Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison

first_img Help by sharing this information News MyanmarAsia – Pacific MyanmarAsia – Pacific January 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt (, a Burmese blogger who was arrested exactly one year ago today and was sentenced on 10 November to 20 years and six months in prison, or Zarganar, one of Burma’s best known comedians, who is serving a 59-year jail sentence in appalling conditions for criticising the military government online. Follow the news on Myanmar News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt (, a Burmese blogger who was arrested exactly one year ago today and was sentenced on 10 November to 20 years and six months in prison, or Zarganar, one of Burma’s best known comedians, who is serving a 59-year jail sentence in appalling conditions for criticising the military government online. “On this sad anniversary for Nay Phone Latt, we are launching petition for his and Zarganar’s release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They did nothing to deserve these punishments and must be freed. Nay Phone Latt’s only crime was to be caught in possession of a film regarded as subversive by the military government. Zarganar was convicted solely for expressing his views.” The press freedom organisation added: “Their trials were farces organised by special courts that take their orders directly from the government. The international community, especially UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon’s special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, who is due to visit Burma shortly, need to pay close attention to what is going on.” Aged 28, Nay Phone Latt was arrested on 29 January 2008 with several members of the opposition National League for Democracy, who were released a few hours later. He received a combined jail sentence of 20 years and six months on 10 November from a special court inside Insein prison that was headed by judge Daw Soe Nyaam. The sentence consisted of two years for violating article 505 (b) of the Criminal Code (which punishes defamation of the state), three years and six months for violating article 32 (b) of the Video Act and 15 years for violating article 33 (a) of the Electronic Act. He is suffering from eye problems but has not been allowed to see a doctor. He is due for release in 2028. Zarganar, who kept a blog that was widely read by Burmese Internet users both in Burma and abroad, was arrested on 5 June 2008 for writing in his blog about the widespread criticism of the government’s relief efforts after the country was devastated by a cyclone the previous month. Sentenced to 45 years in prison under the Electronic Act by the Insein prison court on 21 November 2008, he was given an additional 14-year jail sentence for unspecified “offences” six days later. He is due to be released in 2067. Nay Phone Latt and Zarganar were awarded a special press freedom prize by Reporters Without Borders on 4 December.Sign the petition Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

€30,200 of Suspected Cannabis Seized in Co. Limerick

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash GARDAÍ have arrested a man and seized €30,200 of suspected cannabis in Co. Limerick on September 2, 2020.Shortly before 6pm Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit, with the assistance of the Armed Support Unit, executed a search warrant at a house in Abbeyfeale.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the course of the search Gardaí discovered a grow house containing €15,200 worth of mature cannabis plants.  Further searches of the house led to the discovery of €15,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb.Gardaí seized the suspected drugs along with fans, heat lamps, an irrigation system and gardening equipment. The local Scenes of Crime Unit attended and photographed the scene and the seized items.  The suspected drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.A man, aged in his 50s, was arrested at the scene and brought to Henry Street Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.As part of the investigation searches were conducted at two other properties in Limerick. No other items of evidential value were seized during these searches.Investigation ongoing. Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleBREAKING: Limerick man remanded on bail on charges of possessing nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition, explosive substances, and gunsNext articleShannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Staff Reporter LimerickNews€30,200 of Suspected Cannabis Seized in Co. LimerickBy Staff Reporter – September 3, 2020 786 Advertisement WhatsApp Print Twitter Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post last_img read more

Brundidge to sound whistle on Thursday

first_img You Might Like Food World owner files for bankruptcy Belle Foods, owner of Food World in Troy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, according to court documents. The… read more At 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the noon whistle in Brundidge will sound in celebration of the 237th signing of the Declaration of Independence and in support of the July 4 National Bell Ringing led by No Greater Love. The non-profit organization seeks to provide a sense history and of what it means to be an American.The NGL organization is encouraging all Americans, wherever they happen to be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, to ring a bell, sound a siren, shake car keys or tap something on glass and “let freedom ring.”At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said the city’s well-known noon whistle will be used at 2 just for July 4 and he hopes all community members participate in their own way. Jeanna Barnes, Pike County Emergency Management Agency director, presented the county’s Emergency Plan and discussed it with the council members. Barnes said the Pike County Commission had already adopted the plan that would include disasters caused by technology, nature and humans.The council voted to partner with the City of Troy in its efforts to purchase a van for its senior center with Alabama Department of Transportation grant funds if approved.The van that is currently used to transport clients of the Robert E. Barr Nutrition Center is a 2006 model. Any match money required for the grant would be the responsibility of the City of Brundidge.The Rev. Ed Shirley, pastor of Brundidge United Methodist Church, opened Tuesday’s council meeting with prayer and gifted the Brundidge Volunteer Fire Department with a Firefighters Bible. The council observed a time of silence in memory of the 19 firefighters who were killed Sunday battling a blaze in Arizona. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content Brundidge to sound whistle on Thursday In other business, the city declared a copy machine surplus and to be sold on Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Prior to the council’s regular meeting, a public hearing was held to give the public an opportunity for input into the city’s request to ADECA to extend the Community Development Block Grant water lines project in the Caldwell subdivision to include the south side of Clayton Street and several short stubs on Darby and Ann streets.Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said the CDBG water lines project came in about $24,000 under budget. Rather than return the funds, the city is asking ADECA to allow an amendment to the project that would utilize the funds to extend the project, which would improve the water quality to other areas of the subdivision.There was no public opposition to the extension. The city council approved a resolution requesting the extension to include the specified areas. By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the authorlast_img read more