RSF to attend website journalists’ trial in Phuket

first_imgNews Alan Morison, the Australian editor of the Phuket-based news website Phuketwan, and Chutima Sidasathian, one of his Thai reporters, are facing up to seven years in prison on charges of defaming the Thai navy and violating the Computer Crimes Act (CCA), a draconian 2007 law that gives the authorities a great deal of leeway to gag online critics and arrest journalists and bloggers for political reasons.Morison and Chutima were charged in December 2013 in connection with a July 2013 article quoting a paragraph from a Reuters special report on the smuggling of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Burma to Malaysia via Thailand and the involvement of Thai human traffickers.Along with other media outlets and NGOs, these two journalists were among the first to draw attention to the trafficking in Rohingya refugees and the abuses to which they are exposed.The quoted paragraph claimed that “Thai naval forces” were paid to turn a blind eye to this people trafficking but did not explicitly name the Thai Royal Navy. Although they charged Morison and Chutima, the Thai authorities have never made any attempt to bring legal proceedings against Reuters.“The trial of these two journalists, who just did their job as news providers with a great deal of professionalism, poses a great danger to all those independent voices in Thailand who want to use their freedom of expression and information,” Ismaïl said.“We urge Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his military government to end their policy of harassing the media. They need to understand that the media do not threaten national security or political stability but, on the contrary, help to improve society.”More than a year has passed since the military staged a coup in Thailand, but freedom of information continues to decline as Gen. Prayut keeps on threatening the media and tightening his grip on their activities.On 25 June, the government organized a meeting with journalists to teach them how to ask questions that would not offend him. Government spokesman said the meeting was held with 200 local and foreign journalists in order to promote their “understanding” of the government.In March, the prime minister said he would “probably execute” journalists who did not toe the government line.The foreign media are also harassed. A Bangkok round-table discussion organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) and Human Rights Watch was cancelled at the last minute by the government on 26 June. It was to have coincided with the release of a Human Rights Watch report on the persecution of Montagnard Christians, a religious and ethnic minority, in Vietnam.The government said it could have “affected relations” between Thailand and Vietnam and endangered “national security.”It was the third time in a month that the military government has ordered the cancellation of an event organized by the FCCT. The FCCT has meanwhile reported several cases of foreign journalists having problems renewing their accreditation.Thailand is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index. ThailandAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information ThailandAsia – Pacific News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trial of two website journalists that is due to begin on 14 July in the southwestern province of Phuket and calls for all the charges to be dropped. Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of its Asia-Pacific desk, will be present as an observer at the trial, which is expected to last three days. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar June 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand August 21, 2020 Find out more News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years July 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF to attend website journalists’ trial in Phuket Organisation Receive email alerts to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom RSF_en last_img read more

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The Trunchbull’s Back 2 School Rule #2: What to Bring on Your First Day

first_img Matilda View Comments Related Shows Watch rule #2 on what to bring your first day of school below and check back here throughout August for more of Miss Trunchbull’s rules!center_img It’s back-to-school time, and Broadway.com is rolling out a series of tips from esteemed Headmistress Agatha Trunchbull (Christopher Sieber) of Broadway’s Matilda for incoming maggots. Learn how to get good grades and stay out of Chokey! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img

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Willian commits to Chelsea, Luiz urges Courtois and Hazard to stay

