Journalist arrested after writing article about a double murder

first_img News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association (BMA) have called for the immediate release of Saw Myint Than, chief reporter on the privately-owned magazine Flower News Journal who was arrested after writing an article about the murder of a couple.Police arrested Saw Myint Than, aged 30, on 1st September 2008 then placed him in custody under the electronic telecommunications law. News Follow the news on Myanmar to go further News May 31, 2021 Find out more September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested after writing article about a double murder Receive email alerts “The article that led to Saw Myint Than’s arrest had been checked by the military censorship bureau, so we cannot understand why he is being hounded by the Rangoon police,” the worldwide press freedom organisation and the BMA said.“Their objection seems to be that he made email contact with Burmese living abroad. We fear that yet again a Burmese journalist is being arrested and tried without access to a proper defence, simply for having covered an event,” the two organisations said.The latest arrest brings to 12 the number of journalists and bloggers currently being held in Burma’s jails.Police at the Kyauktada arrested Saw Myint Than on 1st September. A few days beforehand, on 26 August, he had been summoned by police over his article about the murder of a couple. He was manhandled and threatened by a police officer who told him that he had the power to arrest him and to close down the newspaper.The report on the murder had however been passed by the military censorship bureau. Saw Myint Than was summoned again on the following day but the editor refused to let him go in order to protect him. But several sources said the management of Flower News Journal subsequently sacked him under official pressure.A journalist in Rangoon told the two organisations that Saw Myint Than was being held under the Electronics Law that regulates emails and under an article in the criminal code that punishes criticism of the authorities. Police who are holding him in solitary confinement at the station in Kyauktada also apparently acted because he had been in contact with Burmese organisations abroad. After his summons, he answered questions put to him by a journalist on Irrawaddy.org, based in Thailand.In another case, the Censorship Bureau has banned all coverage of demonstrations taking place in Thailand. According to the website Irrawaddy.org, the local version of US cable channel CNN, put out by Family Entertainment, a release from the information ministry has also been stripped of all news about the situation in Thailand. The current head of the Thai government has voiced support for Burma’s military junta and said that international talks on the future of the country should be held without Aung San Suu Kyi. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation May 26, 2021 Find out more News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Letters

