New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Press freedom was one of the campaign themes of Malaysia’s new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, the unexpected winner of the 9 May general election, but he has already backed away from some of his promises in the past few days. In this open letter, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds him of his pledges and of the importance of press freedom in Malaysia. February 22, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Blok Utama, Bangunan Perdana PutraPusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan62502 PUTRAJAYADear Prime Minister, On 9 May, you led the opposition to an election victory for the first time in independent Malaysia’s history. You thereby represent the hope of a new Malaysia, which continues to be ranked no better than 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.In the manifesto of the Pakatan Harapan opposition coalition, which you joined in 2016, you pledged that your government would guarantee press freedom. And you reiterated this promise in your statements during the election campaign.You undertook to repeal all the draconian laws that have imposed a climate of oppression and self-censorship within the media for decades: the 1984 Printing Presses and Publications Act, the 1948 Sedition Act and the 2016 National Security Council Act, as well as the provisions of the 1998 Communications and Multimedia Act and the 2012 Security Offences (Special Measures) Act that restrict press freedom.When Parliament adopted the so-called “Anti-fake news Act,” under which “news, information, data and reports” about Malaysia and its citizens that are “wholly or partly false” are punishable by up to six years in prison or a fine of 500,000 ringgits (105,000 euros) or both, you criticized this new law at a press conference and said you would repeal it as well.You also undertook to create an independent media regulatory body and to ensure that the government would no longer be able to influence and manipulate the public broadcaster RTM and the government news agency Bernama.Now that you head the Malaysian government, as its prime minister, you have a duty to keep your promises and to respect the undertakings you gave to guarantee freedom of the press.However, your government still in formation, you went back on your campaign promises. Although you were yourself one of the first victims of the anti-fake news act, you announced a few days ago that it would no longer be repealed. Despite protests from journalists and representatives of parties in your alliance, you said that it would instead be amended in order to define the concept of false information more clearly. You also said that “there are limits” to press freedom like everything else.We are extremely disturbed by this turnaround.During the 22 years that you were the UMNO’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003, RSF had to condemn the way you persecuted all dissent. You ordered the closure of newspapers, imprisoned your critics, including journalists, harassed independent media outlets and used the Internal Security Act to force the media to censor themselves. As you begin a new term as prime minister after remarkable elections, RSF will be paying close attention to the fate of the promises you gave to guarantee freedom of the press. We hope that your return to office will mark an end to the reign of self-censorship and an end to persecution of the media and the freedom to inform in Malaysia.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireSecretary-General Follow the news on Malaysia After the opposition’s historic victory in the 9 May parliamentary elections, Mahathir Mohamad is Malaysia’s new prime minister (photo: Manan Vatsyayana / AFP). to go further Receive email alerts Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expression RSF_en MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expression March 17, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 17, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF reminds Malaysia’s new premier of his press freedom pledges News Tun Dr. Mahathir bin MohamadPerdana Menteri MalaysiaPejabat Perdana Menteri January 29, 2021 Find out more
With rumors running rampant, Guns N’ Roses have all but confirmed a major US tour for their reunion. Already scheduled to perform at Coachella and a handful of other gigs, the band released a promotional video listing a number of US cities. Naturally, the video was set to the tune of the band’s hit song, “Patience.”You can watch the video below:The cities listed include:Atlanta, GABoston, MAChicago, ILCincinnati, OHDallas, TXDetroit, MIHouston, TXKansas City, MONashville, TNNew Orleans, LANew YorkOrlando, FLPhiladelphia, PAPhoenix, AZPittsburgh, PASan Diego, CASan Francisco, CASeattle, WASt Louis, MOToronto, OntarioWashington, D.C.So far the band has six dates on the schedule, including two nights in Las Vegas, NV, back to back weekends at Coachella, and an additional two-night stand in Mexico City, MX. Check out the full dates below:Guns N’ Roses Tour Dates4-08: Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena4-09: Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena4-16: Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival4-19-20: Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol4-23: Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Personal Data Protection Agency (AZOP) and other partners, organizes a cycle of trainings to support companies in the tourism sector in the process of complying with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).Trainings will be held in the following cities:Pula, Thursday, March 22, at 13 p.m. in the Great Hall of the County Chamber in Pula (Carrarina 5),Rijeka, Friday, March 23, at 10 p.m. in the Rijeka County Chamber, at the address Bulevar oslobođenja 23 (large hall on the ground floor),Šibenik, on Wednesday, March 28, at 10 am in the City Library of Juraj Šižgorić, at the address Poljana 6,Split, on Tuesday, March 27, at 10 p.m. in the Split County Chamber, at the address Obala Ante Trumbića 4Zadar, date, program and applications available soon HERE. Contact: Maša Jurin [email protected], 023 / 643-194Dubrovnik, date, program and applications available soon HERE. Contact: Nikolina Trojić [email protected], 020 / 312-093From the Croatian Chamber of Commerce point out that all interested tourist companies applications We online form or to the contact mail, because applications will be accepted in the order of receipt, ie until the capacity of the hall is filled (one participant per company).
