrest was regarded as a punishment orchestrated by the security forces. News RSF issued an “incident report” in October about the threat to Myanmar’s position in the World Press Freedom Index resulting from the deterioration in “environment and self-censorship,” “transparency” and “media independence” – three of the seven indicators used to determine a country’s ranking. Myanmar is currently ranked 137th out of 180 countries. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Help by sharing this information Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News Organisation RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedJudicial harassment News Wa Lone’s thumbs up and handcuffed hands have become a symbol of the journalists’ heroic resilience (photo: Ye Aung Thu / AFP). May 31, 2021 Find out more President Win Myint, who is an ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has the power to issue pardons, which are traditionally given at the time of the Burmese New Year in April. Regardless of the final outcome, the authorities have already sent a chilling message to Myanmar’s journalists: that this is the price you will pay if you dare to investigate subjects that are off limits. The region where the massacre took place, the traditional home of Myanmar’s Rohingya community, continues to be completely inaccessible to journalists aside from those who have been taken there on pathetic propaganda visits that are tightly controlled by the authorities. Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

Six detained in relation to double murder

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Previous articleCharged with intimidating witnessNext articleNew car sales motoring well admin Print Advertisement NewsLocal NewsSix detained in relation to double murderBy admin – January 13, 2011 651 center_img Facebook Linkedin GARDAI have been granted a further period of 72 hours to detain and question six people in relation to a double murder in Southill last Sunday. Chief Supt Dave Sheahan told a sitting of Limerick District Court that the investigation into the shootings was a “complex and extensive” one.  Over 100 gardai are involved in the criminal investigation, where over 1,600 hours of CCTV footage is being examined from 30 plus systems. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Forensic and scientific analysis is ongoing and almost 400 houses have been called to by gardai and up to 600 people have been interviewed.Two prime suspects, as well as four others, have been detained following the granting of the period of detention by Judge O’Donnell as they continue to investigate them under the suspicion of murder and withholding relevant information pertaining to the investigation. Emaillast_img read more

Koeman expects Jay Rodriguez to stay with Southampton

first_img A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament means it has been over a year since the 25-year-old last played, but that has not prevented speculation mounting over his future. Rodriguez only has a season left on his contract and there have been suggestions that a summer move could be on the cards, with Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool apparently ready to test Saints’ resolve. However, the England international now seems ready to pen a new deal at St Mary’s, with Koeman rating the chances of the forward signing as eight out of 10. “He was talking to the club,” the Saints boss said. “He’s a good player and I think he will be an important player for next season. “If he stays, I think that is a good signal to the club, to everybody.” Rodriguez is not the only high-profile player out of contract next summer, with right-back Nathaniel Clyne the subject of even more fervent speculation. Koeman last week gave the England full-back a 10-day deadline to inform the club whether he would sign a new deal and talks are planned after Saturday’s trip to Leicester. “We like to know it because always with players that have one season of their contract left, that is business,” the Dutchman said of the Manchester United target. “We are nice people, straight people at the club but we have to think of the future of the club and team. “He mentioned at different times to everybody at the club (that he is happy) and I understand it’s all about the contract, the future, and he has to make that decision. Press Association “I can give him some advice but it’s difficult.” Unlike Rodriguez, Clyne is in line to feature at the King Power Stadium this weekend – a match James Ward-Prowse will miss through suspension. Fraser Forster, Dusan Tadic and Emmanuel Mayuka are unavailable to face the Foxes through injury, as is Morgan Schneiderlin. Last week Koeman said the France midfielder would miss the rest of the season with a knee complaint, but the prognosis has improved since then. “It’s going much better but he is not close to being part of training,” he said. “I mentioned last week maybe he is out until the end of the season, but maybe he is fit for the last one or two games. “We have to wait but it looks a bit more positive than a week ago.” Schneiderlin is another being linked with a summer exit, but Koeman played down such talk ahead of the trip to Leicester. Asked if he could have played his last game for Saints, the manager said: “I don’t think so. “I don’t know. He has a contract with the club and nobody has a serious bid for the player, for anybody. “It’s all about the rumours but I can’t listen to all the rumours because I will go crazy.” Ronald Koeman is confident Jay Rodriguez will soon sign a new and improved contract at Southampton.last_img read more