first_img Comments are closed. LettersOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s lettersTime to build stronger links between employers and GPsWe are a medium-sized company employing 240 people in ourmanufacturing/engineering facility. We are a traditional unionised facilitywith long-serving employees, 95 per cent of whom are male. The average employeeage is over 40. During the past year, we have seen increases in our staff absence rates –between 5 per cent and 8 per cent a month – and absence at one of our businessunits in particular runs at up to 20 per cent in one week. We are now in talkswith the union to amend our absence management system and entitlements to our(generous) sickness pay scheme. There is certainly a feeling among the management team that sicknotes arehanded out willy-nilly. Workers generally seem to feel that once they aresigned off, they cannot be touched. We have an occupational health (OH) service that we use for healthreferrals. We try to encourage employees back to work, initially on restrictedduties, and to facilitate a return to normal work further down the line. Working in HR and having responsibility for the management systems onabsence, I do find the attitudes of employees increasingly frustrating. Forexample, we call them regularly if they are long-term sick, we have the optionto organise home visits, and we arrange the health referrals with the OH nurse.Yet, so often the response from the employee is hostile, with an attitude of‘how dare you contact me when I am off sick’. I certainly believe the sicknote system needs to be worked on. It isrefreshing to hear that the Government is considering taking action. I agree that it would be beneficial for employers to have OH issuesicknotes.However, the cost burden for small companies having to provide OH facilitiesmay not be feasible. This is a scheme that should be means tested, or it shouldbe left to each employer to negotiate their terms and conditions of employment.One thing that should be considered, though, is what happens if an employee ismis-diagnosed by OH, or is not signed off and then has an accident at work dueto illness? Will providing an in-house OH service mean a greater burden oncompanies, given the claims culture and heavy insurance premiums? We are a local employer and I feel the local GPs see us as a big, bad one.We will shortly be taking the initiative and inviting local GPs to our premisesfor a site visit. Hopefully, we can help to enhance their knowledge of what we actually do.This may in turn encourage GPs to discuss with those patients who want to besigned off with long-term sickness, any other work they may be able to perform.It may also help to build stronger links between employer, GPs and OH. Details supplied OH route could prove costly for small firms I write with reference to your research and story on GPs issuing sicknotes(28 October). The idea of introducing occupational health (OH) or specialistadvisers to assess sick employees and write sicknotes might relieve the burdenof responsibility from GPs. This option may well be the solution for larger organisations, with big HRdepartments and the funds to recruit or buy in OH. However, for many smallerorganisations, which are not heavily resourced in HR, such a move would bedifficult. HR does have a part to play in addressing some of the sicknote/ absenceissues. We can introduce good, practical guidelines and work with line managersto monitor frequent absences before they become a costly, long-term problem.But HR is not equipped to assess genuine illness. Details supplied Only GPs will benefit from a new system I have just read the news in your latest issue (28 October). It would seemthe only people who will benefit from occupational health (OH) specialiststaking over the issuing of sicknotes are the doctors who will have a decreasedworkload. However, if OH cannot provide a diagnosis or dispense medicines, then anindividual may have to visit the doctor anyway. For the genuinely sick, thiswill not aid recovery. Additionally, the financial and logistical burden to an employer having tobuy in the specialist services – particularly those with a field-basedworkforce – could be prohibitive. Small businesses will suffer most from such asystem – again. Irene Filler Office manager, Anglewest Government must cure sicknote crisis Thank goodness someone is planning to do something about this creepingparalysis. The existing sicknote system, coupled with current employmentlegislation, is ensuring that malingering employees have the upper hand, ascompanies become more impotent to resolve the problems of frequent absenteeism.Government must resolve this problem, and quickly. Management is spendingtoo much time tip-toeing around absenteeism problems because the system isrotten and does not allow management to manage without the very real threat oflegal