Editor gets 11-year jail term in affront to media freedom

first_img ThailandAsia – Pacific January 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor gets 11-year jail term in affront to media freedom to go further Organisation RSF_en Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Thailand News ThailandAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News Photo : Nicolas Asfouri / AFP Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the 11-year jail sentence that a Bangkok criminal court passed today on Voice of Thaksin magazine editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk on lèse-majesté charges for publishing two articles by another person in 2010 that were deemed to have defamed the king and the monarchy.“This sentence is a nothing less that a political manoeuvre designed to silence a government critic,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fact that the complaint about the supposedly defamatory articles was not filed until several months after Somyot’s arrest proves that the authorities wanted his head and just needed a pretext to jail him.“We demand Somyot’s immediate release and the overturning of this conviction, and we urge the entire international community to react to this trial, which is a direct attack on media freedom in Thailand. The lèse-majesté law and article 112 of the criminal code must be repealed.”The court sentenced Somyot to five years in prison for each of the offending articles and an additional year for a previous sentence that had been suspended. His lawyer, Karom Polpornklang, said he would appeal.Somyot was affiliated to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the movement also known as the Red Shirts, some of whose members support former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.He has been held since 30 April 2011 in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo, 2 days after he participated to the launch of a campaign to collect 10,000 signatures to remove the lese majeste article from the Thai criminal code. He was later reproached to refuse to reveal the identify of the author of the two articles, written under the pen-name of Jitra Polachan.He was previously held for 21 days after being arrested in May 2010, following the final assault on thousands of Red Shirt demonstrators in Bangkok. Reporters Without Borders interviewed him after his release in 2010.After the authorities closed his bimonthly, Voice of Thaksin, in 2010, it was replaced by Red Power. May 12, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

NBI files murder raps vs PCSO board member Sandra Cam

first_imgMANILA – The National Bureau ofInvestigation (NBI) has slapped Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)board member Sandra Cam with murder charges over the death of a vice mayor inMasbate town last year. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board member Sandra Cam is tagged in the death of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III in Sampaloc, Manila last Oct. 9. She denied involvement in the incident which also injured two other men. GMA NEWS Cam is being pointed as the one who hasa motive in killing Yuson III as his son, Charmax, had won the mayoralty raceover Sandra’s son, Marco. Cam has vehemently denied being the suspect. Aside from Cam, the NBI’s deathinvestigation division also sought the prosecution of her son, Marco MartinCam; Nelson Cambaya; Junel Gomez; Bradford Solis; Juanito de Luna; and Rigordela Cruz. The NBI named Yuson’s widow, Lalaine;Charlie, Yuson, Jr., and Rufino Alforte as complainants. “It is so unfair that our family isbeing dragged into this, we’ve moved on from that election,” Cam saidbefore. “Me and my son had nothing to do with that ambush of Vice Mayorand OIC Mayor of our town, Batuan,” Cam was charged with murder andfrustrated murder in the death of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III inSampaloc, Manila last Oct. 9. She has previously denied involvement in theincident, which also injured two other men. Yuson, Wilfredo Pineda and AlbertoAlforte were having breakfast when they were shot. Pineda and Alforte meanwhilewere injured and were taken to the University of Santo Tomas Hospital fortreatment. “As a mother, I sympathize with thebereaved family [pero] hindi po totoo na politically motivated ‘yan. Wait for the investigation toroll, huwag muna sana tayong gumawa ngmga speculation,” she added./PNlast_img read more

Mark Grossman, 58

first_imgMark Grossman, 58, of Versailles passed away at 3:25am, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born at Connersville on August 21, 1958 the son of Ray and Dorothy Henneke Grossman. He was married to Paula Whitaker on October 31, 1986 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Dorothy of Olympia, Washington;  three sons Steven Grossman and his companion Devin of Madison, Whitaker (Kasey) Grossman of Dayton, Ohio, and  Zach Grossman and his companion Eva Grigsby of Benham; one grandson Dalton Grossman, one granddaughter Ahlanie Grossman; two brothers Tony (Lisa) Grossman of Versailles, and Hap Clemons and Robert of Olympia, Washington. He was preceded in death by his father and his granddaughter Annabella Montgomery. Mr. Grossman was a 1976 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. He was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and was a 26 year employee of the GECOM Corporation in Greensburg where he worked in line support. Mark was an accomplished drummer and started playing when he was only 13. He had played with several area bands. Every year he attended the Trans Am Nationals in Dayton, Ohio and this year he and his 1970 Firebird won the 30th anniversary Show & Shine award at the Southeastern Career Center’s car show. He also enjoyed attending auctions and yard sales and showing his family his many “valuable finds”.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 4th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Dick Burcham officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery, Hopewell Cemetery, or Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Trojans face tough road test against the Tar Heels

