Independent media hounded by violence and libel suits

first_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Follow the news on Thailand Help by sharing this information Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has brought criminal complaints against at least six news media in the space of two weeks, while pro-Thaksin demonstrators have attacked and threatened several journalists. Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of Thaksin’s lawsuits and an end to the harassment of the independent press. RSF_en Organisation News News ThailandAsia – Pacific April 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent media hounded by violence and libel suits Receive email alerts Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more News August 21, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders expressed dismay that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has announced his resignation, continues to harass the independent press with criminal cases against at least six journalists and media for “defamation”.The press freedom organisation said it had also recorded seven cases of physical assault, threats and censorship of newspapers on the part of Thaksin’s sympathisers over the past two weeks.”It was, among other things, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s inability to accept the least criticism which brought about his downfall,” it said. “It is appalling that he continues to drag journalists and editors before the courts. We urge the outgoing head of government to withdraw the defamation complaints and bring his supporters in line.”“Thai journalists need to work without interference in this period of political crisis,” added Reporters Without Borders.“One of the first tasks of the next government should be to decriminalise defamation and to bring an end to political and financial harassment of independent media. After several years of interventionism, it is urgent that Thailand acts if it wants to improve the state of press freedom,” it said.Hundreds of journalists rallied in Bangkok on 5 April in response to a call from the Thai Journalists’ Association (TJA) to protest against violence and intimidation. “Some want the media to choose their camp, but our position is to remain rigorous and to report the news fairly,” said TJA official Pattara Khumphitak.Lawyers for Thaksin lodged a complaint for “defamation” on 4 April against the privately-owned daily The Nation which on 20 March carried an article saying that the head of government would not be chairing the committee organising King Bhumibol Aduljadej’s 60th anniversary of accession to the throne. According to the Bangkok Post, the criminal court accepted the complaint against Nation Multimedia Group Plc and its managing editor, Pana Janviroj. The prime minister’s lawyers are calling for a “punishment” to be imposed and for the verdict and an apology to be published over a two-week period.A group of demonstrators, some of them members of the ruling Thai Rak Thai party, on 31 March hurled stones at the offices of the press group Manager Media Group, founded by Sondhi Limthongkul. Supporters of the prime minister accuse him of “lèse-majesté”. He was behind the first demonstrations against the premier.Limthongkul has already had around 40 complaints lodged against him, including one by the head of state, on 4 April. The press boss has counter-attacked by accusing a government minister of defamation. He denies having made offensive remarks about the king, during a meeting on 23 March.Elsewhere, Thai police on 30 March banned the distribution of the October-December 2005 edition of the political magazine Fah Diew Kan under the Press Act of 1944. Police also seized copies of the publication. The authorities claimed the magazine had attempted to spread disorder and violate “moral standards”. In fact the demonstrators had simply loudly read out articles from the magazine. Its editor, Thanapol Eawsakul, said he would appeal to the administrative court.Also on 30 March, thousands of pro-Thaksin demonstrators besieged the premises of the Nation group which publishes the daily Thai-language Kom Chad Luek, accused of having insulted the king and the monarchy. Under pressure, the management sacked the chief editor and suspended publication for five days.The Nation group laid a complaint on 4 April against two Thaksin supporters for “threats” and “false imprisonment”. Around 100 police were deployed to secure the building after further threats were made.On the same day, members of Thai Rak Thai assaulted Prachuab Wangjai, journalist on Nation Channel TV, while he was covering an opposition meeting in Chiang Mai in the north-west.Lawyers for the prime minister said on 23 March they had laid a criminal complaint against four privately-owned newspapers, Manager Daily, Krungthep Tooragit, Post Today and Thai Post. The head of government accuses these media of publishing opposition speeches accusing him of selling off the country’s assets. Thaksin and other close to him have also threatened to lodge 30 complaints against press chief Sondhi Limthongkul.On the same day, Chalermchai Yodmalai, head of morning programmes on Channel 9 television, was dismissed by the management. The previous week, the channel reported that pro-Thaksin demonstrators had attracted only 10,000 people in Chiang Rai in the north. Supporters of Thai Rak Thai then left a funeral wreath in front of Channel 9 offices in the city. June 12, 2020 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

