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Myanmar Times and other media threatened and sanctioned by military censors


first_img Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the recent sanctions taken by the military government’s censorship board against the Burmese-language edition of the Myanmar Times weekly, which was ordered to suppress its next issue for carrying a report about an increase in the price of satellite dish licences (http://www.mmtimes.com/no400/n006.htm) in its 11 January issue.The newspaper apparently published the story, which quoted an Agence France-Presse dispatch, without requesting the censorship board’s permission.”The latest sanctions against news media that are already subject to censorship and self-censorship appear to be linked to recent official statements on press freedom,” the two organisations said. “Information minister Kyaw Hsan, for example, told a group of media publishers on 13 January that the media must make an effort to help the national economy to improve and to protect itself against the destructionists threatening the country’s interests. We suspect that this kind of comment may pave the way for new sanctions and restrictions.”A Rangoon-based journalist said the government also asked the Myanmar Times to fire four of its journalists, Nwe Nwe Aye, Win Nyunt Lwin, Myint Soe and Win Kyaw Oo. The four were reportedly told to go this week.The censorship board recently ordered at least two magazines, the Myanmar Tribune and Action Times, not to publish any “political” news. A journalist employed by one of these publications said Maj. Tint Swe, the head of the censorship board, threatened them with reprisals if they did not concentrate on entertainment and sport. Myanmar Tribune and Action Times decided to temporarily suspend publication.A spokesperson for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, was summoned by the censorship board on 11 January and reprimanded for issuing a newsletter on 4 January, Independence Day. Reference was made to the Printers and Publishers Registration Act, under which an unauthorised publication is punishable by up to seven years in prison.According to the Burmese exile magazine Irrawaddy, young NLD activists printed and circulated a newsletter entitled Ah-Yoan-Thit (The Dawn) containing articles on last September’s demonstrations and arrests of party activists.The military government has refused to give the NLD any publication permit since the start of the 1990s. Aung San Suu Kyi has herself repeatedly requested authorisation to publish a newspaper.Around 150 weekly newspapers and 80 magazines are published in Burma. Most of them do not cover politics but all of them are subjected to prior censorship. According to some sources, rampant corruption within the censorship board means that publications are sometimes able to carry reports that would normally be censored. Follow the news on Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News January 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Myanmar Times and other media threatened and sanctioned by military censors Help by sharing this information RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylumcenter_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Newslast_img read more


News story: Distress alert helps HM Coastguard coordinate yacht rescue


first_imgHM Coastguard’s mission control centre (UK MCC) based at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham, Hampshire, received the emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) alert just before 7.50am on 11 June 2019 from a vessel in the vicinity of Plymouth Sound and immediately contacted Falmouth coastguard, who coordinated the rescue.Around the same time, Falmouth coastguard received a VHF call from a yacht but due to the weather conditions the communications were lost during the call. Working with UKMCC, Falmouth coastguard confirmed that the call came from the same vessel as the EPIRB alert.RNLI Plymouth and Salcombe all-weather lifeboats and Newquay coastguard helicopter were sent to assist in the search and rescue mission. A Mayday relay broadcast was also sent to other vessels in the area requesting they offer assistance in locating the vessel.Soon after the helicopter launched the UK MCC confirmed that the yacht was issuing a 121.5 MHz homing beacon, which allowed the helicopter to home in on the vessel’s location, just south of the Eddystone lighthouse.Upon reaching the vessel in rough sea conditions, it was found in that it had suffered engine failure and the sails had blown through due to a squall. The helicopter winchman was lowered on to the deck of the vessel to check that all was well with the three people on board, and they were confirmed to be safe and well.The RNLI Plymouth and Salcombe lifeboats remained on scene and established a tow with the vessel and towed it to Salcombe harbour.Dai Jones, HM Coastguard duty controller, said: “This rescue mission demonstrated excellent coordination between the UK MCC and Falmouth coastguard, along with the helicopter and lifeboat crews.The skipper of the vessel did the right thing in activating the homing beacon, which allowed us to quickly identify their location and send help.”yatch rescuelast_img read more


Investors taking note of value on the Peninsula


first_imgThe home at 43 Dover Rd, Margate sold at auction.THE Margate market is showing signs of strong, steady growth and investors are taking note. According to CoreLogic, the median house price in the peninsula suburb has grown 7.6 per cent in the 12 months to December last year and 23 per cent in the past three years. Andrew Campbell, of Ray White Redcliffe, said the level of buyer inquiry in the area was fantastic at the moment. “Margate, and the Redcliffe Peninsula as a whole, is widely undervalued,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of people coming from inner-city Brisbane or Sydney and Melbourne looking for value for money.” Mr Campbell said just last Saturday the auction of a three-bedroom property with two lots on a single title attracted the investors.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“Anything with a double block is getting a lot of interest at the moment,” he said. The property at 43 Dover Rd, Margate sold for $565,000 under the hammer. Mr Campbell said he received eight offers for the property before the auction and there were four registered bidders on the day.Bidding started at $470,000. Mr Campbell said the successful buyer was a local real estate agent, who purchased the property as an investment. The Redcliffe-based agent said he was also seeing a good number of owner-occupiers looking to buy into Margate. “We’re getting a lot of younger families and people who are happy to commute — the train line has helped drive that interest,” he said.last_img read more




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