procedures being initiated by an employee or their trade union. In my organisation, 8 per cent of employees account for 88 per cent of thefrequent absenteeism (using the Bradford Factor). Keep up the pressure onGovernment, as it is its [European] legislation that has resulted in ourimpotency and the worrying escalation of the professional malingerer. Recently, an employee asked for unpaid leave to visit Australia. The companyrefused the request. The employee went off sick (produced a doctor’s note for abad back). The employee was not at home when a company employee visited them.When the company phoned enquiring about his health, a woman at the house saidhe had gone to visit his sister in Manchester. When another employee phonedagain, saying it was just a friend enquiring about his health, the womanreplied: “I thought it was his work chasing him again. He’s gone toAustralia and won’t be back until next week.” Upon returning to work, the employee was seen by management and disciplined.But still he claimed he was sick, had a doctor’s note, and denied going toAustralia. Paul F Jordan Operations and HR director, Hypnos OH better equipped to deal with illness The current sicknote system is clearly unsatisfactory. GPs are left in adifficult position if individuals claim to be unable to work. I have seen cases where bad backs are the apparent cause of absences, yetthe organisation is prepared to offer sedentary duties to facilitate a returnto work. This works well for the genuinely sick. However, malingers often choose notto tell their GP that light duties are on offer by the employer. Instead, theymay tell their GP that they perform heavy lifting in their role. Quite rightly,given such a tale, the GP will sign them off. This kind of partial disclosure by the malingerer is hard to police underthe current sicknote/absence system. It can take several weeks for an employerto contact a GP directly, at a cost of £50 to £75. An in-house occupational health (OH) adviser, or someone with a moredetailed understanding of the employment relationship, will have far moreinsight into an illness or injury and the feasibility of an employee returningto work. May your proposed changes to the system come quickly. Scott Dalrymple HR manager of operations, LOGiCOM Special report was a real wake-up call I am delighted to see that Personnel Today is backing the campaign againststress in such a clear, focused way, as seen in your special edition devoted tothe subject (21 October). It is very important for publications to back this campaign and I am delightedto see that you are bringing current thinking, awareness and knowledge to therelevant professionals in industry. The research figures by Personnel Today and the HSE are staggering, and itis only through proactive initiatives such as yours that HR professionals willbe armed with the tools to manage the difficult job at hand. Your excellentreporting has provided a much-needed wake-up call to UK plc, and no longer canindustry say ‘they didn’t know what was going on or what to do’. You have provided the information, and now we have to see what is put intopractice. No longer can industry sit back on their haunches or bury their headsin the sand. Carole Spiers CEO, Carole Spiers Group People need training to help tackle stress I read with interest your article on the key triggers of workplace stress(News and features, 21 October 2003). As stress takes its toll on theworkplace, HR has an obligation to tackle it and to put strong preventionmethods in place. Most people feel stressed when they are placed in a situation that theydon’t have the right skills to successfully deal with. They need to be trainedin skills ranging from stress management through to more challenging areas,such as communicating with difficult people and defusing aggressive workplacesituations. It is often these skills that are missing the most from professionals in theworkplace and yet, ironically, it is these skills that are required forbusiness success. Laura Kelly International marketing manager, Thomson NETg Using brain-friendly learning is the key I was intrigued by your report that the failure to use both sides of thebrain is a big part of the reason why training departments struggle to producebetter results (21 October). In my experience, many training programmes miss out on a big opportunitybecause the process used does not gain the commitment of the learners, eitherto learn anything, or to apply their new skills back at work. When organisations use brain-friendly learning, they invariably find staffmake a stronger commitment not only to learning new skills but also in applyingthem back in the workplace. The emotional connection to learning ensures a strong commitment. Once thathas been made, people look for the opportunity to apply what they have learned.Bill Esterson Director, Leaps & Bounds last_img read more

