Reporter arrested over bullet-proof vest in topsy-turvy Thailand

first_img RSF_en Bullet-proof vests are meant to save your life but in Thailand they can get you arrested, as Hong Kong-based photo-journalist Hok-chun “Anthony” Kwan learned when officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport found a bullet-proof vest and helmet in his bags as he was about to fly home on 23 August. ThailandAsia – Pacific Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom August 26, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter arrested over bullet-proof vest in topsy-turvy Thailand The authorities arrested Anthony Kwan on a charge of “possessing an illegal weapon” and, for the time being, are preventing him from returning to Hong Kong.Bullet-proof vests and helmets are regarded as controlled military equipment under Thailand’s 1987 Arms Control Act and users are supposed to have a licence issued by the defence ministry. The law is nonetheless rarely applied to the many reporters who use bullet-proof vests while covering Thailand’s frequent political protests.Kwan was freed on bail on the afternoon of 24 August but his passport has been confiscated and he is forbidden to leave Thailand pending formal indictment. His lawyer, Pawinee Chumsri of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, said he has been told to report to the court every 12 days until the prosecutor’s office decides whether or not to prosecute.He could be tried by a military court and is facing a possible five-year jail sentence or a fine of 50,000 bahts (about 1,230 euros).“We urge the judicial authorities to rescind the order that prevents Anthony Kwan from leaving Thailand and to drop the charges against him,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“It is unacceptable that a journalist trying to protect himself in a dangerous environment should be prosecuted in this way. Physical safety measures such as bullet-proof vests and helmets are essential for media personnel. We expect the Thai authorities to allow reporters to protect themselves instead of making protection more complicated.” Deloire added: “We also point out that journalists who apply for a licence to wear protective equipment rarely get a response from the competent government authorities, which shows that they are being hypocritical. Reporters must be able to avoid being shot like rabbits.”Kwan, 29, works for Initium Media, a Chinese-language news website based in Hong Kong. The website sent him to Bangkok to cover the aftermath of the Erawan shrine bombing, whose 22 fatal victims included two young people from Hong Kong.Media outlets and reporters were repeatedly targeted by both soldiers and demonstrators during the frequent clashes between the different political factions and the army before the May 2014 coup.Hiroyuki Muramoto, 44, a Japanese cameraman working for Reuters, was shot dead during violent clashes between the army and deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s “Red Shirt” supporters in Bangkok on 10 April 2010. Italian freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi, 45, was killed in similar circumstances on 19 May 2010. Neither was wearing a bullet-proof vest.The situation of foreign journalists has been very precarious in Thailand since the military coup. They have reported finding it increasingly difficult to obtain or renew work visas and accreditation, while the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand has been the target of repeated pressure and intimidation by the junta.Media personnel, especially foreign investigative reporters, were already exposed to threats before the military takeover, but the threats have been exacerbated by the political tension created by the military.Thailand is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News News News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Thailand Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more News Organisation June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Shannon Dev best for cost of new jobs

first_imgAdvertisement NewsLocal NewsShannon Dev best for cost of new jobsBy admin – September 22, 2011 515 THE cost to the taxpayer of each job created by Shannon Development is almost half that of each job created by the IDA or Enterprise Ireland.New figures show that for every job which Shannon Development creates, the exchequer hands over €7,552. That’s in comparison with a cost of €14,287 for each job created by IDA Ireland and €12,254 for any job created by Enterprise Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The official figures were supplied to the Dáil Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on foot of a request by Deputy Willie O’Dea, who is a member of the committee.Concerned that a section in the current Programme for Government states its intention to examine whether there is a role for the development body in the future, Mr O’Dea said:“This just goes to prove that Shannon Development is a very efficient body.“It would be foolish in the extreme to consider abolishing a job creation agency which is getting people into employment at such a low cost – the figures speak for themselves.“You can’t argue with the facts. It’s creating jobs at half the cost to the taxpayer when compared with the bigger agencies. It would be ludicrous to abolish this small agency which does a fantastic job.”The cost per job is a figure calculated by Forfás and is arrived at after taking into account the job-creating agency’s spend. The figure is calculated over a seven year period.Responding to the deputy’s comments, Enterprise Ireland said that while that figure is correct for the period 2004 – 20010, their cost per job for the seven years to 2008 was “€7,794, which is comparable to other agencies during that period.” Factors affecting the rise in cost were the extra supports provided by Enterprise Ireland to help companies withstand the worst recession in decades and the fact that Enterprise Ireland administers schemes such as dairy beef and sheep funds for third parties.The lower number of jobs sustained in that period by the agency was also due to the recession and particularly affected by the fact that Enterprise Ireland works with one of the worst hit industries, construction.There was no comment available from IDA Ireland at time of going to press. Linkedin Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Email Print Twitter Previous articleGilmore criticised for ‘U turn’ on Shannon investigationsNext articleNurses warn of further action adminlast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal fans after Manchester City defeat