first_imgUSC baseball coach Frank Cruz is trying to treat his team’s upcoming weekend bout with No. 6 North Carolina as if it were any other series.Strong start · Senior pitcher Ben Mount has helped the Trojans to their best start since the 1988 season. USC baseball has won 12 national titles. – Katherine Montgomery | Daily TrojanThe Tar Heels are consistently one of the top teams in the nation and will provide a test for the Trojans (7-1) that they haven’t had to face before in 2012. The weekend series is arguably the toughest trip on USC’s schedule.“Obviously we’re going on the road, on a long trip, and [we] need to be prepared,” Cruz said. “Every series is just another series, to be honest with you, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a little different.”The Trojans are off to their best start since 1988, when the Cardinal and Gold began the year 15-0. In 2012, USC won its first seven games of the season, including series sweeps of Jacksonville University and the University of Akron, before falling to Pepperdine on Tuesday afternoon.The Tar Heels, however, aren’t exactly stumbling into the series. North Carolina is off to a 6-1 start, including a current streak of five straight wins heading into the showdown with USC.“When you’re going up against a team like that, obviously, you need to show a little bit more edge,” Cruz said. “When you’re playing someone that good, I would hope that you would have that extra edge to your play.”USC leads the all-time series with North Carolina 7-1, certainly a reflection of the Trojans’ past history of dominance over college baseball. The Tar Heels took their lone win in the series last season at Dedeaux Field by a final of 11-7.If anything indicates that the Trojans might be ready to reverse the result from a year ago, it’s the performance of their weekend rotation to begin the 2012 season.Friday starter Andrew Triggs and Saturday senior hurler Ben Mount are both coming off equally impressive outings, combining to pitch 15 innings with only three earned runs allowed, 11 hits, 16 strikeouts and only one walk.Freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley, who will likely pitch the series finale on Sunday for USC, struggled with his command in the series finale against Akron, but has 16 strikeouts in his first two career starts and has dominated hitters at times.“We feel confident where we’re at, from a pitching standpoint,” Cruz said.The pitching will need to be sharp to contend with the Heels, who have failed to score double digits in just two of their seven games to start the year.In North Carolina’s most recent three-game series, against Wright State, the Tar Heels outscored their opponent 34-3 overall, including two shutouts to end the series.“I just hope we’re ready to go out there and compete like crazy,” Cruz said. “We’re going to need to compete or else we’ll be in trouble. But I don’t have any doubt that we’ll go out there and give it all we have.”Friday’s series opener is scheduled for a noon first pitch, with Saturday and Sunday’s games beginning at 11 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. Friday and Sunday’s game can both be seen on ESPN 3.last_img read more

PBSO deputies searching for missing, possibly endangered 12-year-old boy

first_imgAnyone with information about Andres’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at 561-688-3400 or 911. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a missing 12-year-old who was last seen Friday at 4:15 PM.Police say, 12-year-old Andres Miguens, is possibly endangered. He was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt, black basketball shorts, and black sneakers.last_img

