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Call for investigation into kidnapping of exiled Burmese journalist

first_img to go further Journalist Sein Mar (picture), editor of the newsletter Yaung Chee Oo, has been held in Kuala Lumpur since 17 May. She was arrested after demonstrating in front of the Burmese embassy against the “national convention” staged by the Burmese regime. She has UN refugee status in Malaysia and her seven-year-old daughter has been taken in by a local UN centre. Reporters Without Borders and the BMA have called for her release, pointing out that she was simply protesting peacefully in favour of free expression. Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Malaysia February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific His wife filed a complaint with police. The officer in charge of the investigation said the case was a “delicate matter” and refused to say if the kidnapping had been ordered by the authorities, adding only that “the enquiry is continuing.” On 3 June, Minn Kyaw’s lawyer was not allowed to be present during a police interview of the journalist. RSF_en center_img News News March 17, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for investigation into kidnapping of exiled Burmese journalist 29.06.2004Malaysian authorities on 24 June released Burmese journalist Sein Mar after holding her for one week. She was handed over to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) while awaiting transfer to another country, probably Norway, along with her seven-year-old daughter.________________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) and the Burma Media Association (BMA) called today for an investigation into the kidnapping of exiled Burmese journalist and pro-democracy activist Minn Kyaw in Malaysia on 1 June and his detention for 12 hours by supposed members of the Malaysian police special branch.He was seized on his way to Kuala Lumpur airport to cover the arrival of Burmese prime minister Gen. Khin Nyunt and interrogated by Burmese agents about his political and journalistic activities in Malaysia.”It would be shocking if, as well as ceremonially receiving the head of a tyrannical and illegitimate regime, the Malaysian authorities were preventing journalists from doing their work for fear of offending a Burmese general,” the two organisations said in a letter to prime minister and internal security minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.Another Burmese journalist, Sein Mar , is currently being held in Malaysia for demonstrating against the Burmese regime.Minn Kyaw’s Malaysian wife, Yassra Sahril, said her husband, who is editor of the magazine Burma Media Link and represents the BMA in Malaysia, had been kidnapped by men who said they were members of the police special branch as he and she were driving to the airport. Two vehicles forced their car to stop. A man ran towards it, opened the door and shouted “We want Minn Kyaw!” He was dragged out, handcuffed and a hood placed over his head. He was taken to a southern suburb of the city and shut up in a container. After several hours without food or water, he was interrogated by a Burmese woman. His captors, who beat him during his detention, asked about his local campaigning for democracy in Burma and his support for Burmese refugees in Malaysia. The woman criticised him for “insulting Burma” in articles he had written and in comments on local radio stations. She also asked where he got the money to publish Burma Media Link. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments News January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders publishes a first Guide for exiled journalists

first_imgNews Related documents RWB_guidelines_exiled_journalists.pdfPDF – 967.48 KB Organisation June 18, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders publishes a first Guide for exiled journalists Reporters Without Borders today marked World Refugee Day by publishing a guide for journalists driven into exile, to provide them with information about the procedures and potential obstacles in seeking asylum. Again this year, a large number of journalists, from Sri Lanka, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia and Somalia have been fleeing their country at an average rate of six a month. Some have had to leave for ever after putting their lives in danger to provide independent news. “Until now there has been no specific information available for journalists driven into exile”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The protection of refugees depends on appropriate information being available. Journalists fleeing persecution are vulnerable, often in a state of shock and utterly unequipped to deal with the steps they need to take. They are often surprised not have easier access to international protection. Lacking reliable information, some take unwise risks and fall into traps or become victims of unfair proceedings. The recent imprisonment of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez, who sought exile in the United States, should not happen again,” Reporters Without Borders said. -The publication of the guide, illustrated by exiled cartoonists, is also the occasion to remind the public of how these journalists