Two journalists jailed for seven years as wave of sentencing continues

first_imgNews Receive email alerts MyanmarAsia – Pacific November 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists jailed for seven years as wave of sentencing continues US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association today voiced their shock at seven-year jail sentences handed down on 28 November to Thet Zin and Sein Win Maung, respectively editor and manager of the privately-owned Myanmar Nation, which has since closed down.They were sentenced by a court in Thingangyun, near Rangoon under the Printers and Publishers Registration Act for being in possession of documents deemed to be subversive, including a UN Special rapporteur’s human rights report on Burma.”The Burmese courts, legal arm of a fanatical military power, continues to hand down very harsh prison sentences after sham trials”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”In the case of Thet Zin and Sein Win Maung, the judges have imposed the maximum penalty allowed under the press law. What is the most shocking is that none of journalists, bloggers, poets, activists or monks who have recently been sentenced, committed a crime defined as such under Burmese law. Their sole crime is to peacefully oppose the junta”, it added.The same day, 13 members of the ’88 Generation students group’ were sentenced to six years in jail.Thet Zin and U Sein Win Maung were arrested on 15 February 2008 by police and intelligence agents who also searched the offices of Myanmar Nation, seizing numerous documents including one written by the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, video tapes of popular demonstrations last October and poems. They were both held at the interior ministry before being moved to Insein prison. Thet Zin, aged 42, has already spent several years in prison. He founded Myanmar Nation in 2006. Since their arrests, the newspaper has been closed and the entire staff is unemployed. Min Zin, who is a brother of Thet Zin and a Burmese journalist in exile, told the organisations : “The saddest irony is that family members and friends finally felt relieved upon hearing of 7-year sentence handed down by junta’s kangaroo court because most of the high profile dissidents have been receiving average of 20 to 65 year prison sentences since early this month. The concern now is possible transfers of Thet Zin and Sein Win Maung to remote area prisons where political prisoners who have already suffered serious health problems will face greater risk of dying behind bars due to worse prison conditions.”The Printers and Publishers Registration Act of 1962 is a legacy of the socialist dictatorship of General Ne Win and has become the main instrument of censorship used by the military junta. All publications (books, newspapers, poetry collections and so on) have to be checked by the military censor which has the power to ban any content harmful to state ideology, national solidarity and public order. Prison sentences can go up to seven years and fines of the equivalent of 5,000 euros. Follow the news on Myanmar Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News RSF_en to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information News May 31, 2021 Find out more News May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Trail Mix – October 2018

first_img Jay Walk’n Alberta Poor Until Payday The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 3:53 House On A Hill Sarah Borges When I Quit Drinking JP Harris Fat B Keller Williams Not a Lot of Blood Jim Clements 5:42 3:20 4:23 Sink (Like A Stone) Bryan Elijah Smith : Oh Boy The Jellyman’s Daughter Another Night Gone Wrong Jon Hatchett Band 2:57 3:27 Embed 3:58 4:20 Down Low Town Mountain 2:27 Nobody Lights My Heart Like You Jim Wyly Earl’s Breakdown The Earls Of Leicester 3:08 Chemicals Gregory Alan Isakov Any month that features a track from guitar alchemist Keller Williams is a good month.Williams is back with yet another single syllable record this month – Sans – but, even for Williams, this record is a departure. As the title suggests, there is a “without-ness” to this record. In this case, it’s lyrics. This eight track instrumental collection simply continues Williams decades long resistance to being pigeonholed or categorized. Trail Mix offers up “Fat B” as proof positive that Keller and his guitar are always absolutely enough.Martha Scanlan returns this month with a brand new record. Fans in Northeast Tennessee and around the Southeast remember Scanlan as part of The Reeltime Travelers. Scanlan, who now calls Montana home, releases The River And The Light, a collection of songs that reflect the meeting point of Montana’s endless vistas with the Appalachian’s deepest roots, on October 19th. Check out “Revival” on this month’s mix.This month is also all about new beginnings. Lauren Morrow, known for years as the singer for The Whiskey Gentry, is back with a brand new solo EP. A move to Nashville with her husband, Jason, has led to a new band and a new sound. Trail Mix is happy to feature “I Don’t Think About You At All” this month.As you dig in, you’ll find awesome stuff from long time Trail Mix friends Sarah Borges, Paul Kelly, Town Mountain, The Earls of Leicester, Buxton, Hymn For Her, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Whitey Morgan & The 78s, and Gregory Alan Isakov.And check out new cuts from Trail Mix newcomers Alberta, Jim Clements, Phillipe Bronchtein, Jon Hatchett, The Jellyman’s Daughter, and Jim Wyly.Coming your way on the Trail Mix blog this month are chats with J.P. Harris and Bryan Elijah Smith, along with a premiere of a brand new tune from Colorado based singer/songwriter Jeff Cramer.Do yourself a favor. Get out there and buy some of this music. Support the incredible artists who, month in and month out, make Trail Mix so great. 4:05 3:58 4:01 3:21 2:24 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Me And The Moon Phillipe Bronchtein Revival Martha Scanlan 3:09 Blue Balloons Hymn for Her Audio PlayerThe Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandPoor Until PaydayUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:53 Jan Buxton 4:37 3:57 4:39 And Death Shall Have No Dominion Paul Kelly 3:25 I Don’t Think About You At All Lauren Morrow Honky Tonk Hell Whitey Morgan & the 78’s last_img read more