Donna The Buffalo Welcomes “The Herd” To The Suwannee Family Reunion [Videos]

first_imgDonna The Buffalo used their opening night headlining set at the Suwannee Spring Reunion to welcome music lovers to the unofficial start of the camping festival season. The warm Florida weather welcomed members of their fan base, known as “The Herd,” back to the scene of some of their most cherished shows. After all, Donna The Buffalo has been rocking Suwannee’s beloved Amphitheater for twenty years now!Multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins used the crowd favorite tune “I Love My Tribe” to sum up their appreciation for the rabid devotees who had packed the front row a full hour before the first note of their set was sounded. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to catch the love fest between The Herd and their beloved leaders. Check out “Tribe” and a bit more of their boot scootin’ jam fest from last night’s show below: With two more days of tunes to come, and more from Donna on the way, as well as sets from Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Peter Rowan and more, there is still lots of love to come for everyone at the Suwannee Family Reunion.last_img read more

Sing sacred, and hide the flute

first_imgIn 1636, when Harvard was founded, the Massachusetts Bay Colony had barely 10,000 settlers, and wolves howled at the edge of the endless forests.Making art at Harvard then was largely out of the question. In a Puritan world, art was subversion. For instance, the times required Edward Taylor (Class of 1671, and now considered a great metaphysical poet) to conceal his passionate verse in meditations on service to Christ. He saw his work as “a rich web that only the gospel markets afford.”Students at 17th century Harvard, preparing for the ministry, made art only by singing in chapel. The first documented concert at Harvard didn’t occur until 1771, and the first Commencement with a band came 10 years later.In the early 19th century, students singing in chapel were warned against “the irreverent fugue music of the day,” recalled General Oliver, a member of the Class of 1818. But his reminiscences for the Harvard Register included a confession: “Beneath my feather-bed, I used to conceal my flute,” because his strict Puritan father “was opposed to musical instruments generally.”Oliver went on to learn six instruments, a rebellious note that sounds sweet almost 200 years later. But the tale of the hidden flute was the story of art making at Harvard for many years: There wasn’t much, or it was covert.The curriculum — a strict regimen of Latin, Greek, and rhetoric — was closed even to what we know of as electives until after the Civil War. The first course in music came just before that, in 1855. John Sullivan Dwight, Class of 1832 and an early champion of music instruction at Harvard, called that course “the entering wedge, and we may all rejoice in it.”The walls were further breached as other “entering wedges” poked through: music as a subject (1864), freehand drawing and architecture (1874), and landscape design (1900).In 1926, Harvard inaugurated its Charles Eliot Norton lecture series on poetry and the arts. The next year, Harvard opened a new building for it crown jewel displaying the arts, the Fogg Art Museum.In 1931, the number of concentrators at Harvard College on the history of art was 142, considered a healthy figure. But by 1953 the number of concentrators had tumbled to 37, a sign to some observers that attention to the arts was waning — a consequence, they said, of the privations of the Great Depression and World War II.There was no mention of the visual arts in “General Education in a Free Society,” the 1945 study of undergraduate education commissioned by Harvard President James Bryant Conant, which guided curricular reform for the next three decades.But in 1956, an ad hoc group called the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard released a report recommending enhanced arts education for undergraduates, a visual arts center, a theater program, and having working artists on campus. The document, commonly known as the Brown Commission report, insisted that just “talking about knowing” was a medieval model of scholarship, and that “knowing and creating” belonged together.Teaching the history and theory of art is important, the report said, but so was the practice, “the actual manual process” of making art. After all, the report said, “the future artist has a place in Harvard College alongside the future doctor or lawyer.”The Brown Commission report made a difference, leading to building the Loeb Drama Center (1960) and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (1963). Harvard created a Visual and Environmental Studies program in 1968.last_img read more

Rooney ruled out of Sweden trip

first_img This is the second injury to have affected Rooney this pre-season. The player flew home from Thailand earlier in July with a hamstring injury. Nemanja Vidic will skipper the United side in Sweden after missing the first leg of the tour due to a sciatica problem, while Portuguese winger Bebe, signed for £7.4million in 2010 but who has yet to start a game in the Barclays Premier League, is also in the squad. Squad: Lindegaard, Amos; Rafael, Evans, Evra, Jones, Smalling, Vidic; Anderson, Bebe, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Zaha; Henriquez, Kagawa, Van Persie, Welbeck. Wayne Rooney will not travel with Manchester United to Sweden for a pre-season friendly after injuring his shoulder. Press Association United have confirmed they have rejected a second bid for the striker from Chelsea and now say the 27-year-old is out of Tuesday’s match against AIK in Stockholm. A United spokesman told Press Association Sport: “He injured his shoulder in the behind-closed-doors game against Real Betis in Saturday and will not be travelling to Sweden.” United manager David Moyes said the injury was not serious and expects Rooney to return quickly. United have other matches coming up including Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Seville on Friday and the Community Shield against Wigan at Wembley on Sunday. “Wayne hurt his shoulder in a fall during a match on Saturday,” Moyes told the club’s website. “It’s not too serious and I don’t expect it to keep him out for too long. “I’m disappointed he’s missing the game because we were keen to get him back involved and ready to play.” Earlier on Monday, United confirmed they had rejected a second bid from Chelsea for Rooney, thought to be for around £25million. A United spokesman told Press Association Sport: “A bid was received yesterday and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale.” The second bid and United’s swift response will now focus Rooney’s mind on his future at Old Trafford – there have been reports that he will consider handing in an official transfer request. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made the 27-year-old his top transfer target and Rooney told former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last season that he wanted a move. Moyes has repeatedly stressed that Rooney is not for sale. Rooney himself, however, was unimpressed by the manager’s remarks that he would effectively have to be an understudy to main striker Robin van Persie. last_img read more