first_imgAfter Chelsea’s FA Cup final win in Conte’s final game in charge, Willian, who had been left on the bench, posted a picture on Instagram with the Italian blocked out by three trophy emojis in a picture of the whole team celebrating.“I’m a Chelsea player,” Willian told ESPN Brasil.“I always made it clear that what I wanted was to stay in the club.“The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona.“But I have my head here and I intend to continue in the club unless the club wants to sell me. But my head is here in the club.”Willian’s compatriot and team-mate David Luiz has urged Belgian duo Courtois and Hazard to also stay put after starring for their country at the World Cup.Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia © AFP/File / Paul ELLISCourtois, 26, has a year remaining on his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid. Chelsea risk losing him for a reduced fee in January or for free next summer.The former Atletico Madrid stopper has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital.Hazard, whose deal expires in 2020, has stalled over a new contract offer and has long been the subject of speculation over a move to Real.“Chelsea wants for the best players to stay,” said Luiz. “They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they’ve had here, the fun they’ve had here. Everybody loves them and I hope they can stay.”Sarri said he would sanction Courtois’ departure if the goalkeeper expresses a desire to leave following Sunday’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.The transfer window for incoming players to Premier League clubs closes this Thursday, but Luiz is adamant the Blues have enough quality even if Courtois and Hazard go.“I want them to stay, because we have top players with the confidence,” Luiz said. “If they decide to leave, I think we will continue with fantastic players.”Luiz himself was sidelined by injury and a fallout with Conte for most of last season.But after starting on Sunday, Luis insists he never contemplated leaving Chelsea for a second time and is now keen to show he can be a key figure for Sarri.“I was just working and trying to do my best,” Luiz added. “Everybody has the opportunity, you just have to show him character, physical quality, technical quality, so since the first day I’m trying to do that.”The 59-year-old Italian’s style has been likened to Pep Guardiola’s.But while City gave the Catalan time to adjust in his first season in England, there is precious little time for Sarri.“I hope we can understand it quickly and can fight for all the titles,” Luiz said. “When you play for a big club you have to be ready to try to fight for the titles, and we’re going to fight for that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Staying put: Willian has committed his future to Chelsea © AFP / Glyn KIRKLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Brazilian international Willian has given Chelsea a huge boost by committing his future to the Premier League giants as the futures of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard remain in doubt.Willian was also linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea rebuffed offers from Barcelona earlier in the transfer window and the appointment of Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte as manager appears to have eased any desire to leave from the winger.last_img read more

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Colts’ offense takes over against Rams

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The Colts’ defensive turnaround this season has been so impressive, it’s no longer a surprise when they stop an opponent. The only astonishment now is when they falter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We were definitely shocked,” linebacker Cato June said. “We want to keep them to no points, and I don’t care if it’s the best offense in the league. We can’t give up 17 points in the first quarter. We have to go back and look at what we did wrong.” It shouldn’t take much of a review. After the early scores — the first time all season the Colts (6-0) allowed a touchdown in the first three quarters of a game — the defense dominated, as usual. June, who leads the NFL with five interceptions, had 11 tackles and picked off two passes that led to touchdowns in the 45-28 victory. Defensive end Robert Mathis had one sack and forced a fumble and leads the league with seven sacks. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who led the NFL in sacks last year, forced another fumble. Cornerback Nick Harper had one interception and recovered one fumble. All season long, the hard hits by the defense have led to scoring opportunities for the offense and Peyton Manning. One of his scoring passes Monday night went to Marvin Harrison, giving the duo an NFL record 86 touchdown passes. “The key so far has been a lot of energy,” coach Tony Dungy said Tuesday. “We’re playing fast, we’re playing at high speed and we’re helping each other out by really hustling.” No wonder something seemed terribly out of kilter Monday night when the St. Louis Rams took an almost effortless 17-0 lead in the first quarter, the first time all season the Indianapolis defense had really been challenged. center_img Edgerrin James also ran for a season-high 143 yards and three touchdowns and took over the AFC lead with 662 yards rushing for the season. “Our offense needed to bail us out, and it was a good thing they did,” Dungy said. “Defensively, we made some plays and got the turnovers, kind of reverted back to how we played last year, when we gave up some big plays and just weren’t real sharp. “But the turnovers and effort saw us through,” he said. The overall improvement on defense doesn’t surprise Dungy. “We felt we had a good feel of what they could do. We thought at some point we were going to gel,” he said. “I’ve been kind of waiting for this for about 3 1/2 years, and it’s starting to come to fruition. Those guys play hard. We have some really, really aggressive guys that are having fun out there.” The fun for Indianapolis really began after St. Louis lost quarterback Marc Bulger, who was bowled over by Colts linebacker David Thornton during the first interception return by June. Backup Jamie Martin had one touchdown pass but threw two more interceptions, and the Colts built their lead to 45-20 before the Rams scored a meaningless TD in the closing minutes. “It’s just that guys were very focused,” Dungy said of the defense. “We knew where a lot of the balls would go, and once we got into a situation where Martin had to throw and try to make some plays … that’s when you generally get the interceptions.” St. Louis’ 28 points fell one short of the total the Colts had allowed in the first five games combined. But their 57 points allowed are still the fewest given up by any team in the league. This week, the Colts play at winless Houston, which has the NFL’s worst offense and has scored a league-low 54 points. “But we can just watch the tape of last year’s game down there when we had to go on a drive to secure the game at the end,” Dungy said. “Our veteran guys will impress on our young guys that we’ve got to go down there and play. “Regardless of who you play, if our goal is to get better this week, it shouldn’t matter what the record of your opponent is.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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