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European Parliament urges Burma to respect right to information

first_img Help by sharing this information June 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European Parliament urges Burma to respect right to information News May 26, 2021 Find out more Photo : Soe Than WIN / AFP US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 31, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Myanmar Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News RSF_en News to go further Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s European Parliament resolution on the plight of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims, who are not only persecuted by the authorities and denied Burmese citizenship, but also denied access to news and information and subjected to an information blackout. “We welcome the European Parliament’s calls for journalists to be given unrestricted access to sensitive regions of Burma such as the western state of Arakan, where people of Rohingya origin are in the majority,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The disinformation about the recent violent rioting, in which the security forces have usually looked on without intervening, must stop. It is just exacerbating racist attitudes towards the Rohingyas.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the European Union, the 2012 Nobel peace laureate, to undertake to ensure that the Burmese authorities heed the injunctions of its parliament.”Passed on the last day of a four-day plenary session in Strasbourg, the resolution blamed the current ethnic violence on policies that discriminate against the Rohingyas. Article 5 of the resolution urged the Burmese authorities to “provide UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs, as well as journalists and diplomats, with unhindered access to all areas of the country, including Rakhine state, and to give unrestricted and full access to humanitarian aid for all communities affected by conflict and sectarian violence.”Burma’s ethnic violence and rioting erupted at the end of May 2012, after the rape and murder of a young Rakhine Buddhist woman was blamed on three Rohingyas, whose photos were posted on online social networks.While the large volume of comments and opinions posted online testified to an increase in Internet freedom in Burma, the constant mention of the ethnic origins of the victims and suspects quickly imposed one-sided and distorted interpretations of this horrific crime.Many foreign journalists who went to Burma to cover the crisis found themselves being harassed and threatened by the local population, while the government tried to suppress information and did not comment on the unrest until five days after President Thein Sein proclaimed a state of emergency.When the weekly Snapshot (Hlyat Tabyet in Burmese) published a photo of the rape victim on 9 June 2012, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division suspended its licence indefinitely the same day.Disgraceful propagandaSeveral foreign media were the targets of smear campaigns waged through street protests and online posts. The BBC and Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) were among those accused of biased coverage of the inter-communal violence, while the DVB website was the target of repeated cyber-attacks.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its recommendations for Burmese and foreign journalists and other news providers who, directly or indirectly, cover the sensitive issue of Burma’s Rohingya minority.In the absence of a satisfactory legal framework offering real protection to all the media, and bearing in mind the polarization and/or inexperience of some Burmese journalists:1) News organizations must urgently remind their journalists of the requirements of professional ethics and must organize special meetings on covering the crisis.2) In view of the varying levels of human and financial resources available to different media, reporters should be given accelerated special training to prepare them for the security problems they could encounter while covering the conflicts in Arakan state.3) The media community should work together to find solutions to the obstacles preventing access to information, to the security problems for reporters visiting conflict-ridden areas, to the breaches of professional ethics and to the need for all media to implement international journalistic standards.Read the special report entitled “Crisis in Arakan state and new threats to freedom of information” that Reporters Without Borders published on 28 June 2012. Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

La Canada Presbyterian Church Presents Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support Group

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News A new community support group is beginning for persons with Fibromyalgia and/or Arthritis. The group will meet monthly at La Canada Presbyterian Church for personal and social support, and education in lifestyle management of these difficult medical issues.The support group will be led by Dianne Whiting, MA, PT and Katie Phillips-Rector, MS, MFT Intern. Dianne has extensive experience as a physical therapist working with people with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis and is Program Director for the Fibromyalgia Management Program at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona. She has been leading a Fibromyalgia support group at Casa Colina for the past 20 years. Katie is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who works with individuals and families facing a variety of chronic pain and health conditions. She also lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia herself, and is passionate about helping others finding strength and encouragement while living these medical issues.The support group will meet at La Canada Presbyterian Church on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in the Library. There is no fee or sign-up for this program and all are welcome to join us. Please email Katie ([email protected]) or Dianne ([email protected]) if you have any questions.La Canada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Faith & Religion News La Canada Presbyterian Church Presents Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support Group From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 5:56 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Make a comment HerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Subscribe Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Bagel Factory seeks buyer

first_imgThe UK’s largest bagel chain has been placed on the market for £2m, receiving a wealth of potential takeover bids.As reported by M&C Report, Bagel Factory is looking for an outright sale or an injection of a new investment to develop the brand’s growth. A spokesperson from Coffer Corporate Leisure, who is advising the group on the move, spoke to British Baker on the sale of the national bagel chain. He said that the business had been pleasantly surprised by the response of offers currently on the table, with interest from private equity firms, along with trade buyers operating in train stations offering healthier alternatives to fast food.In addition, he mentioned how it was early days for the company to make a decision, but Bagel Factory was looking to make an announcement in the next couple of weeks.The brand opened its first site in London back in 1997 and currently operates 14 outlets in England and 40 franchise units in Ireland. The majority of its sites are based in transport hubs.In August 2008, Bagel Factory acquired its five-strong rival Oi! Bagel, for an undisclosed sum off an asking price understood to be around £1m. However, the group closed five of its own sites this year with four outlets making a loss. The company has plans to close a further two before the end of 2011, with a further unit set to close next year.Bagel Factory is currently owned by a group of private investors, including the company’s chairman Geoff Westmore, former global head of M&A at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a stake in the business through investment vehicle Subito Partners.The chain reported pre-tax profits of £148,524 for the year to 25 September 2010, against a pre-tax loss of £350,635 in the previous year. Operating profit stood at £149,066 compared to a loss of £351,160 in 2009 and turnover declined from £6.194m in 2009 to £5.287m last year.last_img read more