Archive for January 1st, 2008
Burma: Three months of quiet repression, arrests, censorship and propaganda
The military government has constantly hounded Burma’s journalists during the three months that have gone by since 27 September 2007, the day that Japanese video reporter Kenji Nagai was murdered by a soldier in Rangoon, report RSF and the Burma Media Association.
The police and army continue to hunt for journalists and activists who photographed and filmed the crackdown on the pro-democracy demonstrations. At least nine have had to flee to Thailand. The privately-owned media have resumed publishing but the Censorship Board has stepped up its control.
“The impression that things are back to normal is false,” the two organisations said. “The security services are still looking for the underground journalists who let the world know about the violence against monks and pro-democracy activists. We call for an end to the intimidation of the press and for the release of the six journalists currently held. The international community must find a way to get UN special rapporteur Sergio Pinheiro’s recommendations implemented.”
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Burma on 14 December that calls on the government to guarantee the freedom of the independent media. An RSF representative addressed the council, calling for the release of Burma’s journalists and an end to the censorship.
Ko Aung Gyi, the former editor of the sports magazine “90 Minutes”, is one of the latest journalists to be detained. It is not known why he was arrested in Rangoon. Two other former journalists, Ko Win Maw and Ko Aung Aung, have also been arrested without being charged. At least 15 other journalists have been arrested since September and then released. The six currently in prison include Win Tin, a prominent journalist held since July 1989.
People who have been arrested and then released say the police ask everyone for the names of the “cameramen,” meaning the journalists who work clandestinely for foreign news media or Democratic Voice of Burma, an exile radio and TV station based in Oslo. Many photographers and cameramen who contributed to exile media have stopped working altogether for fear of being identified and some have even thrown away their equipment.
The Union Solidarity anda Development Association (USDA), a pro-government militia, continues to be hostile towards journalists. “The Myanmar Nation” photographer Aung Khine Nyunt was beaten by thugs believed to be USDA members while taking photos of a march on 21 October. In all, about 10 journalists were beaten or roughed up during the demonstrations.
At least nine Burmese journalists have fled the country because of the repression, and have sought refuge in Thailand. Most of them left the capital during the first wave of arrests at the end of September.
The Censorship Board has had no qualms about asserting itself. The weekly “News Watch” was banned for a week in mid-November after proposing the publication of photos that displeased the military. The military censors have even forced editors to resign. In early December, the authorities punished the magazine “Action” for failing to withdraw articles censored by the government. A censorship official publicly criticised “Action” for not being “constructive.”
The newspaper “Middle Line” also got into trouble. It was suspended after its editor, Oo Swe, complained that some media were getting favourable treatment from the censors, according to the exile magazine and website “Irrawaddy”.
To prevent Burmese from seeing reports and pictures of the crackdown in September, the military government has controlled the sale of foreign publications very strictly since mid-October. The magazines “Time” and “Newsweek” and Thai newspapers have not been seen in newsstands for the past few weeks. The Internet has been restored but surveillance has been stepped up in Internet cafés. For fear of reprisals, many Internet café owners have removed the programmes from their computers that allowed users to circumvent the government’s filters.
Around 10 journalists suspected of sympathizing with the pro-democracy protests have been banned from being published or interviewed. They include sports reporter Zaw Thet Htwe, cartoonist Au Pi Kyee and writer Pe Myint. The censorship is not limited to political topics. The military government, for example, banned coverage of a new outbreak of bird flu on 20 October, although the outbreak was announced by the government agency responsible for dealing with it.
Anyone who criticises the government can be the target of repression. This is why the authorities banned a video of a show by the comic troupe “Say Young Sone.” According to Democratic Voice of Burma, which decided to televise it, the DVD is selling very well on the streets of Rangoon. Similarly, a spokesman for the Zantila Rama monastery was sentenced to two years in prison in December for complaining that military personnel stole money during a search. Democratic Voice of Burma said he was found guilty of defamation. A Burmese rapper was arrested in November for paying tribute to the monks at a concert. And “Irrawaddy” reported in early November that Tin Yu, a resident of a Rangoon suburb, was arrested for “talking to foreign media.”
