Information ministry asked to explain why website was closed without going to court

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News News May 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the sudden closure of the political news magazine Fah Diew Kan’s website (, which has been accused by the information ministry of lese majeste.“This closure is an example of the most direct form censorship,” the press freedom organisation said. “This was a case for the courts to resolve. What have the authorities got against this website? Provocative comments were posted on it but that was no reason to close it down. We call on the information ministry to explain to us why this was done and we point out that article 39 of the Thai constitution guarantees freedom of expression.”Fah Diew Kan’s website allowed visitors to comment on articles published in the magazine, which were often critical of the monarchy. Editor Thanapol Eawsakul said it was “one of the only websites to post this kind of comment.”The site’s ISP, Otaro Co, wrote to Thanapol on 4 January saying it would have to be closed the next day because hosting such a site was dangerous for both the company and the other websites it hosted.Fah Diew Kan was prosecuted under the 1944 Press Act for “public disorder” and violating “moral standards” in 2006 and since then it has often been ordered to withdraw comments posted on the site. Thanapol had appealed and court proceedings are still pending.This website’s closure is considered is Thailand as an illegal act of “cyber-terrorism” for the fact that a publication’s editor can be held responsible for comments posted on its website.Online free expression in Thailand was considerably curtailed by a cyber-crime law that took effect on 18 July 2007. ISPs are required to keep user’s personal data for 90 days, during which time it can be examined by the authorities without any control by the courts. A blogger known by the pseudonym of Praya Pichai faced a possible 10-year prison sentence under the law last September and is to remain under surveillance for the next 10 years. to go further ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Thailand January 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information ministry asked to explain why website was closed without going to court Receive email alerts News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation News June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Damp squib

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Print Facebook Linkedin NewsLocal NewsDamp squibBy Alan Jacques – May 8, 2015 577 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsAppcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RESPONDING to the Government’s Spring statement Limerick Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan said that while the Government heralded it as an important new event on a par with a budget, in reality it was a damp squib with no new important measures just the promise of jam tomorrow – which is basically a suggestion of tax cuts mainly for high earners. “There is less spin in my washing machine and although we are seeing a recovery, growth it is very weak coming out of such a long and deep recession,” he said. Previous articleJazz Workshop’s Sunday matinée gigNext article#music Limerick show for Don McLean Alan Jacques Email Twitter TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanlimerickSinn Fein last_img read more


first_imgDear Editor,A Food Standards Agency study, published last week, stated that there was little to no nutritional difference between organic and non-organic produce. Leaving aside the arguments for and against the study, we would like to focus on two overlooked aspects. For us at least, the major benefits of organic are not in comparing what is in organic food (nutritional values), but rather what is not in organic food – pesticide residues, chemicals, e-numbers, artificial colourings etc. The evidence here is pretty much pro-organic.Secondly, as a dedicated organic wholesale bakery, in business for 10 years, we have to adhere to a strict list of what natural, organic ingredients we are permitted to use. Our recipes are uncomplicated; they are the same that have been used for hundreds of years – flour, egg, milk, butter, raising agent – mix, into the oven, done. But we were unable to achieve the same results by automating our process as we do in hand-baking; the machines could not handle the consistency of our organic batters.Customers choose organic products for different reasons, such as taste, quality standards or perceived benefits. We stand by their right to do so.Lise Madsen, MD and founder,Honeyrose Bakerylast_img read more

International Crop Breeders

first_imgWhen breeding a new crop variety, plant breeders often have to collect data from dozens or hundreds of seedlings to determine which plants have the traits they are looking for.Crunching all that data can be complicated, but new bioinfomatics systems, which track traits and make projections on future plant peformance can make the process quicker, less expensive and more productive.Late last month the the Feed the Future Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted a workshop on one of these systems with the developers of the Breeding Management System. Fifteen breeders working with a variety of crops including peanut, millet, soybean, cacao and watermelon attended the workshop.The Breeding Management System (BMS) is a software suite designed by scientistis to increase the efficiency of plant breeding by reducing the time and cost needed to develop improved cultivars. It combines data management, analysis and decision-support tools that accommodate common breeding schemes, from conventional breeding through increasing levels of marker use.Breeding management programs are the next step in advancing genomics research in the next decade according to Peggy Ozias-Akins, who helped to organize and attended the BMS training.Ozias-Akins, a lead scientist for the PMIL Plant Genomics project, works on the International Peanut Genome Initiative and is director of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics.“Breeding advances will have a large impact on crop production over the next few decades and will be essential to feed a growing population with limited impact on the environment,” said Ozias-Akins.The BMS software is the centerpiece of the Integrated Breeding Platform, which provides other products for researchers such as diagnostic markers, germplasm and trait dictionaries, genotyping services, educational resources and various online communities for plant breeder discussions.“The (platform) provides a one-stop-shop for many of the analytic and data management tools required for breeding,” said Dave Hoisington, Director of PMIL and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Integrated Breeding Platform.The software was developed through the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, a global consortium of 15 agricultural research centers, thousands of scientists, and hundreds of partners, carries out research programs in 96 countries in pursuit of the scientific, policy and technological advances needed to overcome such complex challenges as climate change, water scarcity, land degradationand chronic malnutrition.The software and its annsilaries were first developed through an initiative of the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme. The concept for the Integrated Breeding Platform is to support the optimisation of plant breeding programmes by disseminating knowledge and providing broad access to breeding technology and best practices, particularly for breeders working in developing countries.“The management of information is a critical component for an efficient and successful breeding program. This is especially true with the massive amount of genomic data that is being utilized by many breeding programs,” said Hoisington.Tuesday began with an open presentation and overview of the platform, followed by a demonstration conducted by Integrated Breeding Platform trainers Shawn Yarnes and Mark Sawkins.On Wednesday and Thursday, the focus shifted to hands-on individual instructions for selected breeders, who received information on how to load their data into the system and use it in their own particular breeding programs.The training will allow the breeders to fully incorporate the software into their current programs this year.PMIL scientists plan to provide more training opportunities to even more plant researchers in the coming years.“Ultimately, PMIL and the (Integrated Breeding Platform) are interested in providing similar training to our partners in developing countries,” said Hoisington.last_img read more

NYPD Officer from Baldwin Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An off-duty New York City police officer from Baldwin was killed in a motorycle crash in Brooklyn this week.The NYPD said Officer Royston Ferguson, 35, was riding a Ducati southbound on Rockaway Parkway when he crashed into a Kia Sorrento that was making a U-turn across the double yellow lines between Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.Officers who responded to the scene found Ferguson, who was ejected from the motorcycle, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the roadway. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, was taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain. Two 3-year-old boys riding in her backseat were not injured.NYPD’s Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation, but the driver was not charged.Ferguson, who was assigned to the patrol borough Brooklyn north command, would have celebrated his 10th year on the force in July.last_img read more