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Government imposes news blackout on bombings, gives low casualty figures

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first_img RSF_en News May 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government imposes news blackout on bombings, gives low casualty figures May 31, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts MyanmarAsia – Pacific News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association today condemned the news blackout imposed by the authorities on coverage of three bomb blasts that took place almost simultaneously in two supermarkets and a busy convention centre in Rangoon on 7 May.”Once again the Burmese junta has deprived the public of access to the information it needs,” the two organizations said. “It is unacceptable that the authorities should prevent journalists from covering such major occurrences.”According to the authorities, 19 people were killed and 160 were injured in the explosions. But these figures are way below those given by witnesses and diplomatic sources, who estimate that at least 40 people died and 200 were injured.A newspaper editor told the two organizations that no reporters were allowed to visit hospitals in the capital to seek more accurate casualty figures. The police also denied journalists access to Yay-Way cemetery, one of the biggest in Rangoon. “Not only were we not allowed to do any investigative work, but we were also forced to publish nothing but the statements issued by the authorities,” the editor said.In an even more ridiculous move, the authorities banned newspapers from putting the date and cause of death in death announcements. At the same time, the death announcements and obituary page on the government website Myanma Alin has been inaccessible since the bombings.The information minister, Gen. Kyaw San, and the interior minister, Gen. Maung Oo, were both extremely evasive when questioned about the explosions by foreign journalists at a news conference on 15 May. MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar News Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association today condemned the news blackout imposed by the authorities on coverage of three bomb blasts that took place almost simultaneously in two supermarkets and a busy convention centre in Rangoon on 7 May. “Once again the Burmese junta has deprived the public of access to the information it needs,” the two organizations said. ” last_img read more

Assisted suicide for ill people is ‘slippery slope’

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsAssisted suicide for ill people is ‘slippery slope’By admin – January 22, 2012 546 A REVIEW of laws which would allow doctors to assist seriously ill patients to die could lead to people who cannot make the decision for themselves being euthanised, a Limerick TD has warned. At a recent conference in Cork, Dr Adam McCauley, senior lecturer in medical and international human rights law in UCD, said that Irish law relating assisted suicide should be reviewed. Dr McCauley claimed that people with serious medical conditions are taking their lives “behind closed doors,” and sometimes with the assistance of medical practitioners.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was speaking in the wake of the publication of British report which describes current law on assisted suicide as “inadequate and incoherent”.But Fine Gael Deputy, Dan Neville, said that any liberalisation of the law on assisted death or euthanasia could have serious consequences.“It has been the experience elsewhere when euthanasia is legalised under very specific circumstances that although the criteria may be set tightly at the start, those criteria tend to loosen over time and a more liberal approach to euthanasia is taken”.Deputy Neville, who is president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, fears that older people who are ill and those severely handicapped, who do not have their full faculties, may be open to suggestion and pressure.“If someone is very ill or suffering from a disease such as Alzheimer’s, you have to ask whether they have the mental capacity to make a decision to end their own lives”.The British Commission on Assisted Dying recommended in it’s report, published last week, that a person who has a severe condition and less than a year to live, should be allowed to ask medical practitioners to assist them to die.But Deputy Neville said that this would constitute “a slippery slope.It started out tightly controlled in places like the Netherlands but that has all changed. There is a documented case recently of a woman in her fifties, who tragically lost both of her sons and she was considered a fit case for assisted suicide, even though she was in good physical health. And suicide rates generally increase in countries where euthanasia has been legalised. The attitude to all suicides changes”. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Print Previous articleUnfinished estates may escape chargeNext articleBookmaker tells family ‘too late at starting gate’ for Euro draw admin Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

PREMIUMUnions, students, CSOs gear up for protests against omnibus bill on job creation

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first_imgFacebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : A coalition of civil society organizations, major labor unions and student organizations is preparing for street rallies in March to protest against the omnibus bill on job creation.The planned protest of the 1,028-page draft bill, released by the government on Feb. 12, comes following the withdrawal of some labor unions from a government-formed coordination team consisting of union, business and government representatives.The unions refused to stay on the team as they want change in the draft bill before it is sent to the House for deliberation. They also believe that the team was made solely to legitimize the bill.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, however, stated that the draft from the government was final and the ball was in the House’s court now.Representatives from the Indonesian People’s Faction (FRI), which consists of student organizati… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account labor-union student-organizations omnibus-bill BEM-UI omnibus-bill-on-job-creation civil-society-organizations Cipta-Lapangan-Kerja CSO ciptakerlast_img read more