continue the fight for free and independent news, by creating blogs, drawing cartoons, publishing articles or founding a radio or television in exile. RSF_en “These independent and committed professionals are vital witnesses for countries in which there is no free press or it is heavily repressed. Exiled media, like the Democratic Voice of Burma based in Norway, Burma’s first independent TV and radio, and the recent inauguration of an independent Eritrean radio, Radio Erena, stand in the way of attempts by the oppressors to gag the free press”, it added.Reporters Without Borders has since the beginning of 2007 helped more than 200 media workers to flee 39 countries. They suffered reprisals from governments, terrorist groups, organised crime or religious groups. This guide – which will be added to in the light of experience – covers the steps to be taken with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and also asylum procedures within the European Union, the United States and Canada. It also provides practical advice and details of specialist organisations.Almost half of exiled journalists assisted by Reporters Without Borders spend several years in countries like Yemen, Sudan and Turkey so that they can one day stabilise their situation and resume a normal life. The luckier ones attempt to rebuild their lives in safe country where they have been able to make an asylum application. In France, they get help from the Maison des journalistes , which next Wednesday opens an exhibition entitled, “Danger! (press) cartoons.” Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Super Bowl Showdown: A battle between Peyton and Cam—and our Carolina and Colorado offices

first_imgBlue Ridge Outdoors is based in Carolina. Our sister publication, Elevation Outdoors, is headquartered near Denver. Not surprisingly, there’s been some chatter between the two offices over this weekend’s Super Bowl matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.The Broncos have won the Super Bowl before; John Elway led them to back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998. Once again, they’re in the Super Bowl with an experienced, Super Bowl champion quarterback: this time it’s five-time MVP Peyton Manning. Everybody knows, him. Everybody loves him.Meanwhile, the Panthers are hoping to win their first-ever Super Bowl, led by electrifying young QB Cam Newton. Everybody is cheering for Peyton Manning, the sentimental favorite who is likely playing in the final game of his storied career. 7968746300_0d50a2471c_oMeanwhile, everybody is criticizing Cam Newton for his endzone celebrations and playful, fun-loving antics.Peyton has a Super Bowl ring. He has the numbers, the stats, and the experience to solidify his place in the Hall of Fame. Cam is the underdog, the emerging star fighting for respect.But there’s something else going on here, too. Cam Newton himself hinted at it when asked about the lopsided criticism: “I’m an African-American quarterback. That may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”I’ll go ahead and say it out loud: People don’t like Cam as much because he’s black.Though only one black quarterback (Warren Moon) has been elected to the Hall of Fame in 50 years, Cam Newton might be the next. And we’re excited about that possibility. Here in the Carolinas, we have a helluva a lot more diversity than the Front Range of Colorado. And we’re pretty damn proud of that.Mainstream fans may prefer the proven winner, the traditional, stay-in-the-pocket QB Peyton Manning —not the young upstart, the unpredictable scrambler who can run and throw. For a lot of reasons, Cam is dangerous.And like it or not, right now Cam Newton is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning. While he doesn’t yet have the experience or the numbers, he already has far superior skills. Cam is a more multi-dimensional, dual-threat QB than Peyton ever was. A decade ago, Peyton may have been as good as Cam, but in 2016, Cam kicked Peyton’s ass. The stats back it up: Newton threw for over 3800 yards and ran for 600 yards (and became the first NFL player in history to throw 30 touchdowns and run for 10 in the same season). Manning had the worst statistical year of his career, throwing for only 2200 yards and nearly leading the league in interceptions.That might be hard for folks in Colorado to swallow. They worship their QBs like gods (Exhibit A: Elevation Outdoors Magazine, which does not even cover football, has had a special department called “Elwayville” in its pages since it first rolled off the presses 7 years ago.)We here in the Carolinas like our quarterbacks, too—even when they celebrate with dances instead of pump-fists. We also like our quarterbacks playing the game straight-up, without performance-enhancing drugs. Listen, I want to cheer for Peyton. I, too, am an aging athlete in the twilight of my career. I can certainly relate to his story line. But the Peyton story soured for me last month when the human-growth-hormone scandal broke. Though one source has recanted, other sources stand by their statements, and the NFL is continuing its investigation. Meanwhile, Peyton has tip-toed around the accusations with even more acrobatics than a Cam Newton dab dance. Though he calls the accusations “complete garbage,” Peyton is unclear about his wife Ashley Manning’s involvement. He has not denied that his wife has been receiving shipments of performance-enhancing drugs. His reply: “That’s her business.” Ashley Manning has been completely silent.More people are bitching about Cam Newton’s touchdown celebrations than Peyton Manning possibly cheating his way to the Super Bowl. If Cam Newton had been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, it would be dominating the headlines this week. But Peyton Manning has hired Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush’s press secretary who masterminded the propaganda campaign that led us into the war in Iraq, to manage the doping crisis public relations. Among Fleisher’s previous clients is steroid slugger Mark McGwire, who denied PED allegations for years before finally confessing. If you think that Peyton Manning isn’t using his wife’s PEDs, then join my colleagues at Elevation Outdoors in cheering for him.But if you want to root for a guy who earned his way to the Super Bowl fair-and-square—and, yes, with a bit of flair—join Blue Ridge Outdoors in pulling for Cam and the Panthers this Sunday.giphy[divider]about the author[/divider]Will Harlan is editor in chief of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and an award-winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared inSports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.last_img read more

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EC puts company data access, pension adequacy on new CMU action list

first_imgThe European Commission today unveiled a new Capital Markets Union (CMU) “action plan”, with better pensions adequacy monitoring and “seamless” investor access to financial and sustainability-related company data among the targets of a range of measures the Commission has said it will take.The Commission said dismantling remaining barriers to a genuine single market for capital was not a goal in itself but essential to achieving overarching policy objectives.“The coronavirus crisis has injected real urgency into our work to create a Capital Markets Union,” said Valdis Dombrovskis, an executive vice-president at the Commission.“The strength of our economic recovery will depend crucially on how well our capital markets function and whether people and businesses can access the investment opportunities and market financing they need. We need to generate massive investments to make the EU economy more sustainable, digital, inclusive and resilient.” The action plan proposed 16 measures, some legislative and some not and some already proposed in July. In its press release, the Commission drew attention to six of them:Establishing an EU-wide platform (European Single Access Point) to provide investors “with seamless access to financial and sustainability-related company information”;Supporting insurers and banks to invest more in EU businesses;Strengthening investment protection to support more cross-border investment in the EU;Facilitating monitoring of pension adequacy across Europe;Making insolvency rules more harmonised or convergent; andPushing for progress in supervisory convergence and consistent application of the single rulebook for financial markets in the EU.In pledging to create a single access point on company data, including sustainability-related information, the Commission looks like it is responding to a key ask of investors that has come to the fore in the context of the implementation of the Commission’s sustainable finance action plan.“The Commission will tackle the lack of accessible and comparable company data for investors”The European CommissionThe Commission considers the data platform as one of several measures “to support a green, digital, inclusive and resilient economic recovery by making finance more accessible to companies”.“The Commission will tackle the lack of accessible and comparable company data for investors,” it said, adding that fragmented access to scattered company information contributed to dissuading cross-border and global investment and in particular put smaller national capital markets at a disadvantage.It said the information to be covered under the platform “should reflect the needs of investors and the interests of a broader range of users”.“Therefore,” it added, “this should also improve the availability and accessibility of sustainability-related data, steer more investments towards sustainable activities and contribute to meeting the objectives of the European Green Deal.”Pension mattersOn pensions, the Commission said it would facilitate the monitoring of pension adequacy in member states through the development of pension dashboards, and develop best practices for the set-up of national tracking systems for individual Europeans.It also said it would launch a study to analyse auto-enrolment practices and may analyse other practices to stimulate participation in workplace pension schemes, although it has already got the ball rolling on the auto-enrolment study.“People should be encouraged to supplement public pensions with life-long saving and investment, including through more active participation in occupational pension schemes,” the Commission said.