West Ham boss furious with Nolan

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was angry with Kevin Nolan after he was needlessly sent off in the defeat at Fulham.The Hammers captain was shown a straight red card just before half-time after he appeared to kick out at Fernando Amorebieta in a clash off the ball.Allardyce says Nolan was entirely to blame for the 2-1 loss to their relegation rivals, and admits he is concerned about the 31-year-old’s mentality after his second dismissal in four matches.“I’m going to have to find out what’s wrong with him because there’s something wrong with his mentality at the minute,” Allardyce said.“He’s probably responsible for us losing the game – his sending-off cost us massively.“I don’t understand it. The indiscretion of what he’s done is straight after what he did at Liverpool.“At his age and with his experience, and in the many years I’ve known him, I haven’t seen this type of reaction and this type of situation that he’s put himself into.“I don’t understand why he’s lost his cool and why it’s happened. I know the centre-half obstructed him and jumped in front of him but it’s not an excuse for what Kevin did.”Allardyce added: “You can expect it from a youngster trying to find his way in the game, occasionally, but not Kevin.“I don’t know what I will do about the captaincy yet – I’m disappointed enough with what he’s done.“Time will tell and we will deal with the situation internally as we always do.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

India Today @ Olympics: Home away from home for the Pakistanis

first_imgMiles away from home, looking for Indian food is a must. After two days of burgers, pizzas and salads, the craving for dal and roti increases. Living in an area in east London dominated by Asians, I spotted a couple of sign boards which said “Roti and curry.”The smell inside the restaurant was good, and I soon realised it was a restaurant run by a Pakistani from Lahore. He asked me to wait for some time, even though I told him I wanted to have an early dinner. I soon realised, because of late sunset, they were breaking the Ramzaan fast late.”Iftaar ka waqt abhee hua hai,” said the friendly man who took the order. I did see the chefs and waiters sitting on a table  offer quick prayers, consume dates, have tasty snacks and then help me out with my dinner order.In the heat of London, staying without food and water is a challenge for the Asians as well during Ramzaan. But they have been doing it pretty well.”Achaa, you are from India,” he said, looking at my media badge. And soon stories of India vs Pakistan, political rivalries and more began. Being thousands of miles away from home, these men who have come to London to make a living are fully aware of the geopolitics. “I guess apart from the Olympics you must also write why India and Pakistan must play cricket in your country,” said my waiter Bashir. I nodded and had the tasty dal and roti. By then the number of waiters surrounding me had increased. “We are all friends, India and Pakistan are close neighbours, sport unites us,” they told me.I said I would write on the sub-continental cricket rivalry and promised to return soon. Having talked to them for so long, I thought they would give me a discount on the bill, but that was not to be!Back to Wednesday morning’s mad run to the Olympic Park from my place of residence in a suburb called Lleyton in east London, the local bus never came. Taxis are expensive but I had no choice but to ask for a radio cab. “Are you from India, ” asked the manager behind the counter at the radio cab counter. When I said yes, he promised to help me within five minutes. The cab driver was again from Lahore and kept me engaged in cross-border talks, how the Britons were scared of living in an area dominated by Asians and so on. He also went on to educate me about the racist slur he faced, even while driving. “Even when I am driving, the behaviour of a goraa Londonwallah can be seen,” he said as he braked hard, like an F1 driver approaching a sharp turn.After a half hour drive, my driver said the traffic jams would never end and it would be better to take a ride by the Tube so that I could reach Stratford. I had no choice and took his advice. Having been given enough advice by the Pakistanis in London on the do’s and dont’s, I was a bit worked up. Each one thinks they are true Londoners and people who come from outside are clueless!However, in times like these, when you are at the mercy of Asians, be it for food or transport, it’s better to be keep quiet.The Olympics are yet to begin but having met so many Pakistanis, I am convinced they feel at home in London. They can talk politics and sport without any fear, even if the conversation is with an Indian. Yet, you have to give it to them that living far away from home they do treat Indians as friends and are ready to help. I have been invited by my Pakistani cabbie driver for dinner but haven’t decided to accept it as all the dishes he named were non-vegetarian!advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool Launches Coaching Program in Cyprus, Awards Supporters Club

