RSF deplores excessive jail term for Myanmar columnist

first_img News He was convicted two weeks after two Reuters journalists, Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, were each sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya civilians by soldiers and militiamen. The fact that the two trials were held in close succession, and that the sentences handed down in both cases were the same, raises questions about the extent to which the security forces manipulate the judicial system.     News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Myanmar Like the secrecy law used to convict Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the law on sedition dates from the British colonial era. In Myanmar, as well as India, Malaysia and Singapore for example, laws on sedition are used a pretexts by the authorities to silence criticism by journalists. They provide for penalties of up to life imprisonment.     Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar “However unacceptable the conviction of the two Reuters reporters may be, the sentence imposed on the columnist Ngar Min Swe is totally disproportionate,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. May 31, 2021 Find out more Ngar Min Swe, who used to write for the pro-government newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar, was arrested on 12 July, after posting a comment on Facebook that day criticising a kiss on the cheek received by Aung San Suu Kyi from Barack Obama during a visit to Myanmar four year ago by the former US president. At the time, she was a reformist member of the Myanmar parliament. Myanmar has fallen six places in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF and is now ranked 137th of 180 countries. Scapegoats MyanmarAsia – Pacific ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentNobel Prize RSF_en MyanmarAsia – Pacific ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentNobel Prize “His posts hostile to Aung San Suu Kyi’s reform movement may have been questionable, but the sentence he has received sets a worrying precedent. It raises serious doubts about the independence of the judicial system in Myanmar. For this reason, we are requesting an immediate review of the charges against him. Above all, it is high time the government repealed the archaic law on sedition that was used to convict him.” Newscenter_img Organisation The disparaging remark was the latest in a long series of critical comments by Ngar Min Swe, who was close to the military-backed government and a critic of the former dissident, now the head of the government.    May 26, 2021 Find out more Manipulation of the law Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Myanmar authorities to reconsider the seven-year sentence imposed on a columnist close to Myanmar’s former military government for posting comments on Facebook deemed to be hostile to the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. It also called for the repeal of the archaic sedition law. May 12, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2018 RSF deplores excessive jail term for Myanmar columnist RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum By convicting an anti-reform and pro-junta figure, the military establishment may hope to make a goodwill gesture towards the international community after the harsh criticism that followed the arrest of the two Reuters reporters. Inside the country, the media coverage of the case could repair the damage to Aung San Suu Kyi’s image as an icon of democracy.  Some people have begun to question her silence in the case of the Reuters journalists. News Ngar Min Swe was found guilty of sedition on 18 July by a Yangon court for “writing abusive posts on Facebook against State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, making people get the wrong impression of her”, in the words of the court spokesman. The columnist Ngar Min Swe (right) was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for sedition for “writing abusive posts on Facebook against State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, making people get the wrong impression of her” (photos: Ye Aung Thu / AFP – Sar Min Swe / Mizzima). US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Receive email alerts to go furtherlast_img read more

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Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases at LUH drops to zero

first_img Previous articleChange to Rent Supplement access for domestic violence victimsNext articleUpgrade works to begin on Glenties housing estate News Highland Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases at LUH drops to zero Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases at Letterkenny University Hospital has dropped to zero this weekend, while there are a number of suspected cases onsite.The number of confirmed cases in Donegal has risen by one to 470.Meanwhile, An infectious diseases expert says the health system’s extra Covid-19 testing capacity should be used to screen people arriving from overseas.The HSE’s currently testing around 5,000 swabs a day, but says it has the capacity to do 15,000.Professor Sam McConkey from the Royal College of Surgeons says testing on arrival could mean less time spent in self-isolation:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Virus-McConkey1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – June 14, 2020 Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

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