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Health of renowned journalist U Win Tin deteriorating after 19 years in jail

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first_img News MyanmarAsia – Pacific June 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Health of renowned journalist U Win Tin deteriorating after 19 years in jail May 31, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders today voiced its relief at the news that Win Tin, the renowned 79-year-old journalist who has been held for nearly 20 years in Insein prison, has been able to receive treatment at Rangoon general hospital. A friend who visits him every two weeks said he had been suffering from bronchitis.Reporters Without Borders continues to call for the release of Win Tin who has been in jail since 4 July 1989 and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for “anti-government propaganda”. —————–Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association (BMA) today called for the immediate release from prison of celebrated journalist U Win Tin whose health has deteriorated badly in the past few days.The 78-year-old is suffering from lung problems with severe asthmatic attacks which prevent him from sleeping and eating properly. A relative who visited him two days ago found him thin and weak.“It will be exactly 19 years on 4 July since Burma’s military arrested Win Tin. The government, which has a responsibility to protect the life of its citizens, should now release him”, the worldwide press freedom organisation and the BMA said. “He should be moved to a hospital as quickly as possible”.At least ten journalists and one blogger are currently in prison in Burma.The military junta has never kept a promise it made to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that Win Tin would benefit from an early release. The director general of prisons and the governor of Insein jail have since 2007 refused to accord him this right under the law, because he had never worked during his imprisonment.Win Tin had refused on the grounds that as a political prisoner he could not be forced to work during his detention.Win Tin was sentenced to 20 years in jail, chiefly on a charge of making “anti-government propaganda”. He has not been allowed any further visits from ICRC representatives since 2006.Even if his renown has meant he has been better treated than most prisoners of conscience, his health has slowly worsened. He has had heart problems on several occasions and has high blood pressure. Win Tin had an operation for a very painful hernia in January this year. He was sent back to his special cell at Insein jail after a few days of convalescence and treatment. center_img Follow the news on Myanmar RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Help by sharing this information Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en last_img read more

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“Internet regulation should not curtail freedom of expression”

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first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more News News We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our letter.Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardReporters Without Borders secretary-generalЧитать по русски : Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders wrote today to all the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – voicing concern about a framework law on Internet regulation that the CIS adopted on 16 May. It contains several repressive provisions and, although not binding, it is intended to serve as guidelines for legislation in individual CIS member states.—-Dear Prime Minister,The press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to Framework Law No. 36-9 “On the Bases of Internet Regulation,” which was adopted by the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States on 16 May 2011 in the presence of a delegation from your country.Although not binding, this law’s 13 articles are intended to serve as a reference for legislation by CIS member countries. However, the implementation of some of this law’s articles would dangerously contradict the principles of online free expression and Net Neutrality by encouraging member states to exercise excessive control over what is a privileged space for exchanging information.Article 9, about “international cooperation in the domain of Internet regulation,” promotes a dangerous degree of state intervention at the expense of Internet self-regulation. It stipulates that state control over Internet content and users should be reinforced by the creation of various state agencies.Subsection 2 refers to a body empowered by the authorities to defend the state’s interests over the Internet.” Subsection 3 refers to an agency with the job of registering national domain IP addresses. It would have the power to cancel second-level domain names and therefore to close platforms such as LiveJournal in cases in which the country’s law is broken or in cases of “threats to public order in other countries.” The implementation of this provision would help to divide theInternet into national segments in direct violation of the principle of Net Neutrality, which bans any discrimination as regards network access.Article 13 is also a source of much concern because it makes it obligatory for Internet access providers to keep user data for at least a year and make it available to the judicial authorities and law-enforcement agencies. The scope of this measure, above all, the nature of the data being retained, must be clearly defined in order to reassure users that their personal data is not being misused by the authorities and to ensure that the length of time it is being retained is notexcessive. The Internet should not be used as a space for monitoring and controlling citizens, who have a right to privacy.We urge your government to take note of these various issues. Internet regulation should not be imposed at the expense of freedom of expression, which is enshrined in international conventions ratified by your country. In a joint declaration on 1 June 2011, the United Nations and the OSCE stressed that, “Restrictions on freedom of expression on the Internet are only acceptable if theycomply with established international standards.”You are bound by this declaration, which contains guidelines that would be a much better source of inspiration for your country’s legislators than Framework Law No. 36-9. It stressed that freedom of expression applies to the Internet as well, and that states have an obligation to promote universal Internet access. We urge you to enshrine Internet access as a fundamental right in yourConstitution. Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Internet regulation should not curtail freedom of expression” RSF_en center_img June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News Europe – Central Asia News to go further Related documents prramochnyj_zakon.doc_2_.pdfPDF – 102.89 KB Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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