Steelers need Ohio sweep to stay on top AFC North

first_imgThe Steelers (9-3) put together one of its best overall games of the season and possibly its best offensive half to defeat their arch rival Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) 35-7 to stay on top of the AFC North and keep pace with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and Baltimore Ravens with the best record in the AFC. This will be a short week for the Steelers, as they must take on division rival Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Cleveland is the only team in the AFC North not battling for a playoff berth as they fell to 4-8 after losing to the Ravens last week 24-10. The defense once again showed why they are one of the two best in the NFL, as they forced turnovers by the Bengals and took advantage of them all. They stopped the running game making Cedric Benson a non factor, which put more pressure on rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and his crew of young receivers to make plays. But the defense responded by holding him in check as well. However the Steelers offense stole the show with a performance as good as it was bad last week versus the Kansas City Chiefs, putting 35 points on the board, 28 in the second quarter, their best performance since the 38-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.They were impressive in every phase of the game. Rashard Mendenhall had 60 yards on 16 carries and 2 touchdowns, while Isaac Redman gave them the tough hard fought yardage with 51 yards on 8 carries. This kept the defense honest and confused as Ben Roethlisberger probably had his best game, even though his numbers weren’t as impressive. He was 15 of 23 for 176 yards and three touchdowns. The difference was the team’s effectiveness in the red zone; scoring all four times they got there, with Mike Wallace joining Mendenhall in the fun with two also on just 3 catches for 38 yards. Antonio Brown not only had a good game as a receiver with 2 catches for 67 yards but scored his first touchdown as a punt returner as he jetted past Bengals defenders for a 60 yard touchdown that pretty much put the game away.“The guys made plays,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said of his special teams. “We’ve gotten solid contributions from that group. They take a great deal of pride in what they do. They are a legitimate phase of our team, and we appreciate their efforts.”Thrust into the role of contender, the Bengals wilted in the spotlight, reverting back to the kind of mistakes they’ve avoided while rebuilding on the fly behind the tandem of Andy Dalton and A. J. Green. Cincinnati committed 10 penalties for 109 yards and offered little resistance to lose for the third time in four games.“They beat us in every area today—beat us on offense, beat us on defense, beat us in special teams,” Coach Marvin Lewis said after the game.Roethlisberger, who aggravated his injured thumb in practice during the week, overcame a slow start to lead the Steelers to their best scoring quarter in his career with 28 points. His final completion, a 9-yard toss to tight end David Johnson in the fourth quarter, was the 2,026th of his career, breaking Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw’s club record.Mendenhall tied Steelers legend Franco Harris for the most rushing touchdowns in his first four years in franchise history with 28.Hines Ward became the 19th player in NFL history to eclipse 12,000 career yards while James Harrison joined Chad Brown and Mike Merriweather as the only players in team history to record at least two three-sack games in the same season. Ward needs just 10 catches to reach 1,000 for his career.“It was great to get the win in our place,” said Tomlin.It was a very necessary AFC North winning performance by our guys. I loved the energy of the group in all three phases.”Ray Rice rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 29 carries, breaking loose on a game-changing 67-yarder in the third quarter, and the Ravens kept pace with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North by pounding Cleveland. Cleveland lost for the fifth time in six games, and the banged-up Browns have just three days to prepare for the Steelers.The Steelers’ 8:20 p.m. game Thursday night will be shown on NFL Network and locally on KDKA. TIES FRANCO—Rashard Mendenhall (34) runs through the Bengals defense, Dec. 4. Mendenhall had 60 yards on 16 carries and 2 touchdowns tying Steelers legend Franco Harris for the most rushing touchdowns in his first four years with 28. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol) last_img read more

Redknapp eyes new signings after QPR’s latest defeat

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp reiterated his determination to sign new players following the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.Rangers were toothless and their loss means they will complete 2012 without an away victory.And Redknapp said: “We will try to improve in the window to give ourselves half a chance. We need one or two extra options, like Newcastle had today.“They could bring a couple of forwards on to freshen it up but we couldn’t do that. We are desperately short of one or two bodies.”More reaction to follow later. See also:Fernandes must ‘bite the bullet’ and spend more, says RedknappRangers beaten by late Ameobi 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-13] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lumberjacks football anounces spring schedule

first_imgWhile the Humboldt State administration continues its search for a full-time head coach, the football team continues to forge ahead with the offseason work.This week, the Jacks released details of the upcoming spring schedule, including the annual Green and Gold Scrimmage, which will take place on April 21 at the Redwood Bowl.“The time has finally come to put the winter in the past and focus on the spring,” said interim head coach Damaro Wheeler. “It’s exciting to finally get back on the …last_img read more

A’s bench could play big role in wild-card game vs Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — The A’s group of back-ups aren’t your normal bench players who get into a game once or twice per week. They’ve been just as responsible for this year’s playoff run as the starters, and they’ll get plenty of chances against the Yankees.The outfield bench duo of Mark Canha and Chad Pinder combined to club 30 homers this season, and the only reason the right-handed hitting Canha is not starting Wednesday night is because the Yankees will start a right-hander of their own in Luis …last_img read more