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England – Liverpool FC Supporters Club of the Season prize, sponsored by @LiverpoolGin, goes to Cyprus, Liverpool FC announced via twitter.Our Supporters Club of the Season prize, sponsored by @LiverpoolGin, goes to Cyprus!#LFCPlayersAwards— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 9, 2017LFC launches coaching programme in CyprusLiverpool FC has on Monday announced the launch of the club’s first full-time coaching programme in Cyprus.Together with partner Gymnastikos Syllogos Pancypria (GSP), the Reds will deliver ongoing player development programmes and soccer schools to youngsters in the country, as well as recruiting and training local coaches.The project, which will kick off with programmes at the GSP Stadium and Sports Centre in Nicosia, will officially start this summer and will provide a unique opportunity for youngsters to learn to play The Liverpool Way. From the start of next season, weekly coaching throughout the age groups will be on offer for young players.The programme will provide those aged four to 17 with the opportunity to improve their football skills and develop in the technical, tactical, physical, mental and social aspects of the game through age-specific coaching sessions. Through the unique methods of Liverpool FC, there will also be a focus on developing players both on and off the pitch, with emphasis placed on improving key life skills of the participants, such as communication, teamwork and leadership.Liverpool FC and GSP will also train coaches in Cyprus and provide career opportunities to help develop the game locally. LFC will send coaches out to Cyprus throughout the year to work on the project.LFC ambassador Ian Rush said: “Our International Academies are a great way to bring this fantastic club of ours to the people. This project will provide many opportunities for young players in Cyprus to improve their skills and be developed via our unique coaching system. Players will get a coaching experience in Cyprus that follows the LFC Academy curriculum and will give them every chance to develop both on and off the pitch.“It is also great for the game locally; as part of this project coaches will get the opportunity to be trained in The Liverpool Way, too. That can only be a good thing for the game in Cyprus.”Doros M Ioannides, chairman of GSP, added, “We are delighted to be bringing Liverpool FC to Cyprus. We believe that this is the best training programme available and will be of huge benefit to our young players and coaches alike.“GSP have been delivering a track and field athletics academy program for years and we are confident that this will add to our scope of providing the youth of Cyprus with high-quality sport programs. There is a natural fit in terms of The Liverpool Way, the values of the club and also what we are aiming to achieve here in providing the ultimate football education for the players.“We have worked tirelessly to bring this project together and now look forward to getting up and running with our first programmes this summer.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Energy firms must acknowledge cybersecurity as more than an IT problem according

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid [email protected] Jeff [email protected] Energy firms must acknowledge cybersecurity as more than an IT problem, according to new Rice University paperHOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2012) – Energy firms have spent vast sums on the security of their information systems, but they must reorient from a reactive, tactical posture regarding intrusions and attacks to a more strategic, holistic view that expands beyond the categorization of the issue as an IT problem, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Titled “Cybersecurity Issues and Policy Options for the U.S. Energy Industry,” the paper investigates how energy companies involved in the production and delivery of hydrocarbons, as well as companies that generate and transmit electricity, face new risks posed by malicious software (“malware”). These risks can affect the continuity of their operations, capacity to deliver products and services and ability to protect investments — particularly in research and development — from theft or unauthorized disclosure. The paper comes against the backdrop of the U.S. Congress’ failure this summer to pass significant cybersecurity legislation for the protection of commercial and government information technology infrastructure.“For the energy industry, cybersecurity is not just a technology problem, but rather is one that includes the larger dynamics of information and operations,” said Christopher Bronk, the paper’s principal author and a Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy. “How public policy can form components of the response to cybersecurity issues pertaining to the energy industry and the critical infrastructure that it builds, operates and maintains requires considering both the complexity of the issue and the nuance in potential policy prescriptions.”The paper details examples of major oil and gas companies that have suffered a significant data breach or disruption of IT service, the latest being Saudi Aramco. In August, Saudi Aramco saw as many as 30,000 computers on the company’s network compromised by a malicious piece of  “malware,” possibly the one labeled “Shamoon” by the computer malware analysis community.“The issues of cyberespionage and true cyberattacks — the ability to achieve kinetic outcomes by manipulation of computer systems — represent significant challenges for the energy industry, the United States government and the international community,” Bronk said.“Constructing institutions to cope with these problems and move beyond a reactive posture will require greater research investment, collaboration and unorthodox combinations of expertise from within the computing field and beyond it.”Bronk will host a range of international cybersecurity experts from business, government and academia at the Baker Institute tomorrow, Sept. 18, to share and discuss the latest information on how to detect, defend against and respond to emerging cyberthreats. For more information about this conference, visit previously served as a career diplomat with the Department of State, where his last assignment was in the Office of eDiplomacy, the department’s internal think tank on information technology, knowledge management, computer security and interagency collaboration. Adam Pridgen, a graduate student and cybersecurity researcher in Rice’s Department of Computer Science, is the paper’s secondary author. Deloitte LLP supported the research activity from which this paper was drawn.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Bronk, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“Cybersecurity Issues and Policy Options for the U.S. Energy Industry” paper: Bronk bio: Bronk on Twitter: @techpologistFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,   last_img read more