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RSF accuses government of endangering general interest

first_img February 18, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF accuses government of endangering general interest Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific RSF supports the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Gerakan Media Marah (the Angry Media Movement), an informal coalition of journalists, and their condemnation of a proposed amendment to the 1972 Official Secrets Act – which would penalize whistleblowers and the use by journalists of anonymous sources – as an act of “flagrant intimidation.”Under the amendment, journalists could be prosecuted for refusing to name the source of their information and maximum penalties would be increased to life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the cane. As things stand, the penalty for divulging official secrets is one to seven years in prison. In an article in the Chinese-language newspaper Sin Chew Daily, attorney general Mohamed Apandi said the amendment was needed because of a significant increase in leaks of government secrets. Anticipating objections, he added that, “those who claim journalistic ethics to protect their sources could be considered as collaborators with potential saboteurs, and that this practice would endanger the country’s security.”“The reprisals against investigative journalists, the increase in censorship in recent months and now the proposed amendment designed to persecute whistleblowers and journalists clearly show that the government has taken the authoritarian road,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“The government needs to realize that it is Prime Minister Najib Razak’s policy of censoring and suppressing information, and its political and economic consequences, that are endangering the general interest, and not the corruption revelations.”Corruption, censorship and witchhunt against whistleblowersThe past eight months have been marked by political and financial scandals involving leading members of the private sector and government officials, including the prime minister.In July, the Wall Street Journal revealed details of a judicial investigation into allegations that a development fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had channelled money into the prime minister’s personal accounts. Sarawak Report, an English-language news website based in London, was blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on 20 July, a few days after it revealed the content of confidential emails obtained from an anonymous source that supported the corruption allegations.A warrant for Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown’s arrest on a charge of “activity detrimental to democracy” was issued on 4 August, five days after she posted secret documents showing that the attorney general had been fired because he had been preparing to bring corruption charges against the prime minister.Access to Medium.com, a news website that had been reposting Sarawak Report articles and thereby enabling Internet users in Malaysia to circumvent the blocking of the Sarawak Report website, was in turn blocked by certain Malaysian Internet operators on 22 January.Malaysian media outlets that followed these developments have also been targeted. Two publications that had been covering the investigation, The Edge Weekly and its sister, The Edge Financial Daily, were suspended by the interior ministry on 27 July for three months for coverage that was deemed to have been “prejudicial to public and national interest.” Four news blogs – Syedsoutsidethebox, Tabunginsider, Fotopages and Din Turtle – were blocked by the media regulator on 27 January. The authors of these blogs and their content (Tabunginsider’s is a whistleblower, Din Turtle’s is a well-known critic of the prime minister) are very different but they all irritated the government.Malaysia is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index. Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s decision, after a series of corruption scandals, to prioritize the intimidation of journalists and whistleblowers, who just do their duty to inform the public. Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts Organisation News News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Follow the news on Malaysia to go further February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Hot New Jewelry Trend: Cool Vintage Classics

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News A vintage Marquis cut diamond, yellow gold brooch and 14-karat gold cross circa 1890 available at Single Stone, Mission St., San Marino More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. Gorgeous model Noelle Reno talked to Vogue magazine recently about her absolute faith in the trend toward vintage looks.“Vintage is the best way to capture one’s own unique style,” Reno said. “The craftsmanship and authenticity of one-off items means you never chance anyone wearing the same item – so it’s the easiest way to make an outfit pop. Also it’s a long-term investment as key vintage items can be handed down and retains – or even increase – their value.”At Single Stone on San Marino’s Mission Street, where Reno’s words ring true as gold (and silver!), owner Corina Madilian stocks enchanting vintage pieces from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s.• Vintage Marquise cut diamond set in a Platinum vintage setting. Circa 1920.• 14kt yellow gold Victorian cross, with pearl accent on yellow gold filled chain. Circa 1890.• European cut diamond center with 0.95cttw of old European cut diamond accents set in a 14kt yellow gold vintage brooch. Circa 1930.The boutique invokes the comfortable and cozy atmosphere of a ladies lounge while showcasing some of the most eminent designers in contemporary jewelry.The boutique offers its own unique designs, while also carrying notable designers Temple St. Clair, Gurhan, Irene Neuwirth, Elena Votsi, and Stephanie Albertson.Single Stone on Mission Street is located at 2527 Mission Street. San Marino, call (626) 799-3109 or visit www.singlestonemissionstreet.com. Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Fashion & Style Hot New Jewelry Trend: Cool Vintage Classics By BRIAN CHANCE Published on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 3:57 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Make a commentlast_img read more

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