Retrograde bill threatens tentative progress

first_img May 26, 2021 Find out more March 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Retrograde bill threatens tentative progress May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Help by sharing this information Although eight privately-owned dailies are to be launched on 1 April in a development that is without precedent in the past 40 years, Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about a proposed new law on printing and publishing that was submitted to parliament on 4 March.The bill was drafted without consulting local media associations and contains articles that threaten media freedom.Section 4, Article 8 of the bill says newspapers may be declared “illegal” in certain cases, including for such vaguely defined offences as publishing material that could “be dangerous for national reconciliation or hurtful for religions (Section 3, Article 7 A), “disturb the rule of law” (Section 3, Article 7 B) or “violate the constitution and other existing laws” (Section 3, Article 7 E). Section 6, Article 17 says, “no one may sell, publish, print, distribute, export or import newspapers declared illegal in accordance with Article 8.” The penalties for violating the law are severe – jail terms of up to six months for journalists and fines of up to 12,000 dollars for publishing without permission (Section 7, Article 20).“We congratulate the Burmese government for approving the publication of privately-owned dailies, which is a big step forward and shows that the country’s leaders want to put an end to the military propaganda of the past,” Reporters Without Borders said.“But we are worried by repressive provisions in the new draft law on printing and publishing. The government must scrap this bill, which would endanger the fragile progress that Burma has made since the reform process began in 2011. It is important that the government should work with the Press Council on the drafting of new media laws, as originally agreed.”Drafted by the government and intended to replace the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Act, the proposed new law on printing and publishing was published in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper on 27 February and was submitted to parliament on 4 March.Local media associations were not consulted in the drafting process and were unable to make any suggestions. National and international organizations that defend media freedom have voiced strong criticism of the bill.Defending the bill on 4 March, information ministry public relations chief Ye Tint said: “There are no conditions (in the bill) that would affect media and press freedom. If there is no news relating to state security, then there is no problem.”The anger of local media groups about the bill is all the greater because they reached an agreement with the government in August 2012 to form a 30-member Press Council, with 10 members appointed by the government, and because information minister Aung Kyi had promised to consult with the media about the future media law.In protest, the Press Council has announced that it is drafting its own law, while the Myanmar Journalists Association, the Myanmar Journalists Network and the Myanmar Journalists Union all issued statements last weekend condemning the government’s bill.Despite the dismay about the government’s bill, there has been considerable progress on other fronts. The Press Supervisory Central Committee announced on 1 March that it was giving provisional authorization for eight privately-owned daily newspapers to begin publishing on 1 April.This followed the information ministry’s announcement on 22 December that applications for permission to publish a privately-owned daily newspaper could be submitted from 1 February. The ministry also announced that it intended to allow newspapers to publish in the languages of Burma’s ethnic minorities for the first time since 1962 (this having been banned by the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Act).Of the 17 applications to publish dailies that were received, 14 were considered and eight were approved. Three others are still being considered.Those approved are Shwe Ngainngan Thit, to be published by Shwenainggan Media; Khit Moe; Union Daily to be published by the ruling Union Solidarity Development Party; Empire; The Messenger; Breaking News Daily; Myanmar Newsweek Daily, to be published by Ever Win Media (owned by Tin Aung Khine, who accompanied President Thein Sein on a recent European visit); and Mizzima, to be published by the former exile Mizzima media group.Burma rose 18 places in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 151st out of 179 countries.Photo : Ye Aung Thu / AFP RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture to go further MyanmarAsia – Pacific center_img News News News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Myanmar Receive email alerts Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Great photographs from The Great War

first_imgTwitter NewsGreat photographs from The Great WarBy Rose Rushe – June 17, 2015 1224 Previous article€100 million investment for Vistakon in PlasseyNext articleFilm Trilogy’s last shoot for July Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Facebook WhatsApp Printcenter_img Ypres WW1 Battlefield Cavalry transporting artillery shells through muddy terrainAN exhibition by pioneering Irish photographer Fr Francis Browne depicting the lives of soldiers on battlefields of the First World War will be launched by Kevin Myers at Hunt Museum on Thursday, July 9, 6pm.This will be followed on Friday July 10 at 1pm by Myers, authority on WWI, giving a talk on ‘Fr Browne, Limerick and Ireland’s Great War’. No. 69 O’Connell Street is venue.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking of the priest who took the last photographs on board Titanic and later served as army chaplain, winning the Military Cross with the Irish Guards, Myers said that he “came from a Cork merchant family, longstanding grandees who had lots of money. This enabled them to spend a fortune on photographs and photography collections, which was a very expensive business then”.Fr Francis Browne was awarded the Military Cross while army chaplain“Fr Browne had the most uncanny eye and he was a genius behind the camera. He had a wonderful sense of life, sense of perspective and his work looks as if he had been painting”.“He was an Irish man, a warrior, a Jesuit and much loved by his men. His other great ability was to conjure a work of art out of nothing”.Upwards of 5,000 photographs have survived; some 38 will exhibit in Limerick, in collaboration with Cavan County Museum. Email Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

The Latest: Pac-12 schools to test all returning athletes

first_imgThe Latest: Pac-12 schools to test all returning athletes An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic.The KF Bylis player was not named.League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.”Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown. Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.”Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.Scott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts. Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 June 2, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more