The government media continue to pump out their propaganda, putting all of the activities of the military government’s leaders on the front page. The government’s TV stations have on several occasions vilified the reporting of the foreign media, such as the BBC, RFA and VOA, accusing them of trying to “destabilise” Burma. The government media have been ordered to praise the return to normality and the country’s economic progress. At the end of November, the USDA militia announced the launch of a new daily newspaper to reinforce the public’s support for the regime.
Finally, many Rangoon-based journalists have criticised Myat Khaine, the editor of the weekly “Snap Shot”, for voluntarily giving the information ministry photos of protesters.
Français: Rapport Capsule: Trois mois de répression silencieuse: censure, propagande et détentions
Source URL: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00009.htm
Rome’s mayor Walter Veltroni unrolls a poster of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to mark her 61st birthday. The pro-democracy leader has spent 10 of the last 16 years under house arrest.
Photo source : BBC
VOA (Burmese) ၂၀၀၈ ဇန္န၀ါ၇ီ (၁)ရက္ေန႔ သတင္း
ကမၻာလွည့္ခရီးသည္ေတြနဲ႔ အၿမဲစည္ကားေနတဲ့ အီတလီႏုိင္ငံ ေရာမၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ ခန္းမႀကီးရဲ႕ ေရွ႕မွာ အဖမ္းခံထားရတဲ့ ျမန္မာ့ဒီမိုကေရစီ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္နဲ႔ သမၼတေလာင္း၀င္ၿပိဳင္ဖို႔ စည္း႐ုံးေရးဆင္းေနတုန္း ကြန္ျမဴနစ္သူပုန္ေတြ ျပန္ေပးဆြဲသြားတာကို ခံခဲ့ရတဲ့ ကိုလံဘီယာႏုိင္ငံက အမ်ဳိးသမီး ႏုိင္ငံေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္ Ingrid Betancourt တုိ႔ရဲ႕ ဓာတ္ပုံႀကီးကို ပူးတြဲ ခ်ိတ္ဆြဲထားပါတယ္။ အေၾကာင္းစုံကို ဥေရာပ ဗြီအိုေအ ျမန္မာပုိင္း သတင္းေထာက္ မသင္းသီရိကို ကုိေက်ာ္ေအာင္လြင္က ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္း တင္ျပထားပါတယ္။
RFA (Burmese) ၂၀၀၇ ဒီဇင္ဘာ (၃၁)ရက္ေန႔ သတင္း
ေနအိမ္အက်ယ္ခ်ဳပ္ ထိန္းသိမ္းခံထားရတဲ့ ျမန္မာ့ ဒီမုိကေရစီ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္နဲ႔ ကုိလံဘီယာႏုိင္ငံမွာ ျပန္ေပးဆြဲ ထိန္းသိမ္းခံထားရတဲ့ သမၼတေလာင္း အမ်ိဳးသမီး မစၥက္ ဘက္တန္ကုတ္တုိ႔ လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရးအတြက္ အီတလီႏုိင္ငံ ေရာမၿမိဳ႔မွာ တနဂၤေႏြေန႔က လႈပ္ရွားမႈတခု ျပဳလုပ္္ခဲ့ပါတယ္၊၊
03 January 2008