“This will enable them to benefit from more adequate retirement income and make it possible to finance the long-term growth of the real economy, as well as its green and digital transition.”“Auto-enrolment has been very successful in certain jurisdictions, but it’s good to consider other approaches to, like collective agreements”Matti Leppälä, general secretary of PensionsEuropeMatti Leppälä, general secretary of PensionsEurope, said the pension action items seemed to show the Commission taking less of a regulatory and more of a best practices-focussed approach to pensions, and that he welcomed this.He also welcomed the prospect of the Commission studying other practices besides auto-enrolment to boost occupational pensions coverage.“Auto-enrolment has been very successful in certain jurisdictions, but it’s good to consider other approaches too, like collective agreements,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Paul Ignatius lectures students on leadership

first_imgPaul R. Ignatius, the former Secretary of the Navy, gave a lecture on Tuesday entitled “Personal Leadership in Government & Business” to a group of students about the significance of personal leadership.Igniting fire · USC alumnus and naval veteran Paul Ignatius discusses the notion of leadership to students Tuesday at Waite Phillips Hall. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanIgnatius’s lecture, hosted by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science, focused on using examples from past and present world events, as well as from his own experiences in order to instruct attendees on how to be effective, respectable leaders.“The concept of leadership is more than a matter of giving orders and expecting an immediate response,” Ignatius said.Throughout the lecture, Ignatius stressed the importance of patience, communication and interpersonal relationships in successful leadership.After graduating from USC, Ignatius served as a World War II naval officer and earned an MBA from Harvard University. He was in active service for both the Kennedy and Johnson presidential administrations and worked for eight years as an Assistant Secretary of the Army before becoming Secretary of the Navy.After his work in the government, he served as president of the Washington Post for two years and president of the Air Transportation Association for 15 years. He is also the author of On Board: My Life in the Navy, Government, and Business.Ignatius urged students to try to understand the individuals that they are working with in order to lead more successfully. He said that by knowing the people in the situation, one is able to delegate certain responsibilities to certain individuals confidently and ensure that the individual will be able to get the job done.“Don’t do everything yourself, delegate it to others,” Ignatius said. “Delegation is not abdication, rather, [delegation] implies reciprocity.”Some students found Ignatius’s advice on delegation particularly eye-opening.“I feel like there’s a notion these days that in order to be successful, you have to take on a leadership role and do everything yourself,” said Ivy Lam, a  freshman  majoring in business administration. “So it was really cool to hear someone as experienced and intelligent as [Ignatius] talk about the importance of making connections and delegating responsibilities as a way to be successful.”Many attendees were in the class “Leadership in World Politics,” taught by Professor Richard Dekmejian. Anyone, however, was welcome to attend.“I thought that his speech was particularly interesting because of all that he’s accomplished,” said Ashley Modell, an undecided freshman who sat in on the lecture. “His long list of accomplishments almost made what he was saying more believable and more valuable to me. I just sat in on his lecture, not a part of the class, and I felt that the information was still just as valuable to me.”Ignatius also told attendees to view things from a less self-centered perspective.“Try to see things as others see them, and not as you see them,” Ignatius said. “It is terribly important to view circumstances as someone else would view them, rather than as you do.”To illustrate his point , Ignatius provided the example of the Vietnam War, pinpointing the reason for the failure on the United States’ tendency to only think of the Vietnamese army as a mirror of their own. He noted that the major escalation of the war came from the United States’ inability to fully comprehend the other side.“It was really cool how [Ignatius] gave exact examples from American politics and related them back to the basic elements of how to be a good leader on a level that was easy for us students to relate to,” said Larke Nimocks, an undecided freshman.Miranda Hearst, a freshman majoring in communication, also enjoyed Ignatius’s use of real world events to explain his points.“It wasn’t like he was just feeding us tips and information without any substance to them,” Hearst said. “He was giving us real-world examples of how this information is actually useful and has been valuable in the past.”Ignatius ended his lecture with a simple adage.“Do the right thing,” he urged. “Even though it may be a hard choice.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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