..teams looking for semi-final spotsTHE reward of booking a place in the final four is at stake in tonight’s double- header when the quarter- finals of the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship commences at the Tucville ground in the City.In a Georgetown versus West Demerara faceoff, Santos FC will open against Pouderoyen at 18:00hrs,to be followed by the feature clash between Western Tigers and Uitvlugt Warriors.All four teams on show tonight will fancy their chances of advancing to the cash leg of the competition which has prizes of 2M, 1M, $500,000 and $300,000 at stake for the first to fourth placed teams.Western Tigers , who dished out a thumping 8-0 win over fellow City side Flamingo at the same venue on December 18th in their round-of-16 clash,will find Uitvlugt Warriors, the top side in the West Demerara FA,much more formidable opponents.Uitvlugt earned their date with the Tigers owing to a 3-0 win from the penalty mark over another City team, Northern Rangers; that match was played at the Leonora Track and Field Football Field on December 21st.The Warriors did not look their potent self against the Rangers and this would give the Tigers some level of confidence.However, the City side should not take that for granted as this is another day and a different scenario.The top West Demerara side will hope, under the Guidance of former national defender Orville Bobb who is Head Coach to see their players firing against the pride of West Riumveldt. To this end, the experienced Lerone Jacobs will have to turn up today if he is to make his years of experience count in securing a win for his team.Jacobs’ supporting cast will also have to bring their A game to the Tucville arena; the Duke brothers, Keyon and Kevin, Jamal Petty, Carisle Carryol, Alex Moore, Denzil Smith, Daniel Floyd, Jermaine Accra, Ryan Andrews, Kevin Fraser along with their last line of defence, goalkeepers, Travis Fraser and Shawn Browel.Western Tigers on the other hand will start with home advantage apart from playing on a turf that has brought great rewards for them over the years. Randolph Wagner, who led them with a brace in their rampant win over Flamingo will be aiming once again to lead from the front.He would fine able support in the form of Rensford Colridge, Shamar Wilson, Darren Benjamin, Anthony Sancho, Andre Webber and Dwayne Mc Lennon who were all on the score sheet in that win.While the Tigers would be tipped to win, time will tell who would book the second semi final spot as the winner of the opening salvo between Santos and Pouderoyen would have taken the first.This match too is anticipated to be a stern tester for both teams with a place in the final four being a huge motivating factor.Pouderoyen had clawed their way back from being a goal down to defeat Mahaica Determinators at Leonora and will have to replicate and even improve that performance if they are to get past Santos tonight.Pouderoyen’s Kiode King and Esan Nelson were the men who orchestrated the win over Mahaica and would be hoping for another good day at the park for their team. Backing up would be the Harding brothers, Anthony and Ashley, Dwayne St. Kitts, Morgan Denny, Kayode King, Marvin Frank, Denzil Boyce, Quessey Alleyne, Esan Nelson and custodian Sherwin Bernard.Santos too would be harbouring ambitious thoughts of a place in the final four. Like the Tigers, they would start with the advantage of playing at the Tucville ground on numerous occasions and can easily call this venue, home.Keith Cains and teammate Orin Yard had each blasted the nets twice in their 4-0 victory over Herstelling Raiders on December 18th and will more than likely be hunting another such performance.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.- It was a night full of anticipation, fun, and giving back, as local first responders and service men and women took a moment out of their busy schedules to help kids shop for their families. Each child received a $100 gift card to explore the store for as long as they wanted. Each holiday season, Meijer hosts more than 100 “Shop with a Hero” events, which pair children in need with area law enforcement personnel to shop for holiday gifts.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Tips on avoiding heating fires this winterNext Alpena’s Bagley street bridge will get rehabilitated