first_img Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said sorry for Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has issued an apology to Arsenal fans following their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday evening.Mikel Arteta’s side went behind in the first half after Raheem Sterling benefited from David Luiz’s error to score from close range.Luiz’s nightmare performance got even worse shortly after the break after he conceded a penalty and was sent off for a foul on Riyad Mahrez.Kevin De Bruyne doubled City’s lead from the spot before Phil Foden completed the win.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal, meanwhile, failed to register a shot on target for the first time in the Premier League this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the result has dented their hopes of finishing in the top four and securing a place in next season’s Champions League. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal fans after Manchester City defeat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang apologised for Arsenal’s loss to Manchester City (Instagram)Aubameyang turned 31 on Thursday and after being wished a happy birthday by Arsenal Fan TV, the striker took the opportunity to apologise for the team’s performance against Pep Guardiola’s side.Aubameyang’s reply to AFTV’s birthday message read: ‘Thanks and sorry for yesterday guys’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Mikel Arteta admits he is keen to move on quickly following Arsenal’s defeat.‘I want to delete the game from the hard drive,’ the Arsenal manager told BBC Sport.‘It’s a lot of things that happened and there’s no point taking things from this game.‘Just delete it and start preparing tomorrow for the game against Brighton.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 4:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Woods roars back into contention

first_img The American, who pulled out of last week’s Honda Classic midway through his final round because of injury, produced his best round for some considerable time to shoot a six-under-par 66. That put him just three strokes off the lead set by compatriot Patrick Reed but Woods, who has won four times at this venue before it was extensively remodelled for this year’s tournament, is the favourite heading into the last day. World number one Tiger Woods put his back problem well behind him to shoot the round of the week on Doral’s Blue Monster course and put himself in contention for an eighth WGC-Cadillac Championship. And though he is still not 100% fit Woods proved he is still capable of producing the form which made him the most feared golfer on the planet. “I was pretty sore last night but I’m having treatment day and my therapists are doing a fantastic job of getting me out here and playing and that’s probably my most complete round (of the year),” he said in his post-round press conference. “My swing is coming around. I just need to get healthy enough to put the club in that position. “It was nice to get back in the tournament again. I held it together yesterday on a long, tough day and that gave me a chance: I was only six back and I thought that was definitely do-able. “I got my speed right (on the greens) and I hit the ball better and left myself in good spots. “It is a totally golf course today, Yesterday was not what we intended it to be. Today it is so much more playable.” Woods’ tally of eight birdies was better than he had managed in the first two days and with just two bogeys he lifted himself to one under, within touching distance of the lead. His iron play was particularly impressive, hitting approaches to third, fifth, eighth, 11th and also his tee shot at the short 15th to within 15 feet. Reed, who has held at least a share of the lead every day, shot a three-under 69, which included a 41-foot eagle putt at the eighth, to reach four under. Compatriots Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan are both two under after rounds of 68 and 71 respectively with Welshman Jamie Donaldson tied with Woods for fourth on one under after a 71. “I am enjoying myself. It is a tough battle out there as the course is playing really difficult,” Donaldson told Sky Sports. “I am getting slowly more used to playing golf over here. I just need to make a few more putts.” Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell let things slip slightly as he dropped from one under to one over after a 73 but compatriot Rory McIlroy fared even worse. He had two double-bogey sevens on the par fives at eight and 10 after finding the water but improved the look of his card slightly with a chip-in birdie from the side of the 18th to finish with a 75 for three over par. Press Associationlast_img read more

All Set for NCC Tennis League Finals

first_imgOrganisers of the marquee competition have promised to make it rewarding and fun forspectators with refreshments and raffle draws for state of the art phones.“Matches are going to start at 10 am each day -Thursday to Saturday – at the Lagos Lawn Tennis club and matches would usually last through the evening with four matches following each other on the centre court. We therefor expect tennis followers to consider it a picnic where they get refreshments and possibly walk away with a smart phone.” Godwin Kienka of the ITA which coordinates the event said.Meanwhile, top players for the third place match are already in Lagos.Sylvester Emmanuel, Henry Atseye and Sarah Adegoke of Team Offikwu are expected to make up for their botched title defence by winning the consolatory third spot which attracts a N3 million prize money.They will have to contend with Team Ndoma-Egba’s Thomas Otu, who recently won the Dala Hard Court Championship, Emmanuel Paul and Aanu Aiyegbusi who all have their eyes on the bigger prize.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The six-month long NCC Tennis League is poised for a fitting climax at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club with playoff for third and fourth places preceding the championship match.The third place tie scheduled for Thursday and Friday Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 will be between Team Ndoma-Egba of Abuja and Team Offikwu, last year’s winners who were dethroned by Team Civil Defence in the second semifinals.The championship tie kicks off on Saturday Dec. 9 and ends on Sunday Dec.10 withthe presentation of prizes and awards.last_img read more