Fortier: Syracuse and Boeheim cannot afford to squander any advantages

first_imgAt his postgame press conference after losing to Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon, a reporter asked Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim if he was concerned that his team, on its home floor, could not beat the Fighting Irish without their two best players. He squinted his eyes and shook his head.“I don’t care who they have,” Boeheim said.Boeheim should care.Personnel matters, and the Atlantic Coast Conference is unforgiving because of its quality and depth. Boeheim has said it himself as much as anyone.“This league is a tremendous challenge,” he said Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis game was supposed to be a rare easier win. Notre Dame’s two best players, point guard Matt Farrell and big man Bonzie Colson, were out with a sprained left ankle and a broken left foot, respectively. Colson, the preseason ACC player of the year and third-best player in college basketball, according to, will miss about eight weeks. This game should have been a win to pad Syracuse’s ACC record for a tough run through the rest of the conference.Still, in the final seconds, with Tyus Battle dribbling at the top of the key and the shot-clock turned off in a tie game, Syracuse still seemed poised to complete a comeback it should have never needed to make. But Battle fumbled and Notre Dame (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) stunned Syracuse (12-4, 1-2), 51-49, with a Rex Pflueger game-winning putback.As the ball went in, Battle froze, only able to put his hands on the top of his head. Point guard Frank Howard then tried a half-court buzzer-beater but it fell short. Everyone else traipsed toward the bench.With Notre Dame shorthanded, Syracuse needed to cash in or its NCAA Tournament chances would slip. Now, with a slimmer margin for error, SU needs to convert on any potential similar advantages in the future.When Boeheim was asked the question, he answered it more concerned with pointing out why Syracuse lost — “Our offense is the problem” — than addressing something he couldn’t control. That’s fair, but without its two stars, Notre Dame shuffled its lineup and Syracuse saw senior Austin Torres and freshman D.J. Harvey make their first and second starts of the season, respectively. UND also complemented Torres with sophomore John Mooney. This means, instead of Farrell and Colson, Syracuse faced those three, who combined to shoot 4-for-21 (19 percent) for eight points.Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey understood the victory’s gravity. Brey began his postgame press conference by saying, unprompted, “I’ve been at Notre Dame 18 years, I’ve had a lot of great wins, this is as good as a win (as any of them) given that I’ve got Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell sitting back in their apartment in South Bend, Indiana.”In his career, Brey has won three regular-season conference titles, three conference-tournament titles and, in 2015 and 2016, he made back-to-back trips to the Elite Eight. Brey grouped this January road win early in ACC play among those, because of his personnel.The Fighting Irish are likely headed to the NCAA Tournament anyway, but without its star for a long stretch, the Fighting Irish needs to cushion themselves by snagging as many ACC wins as possible. The win also allowed UND to scribble a valuable line on its resume: “Comeback win on the road over one of the sport’s greatest coaches down our two best players.”Considering the Orange’s own players only heightens the importance of a victory over Notre Dame. As Boeheim has acknowledged, Syracuse only has three scorers in Battle, Howard and Brissett, all three of which lead the ACC in minutes played. Boeheim has always preferred short rotations, but the workloads for this Syracuse trio are different than many primary scoring options for past teams because of the high-leverage situations an ineffective half-court offense forces them into.The overall demand will only increase. In 10 of Syracuse’s 15 remaining games, it will face a team ranked in the top quartile for defensive efficiency this season, according to In six of those games, the Orange will face a defense ranked inside the top 20. Boeheim and the players, by their postgame comments at least, seem unsure of how best to address Syracuse’s offensive woes.In the meantime, Syracuse needs to exploit any edge it can find, including any unforeseen personnel switches that throws an opponent off-balance.Before this season started, Boeheim was asked about last year’s team that, after a rocky start, strung together three Top 10 upsets in a month toward the end of the season but still missed the NCAA Tournament.“We lost games early in the year that we couldn’t lose,” Boeheim said, “but after that, we were a real good basketball team.”The same sentiment holds true this season in ACC play. Syracuse needs to win the games it should. Notre Dame was one of those games, but there’s nothing anyone can do about it now.Instead Syracuse must find its next advantage and, this time, capitalize.Sam Fortier is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @Sam4TR. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2018 at 11:28 pmlast_img read more