Myanmar: “Time to end a judicial farce”

first_img May 12, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned News to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturecenter_img Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone (right) have been held pending trial since 12 December (photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP). Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists who were arrested six months ago in Myanmar. They have been held ever since their arrest in a police sting operation on 12 December that was designed to intimidate and silence all of Myanmar’s journalists. May 11, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Myanmar: “Time to end a judicial farce” While investigating an army massacre of Rohingya villagers, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo responded to an invitation to meet with a police officer in a Yangon restaurant, were handed some documents during the meeting, and were arrested as they left on a charge of possessing official secrets.Despite ample proof of their innocence, they are being held simply because they did their jobs as reporters, and did it in an exemplary manner: they were among the few journalists to investigate a massacre of Rohingya Muslims by solders and Buddhist civilians in Inn Din, a village in northern Rakhine state, on 2 September 2017.After Reuters published a report about the massacre, a military court sentenced seven soldiers to ten years in prison for carrying out “extra-judicial executions.” Meanwhile, the two Reuters reporters are facing the possibility of 14-year jail terms.Despite a great deal of support for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from the international community including RSF, which has launched a petition for their release, and despite the many contradictions and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case and the testimony of its witnesses, all of the requests for the journalists’ release have been rejected.A police captain, Moe Yan Naing, unexpectedly testified on 20 April that the police deliberately set a trap for the journalists and – equally unexpectedly – the judge of the Yangon court that is hearing the case decided to accept his testimony despite the prosecution’s request that it should be ignored.After giving his testimony, the police captain was himself given a one-year jail sentence because, he said, it “stops other police officers from saying the truth.”“The evidence of the innocence and professionalism of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is overwhelming, so it is incomprehensible and unacceptable that these two Reuters journalists are still being held five months after their arrest,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“It is time to end this judicial farce. Continuing to hold them despite inconsistencies in the testimony, fabrication of evidence and procedural violations constitutes judicial persecution and points to a crude manipulation of the judicial system by the security agencies with the aim of deterring further investigative reporting on the army’s actions in Rakhine state. We call on Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to free these two journalists at once and to guarantee press freedom throughout the country.”Since last September, RSF has been pressing Aung Suu Kyi about the press freedom violations in Myanmar resulting from the Rohingya crisis, and has repeatedly called on the government and army to allow media reporting in Rakhine state, where there has been “ethnic cleansing”, the UN says.Myanmar has fallen six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 137th out of 180 countries. Organisation May 26, 2021 Find out more News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en last_img read more

Kership to buy STX France Lorient shipyard

first_img Authorities View post tag: KERSHIP Kership to buy STX France Lorient shipyard May 25, 2016 French shipbuilder STX France has decided to sell its Lorient shipyard to Kership, a joint venture company set up by French companies DCNS and Piriou in 2013.STX France said the decision was based on strong commercial setbacks and that the take-over should take place in fall this year.While the arguably most prominent naval vessel STX France built was the 199-meter Mistral-class ship, the Lorient site was specialized in the construction of ships up to 100 meters in length.The company said it had considered two proposals for the yard – one by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) and the other one by Kership.DCNS welcomed the acquisition saying that it reinforces the consolidation of the French naval shipbuilding industry.center_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Kership to buy STX France Lorient shipyard View post tag: STX Francelast_img read more

Scam alert from Switzerland County

first_imgVevay, IN—The Switzerland County Sheriffs Office recently received information that counterfeit $20 bills have been circulating in the area. All businesses should be exceptionally careful when accepting them.They have also learned of another scam going around the area. A caller will offer you money in return for placing a decal on your vehicle. The caller then goes on to say a size-able check will be mailed to you with instructions to cash it and give a determined amount of the funds to a subject that’s supposed come install the decal. As always use caution, the Switzerland County Sheriffs Office advises if something sounds too good to be true it usually is.The amount of different scams is never-ending and will never stop. They stress never give personal information or payment over the phone when you receive these types of calls.last_img read more