ကမၻာလွည့္ခရီးသည္ေတြနဲ႔ အၿမဲစည္ကားေနတဲ့ အီတလီ ႏုိင္ငံ ေရာမၿမိဳ႕ရဲ႕ ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ခန္းမေရွ႕ မွာေတာ့ အခုအခ်ိန္ အထိ အဖမ္းခံေနရတုန္းျဖစ္တဲ့ ျမန္မာ့ဒီမုိကေရစီ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္နဲ႔ ကုိလံဘီယာ ႏုိင္ငံက သမတေလာင္း ၀င္ၿပိဳင္ဖုိ႔ စည္းရံုးေရး ဆင္းေနတုန္း ကြန္ျမဴနစ္ သူပုန္ေတြက ျပန္ေပးဆဲြတာကို ခံခဲ့ရတဲ့ အင္းဒရစ္ ဘန္တန္ေကာ့တုိ႔ရဲ႕ ဂရုဏာသက္ဖြယ္ ေကာင္းတဲ့ ဓာတ္ပံုပုိစတာႀကီးတခုကို ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၃၀ရက္ တနဂၤေႏြေန႔မွာ ခ်ိတ္ဆဲြထားတာ ကို ေတြ႔ရပါတယ္။
ႏုိင္ငံေရး ယံုၾကည္ခ်က္ေၾကာင့္ မိမိရဲ႕ ကိုယ္ပိုင္ လြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ကို ပိတ္ပင္ခံေနရတဲ့ သူေတြကို ဂုဏ္ျပဳတဲ့ အထိန္းအမွတ္နဲ႔ ေရာမၿမိဳ႕ရဲ႕ ၿမိဳ႕၀န္ Walter Veltroni က အဲဒီပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြရဲ႕ ဓာတ္ပံုပိုစတာေတြကို ခ်ိတ္ဆဲြလာတာ အခုဆုိရင္ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ေတာ္ေတာ္ၾကာခဲ့ပါၿပီ။
အရင္ႏွစ္ေတြကဆုိ ျပန္ေပးဆြဲခံထားရတဲ့ သတင္းသမား ဂ်ဴလီယာနား ဆာရီနာ (Giuliana Sgrena) နဲ႔ ဒန္နီယယ္ မာစတိုဂ်ီယာကုိမုိ(Daniele Mastrogiacomo) တို႔လုိ၊ ကူညီေထာက္ပံ့ေရး လုပ္သားေတြ ျဖစ္တဲ့ ဆုိင္မုိနာ ပါရီ(Simona Pari)နဲ႔ ဆုိင္မုိနာ တုိရက္တာ(Simona Torretta)တုိ႔ရဲ႕ ပံုေတြကို ခ်ိတ္ဆဲြခဲ့ပါတယ္။
“အခုခ်ိန္ဟာ အမ်ိဳးသမီးေတြအတြက္ အလြန္ကို ေၾကကဲြစရာေကာင္းတဲ့အခ်ိန္ပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဘနာဇီယာ ဘူတုိရဲ႕အျဖစ္ဟာ သိပ္ကုိ စိုးရြားတဲ့ ကိစၥျဖစ္ေစခဲ့ပါတယ္။ သူတို႔ဟာ တကယ္ပဲ စစ္မွန္ခုိင္မာတဲ့ ပုဂိၢဳလ္ေတြပါ။ တခ်ိန္ထဲမွာပဲ သူတို႔ေတြဟာ ထိခုိက္ဖုိ႔လြယ္တဲ့ သူေတြလည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္လုိ႔ ေရာမၿမိဳ႔သားတစ္ဦးက ေျပာသြားခဲ့တာပါ။
ဇန္န၀ါရီလ ၁ရက္ေန႔မွာလည္း အီတလီႏုိင္ငံရဲ႕ ကမၻာေက်ာ္ ေရွးေဟာင္းၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ တခုျဖစ္တဲ့ ပီဇာ ၿမိဳ႕က ေမွ်ာ္စဥ္ႀကီးမွာ ပီဇာၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္၀န္က ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ရဲ႕ ဓာတ္ပံုပိုစတာကို ဂုဏ္ျပဳခ်ိတ္ဆဲြထားပါတယ္။
ၿပီခဲ့တဲ့ ဒီဇင္ဘာလကုန္ ပိုင္းကလည္း အီတလီႏုိင္ငံရဲ႔ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးနဲ႔ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ဆုိင္ရာ ဂုဏ္ထူးေဆာင္ဘဲြ႔အျဖစ္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို ခ်ီးျမင့္ခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။
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Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
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