Help by sharing this information RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” News Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Hang Chakra, the editor of the daily Khmer Machas Srok (http:// kmsblog.wordpress.com/), who was jailed on 26 June 2009 after receiving a one-year prison sentence as a result of government complaint about articles accusing the deputy prime minister of corrupt practices. February 24, 2021 Find out more Judge Din Sivuthy tried Hang Chakra under the criminal code inherited from the UNTAC instead of the 1995 press law in order to be able to impose a more severe sentence. The press law provides for fines but not jail sentences. According to the Cambodian Journalists Club, six lawsuits have been brought against opposition or independent journalists since the start of the year. Two of them are journalists employed by Radio Free Asia’s Khmer service who are being prosecuted in connection with a report on Cambodia’s Muslim community. Receive email alerts His lawyer, Chong Cho Ngy, told Reporters Without Borders he would file an appeal. “I still do not understand why the judge refused to try my client under the press law,” he said. “The reports published in the newspaper were obviously of interest to its readers so it is clearly a press freedom issue.” News to go further RSF_en Hang Chakra’s jail sentence marks a new phase in the politicisation of defamation and disinformation complaints being brought by government officials in recent months. A report by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia deplored the fact that at least eight different complaints were pending against opposition members, lawyers and journalists. Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Organisation “Prime Minister Hun Sen took the historic decision to decriminalize defamation, but his government has now regrettably abused a law about disinformation that was inherited from the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC),” Reporters Without Borders said. “Hang Chakra must be freed and then articles 62 and 63 of the criminal code bequeathed by the UN must be amended.” This is the first time that a journalist has been jailed since June 2008, when Dam Sith, the managing editor of the opposition daily Moneaksekar Khmer, spent a week in prison after being accused by the foreign minister of disseminating false information. CambodiaAsia – Pacific Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream The complaint against Hang Chakra – over a series of articles in April and May accusing Deputy Prime Minister Sok An of corruption – was heard in the editor’s absence. The one-year jail sentence and a fine of 1,500 euros were imposed at the end of a trial lasting just one hour. The police then arrested Hang Chakra and took him to the capital’s Prey Sar prison. The press freedom organisation added: “It is shocking that the government’s ministers decided to refer this matter to the courts without first requesting a right of reply in the newspaper.” News Speaking to the media, he said that, in order to reach a verdict quickly, the Phnom Penh court had rejected his request for an adjournment and had rushed the trial without Hang Chakra being present. CambodiaAsia – Pacific January 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cambodia June 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor jailed under law bequeathed by UN News One of Cambodia’s three opposition dailies, Khmer Machas Srok is linked to the opposition Sam Rainsy party. Hang Chakra told the Cambodge Soir newspaper before he was jailed: “I know the courts will not rule in my favour… but I am not afraid.” In an article for the Phnom Penh Post (www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/ 2009060426264/National-news/Publisher-answers-charges.html), he said he had resisted the prosecutor’s attempts to get him to name his sources. December 28, 2020 Find out more
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The B&H tennis player Mirza Bašić was defeated in the third and last round of the qualifications of the ATP tournament in Bucharest, which is being played for a prize of 426.605 Euros.After beating Pere Ribe from Spain in the second round, Bašić then failed to beat Ricardas Berankis from Lithuania, and the final score was 5:7, 6:4 and 6:2.The B&H tennis players Damir Džumhur and Aldin Šetkić were defeated at the start of the qualifications.In the first round, Džumhur was defeated by Henri Laaksonen from Switzerland with 4:6, 1:6, and Šetkić lost to Egor Gerasimov from Belarus with 4:6, 4:6.
Francisco Liriano (47) sits in the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Bill NealYou want to talk about the real deal? Francisco Liriano is just that. Throws heat, great control, strength, endurance and guess what? No PED’s . . . (that we know of).• Say what you want, and I know you will, and I’m sure you’re a little nervous, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are flat out just a better team than the St. Louis Cardinals.• “Insane Bolt” still the fastest man in the world for three years running and showing no signs of slowing down.• You want to question the still dominant talent of Tiger Woods. 14 majors, 76 titles, 5 wins this year and will probably be named player of the year. I think not, my good man!• Steeler legend facts until kick off of the regular season . . . L.C. Greenwood should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Period. End of story. Everybody get on that horse and ride it. Start calling the media and the H.O.F. Committee.• Important question for you. Name your favorite movie. Tombstone or Wyatt Earp. And your best Doc Holiday, Val Kilmer or Dennis Quaid. Don’t worry. If you’re reading this and you know your westerns, then you know what I’m talking about. Click back in and let me know. I’ll post the results next week. This is important stuff so do the right thing.“You Have Just Crossed The Finish Line”