Both pro- and anti-government demonstrators threaten media

first_img Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts December 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Both pro- and anti-government demonstrators threaten media RSF_en August 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom ThailandAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more News Organisation The Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the News Broadcasting Council of Thailand issued a joint statement condemning the demonstrations as anti-democratic and as a threat to media freedom. The statement nonetheless acknowledged that the wave of anti-government protests had received little coverage since they began.At the same time, the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) warned that the opposition’s actions posed a threat to the independence of the media and journalists.Demonstrators nonetheless continued to target the media today. In the northern city of Chiang Mai, around 150 members of Rak Chiang Mai, a pro-government “Red Shirt” group, marched to the local Thai PBS branch and handed in a letter calling on it not to broadcast Suthep’s statements, which it said were illegal.Shortly before the march, a Rak Chiang Mai leader warned that the group’s members would set fire to any TV station continuing to Suthep’s statements.Thailand is ranked 135th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Credit photo : The Nation Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the harassment of TV stations by both pro- and anti-government demonstrators.“It is clear from the latest events that the demonstrators have not heeded our appeals and the appeals of Thai journalists’ associations to respect the media’s work,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Targeting TV stations and forcing them to broadcast messages of any nature is unacceptable. This is a real threat to media freedom and independence. As the physical attack on a German freelance journalist on 25 November showed, events can easily get out of hand in the current fraught climate.” Reporters Without Borders added: “Everyone has a duty to guarantee a safe environment for all the media, including those that are not independent.”Anti-government demonstrators stormed into six TV stations yesterday demanding that their statements be broadcast on the air and telling the stations not to report government information. In the course of the morning, activists managed to seize control of the Bangkok headquarters of public broadcaster Thai PBS and at the same time get control of its news coverage.The anti-government protesters entered NBT and Channel 11 in Bangkok at around 11 am. All TV stations except state-owned NBT were forced to carry a statement by opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban in a feed supplied by the opposition TV station Blue Sky.Under an accord with the demonstrators, Thai PBS broadcast the speech in a small window on its screen, and planned to provide equal time to government representatives.Blue Sky televised negotiations between Thai PBS and demonstrators in which an opposition representative said: “If you don’t follow our request, we will have to black out the station. We have to. That’s the only way. We can’t let it be any other way.” Suthep, for his part, said the TV stations had “cooperated” to relay the feed and had been “understanding.” News News to go further Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


Why consumer data privacy matters, and how credit unions can prepare for regulations

first_imgBy now you’ve probably heard of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), but if you’re not based in California, you may not be paying much attention… yet. Ben Herman, the CEO of MadFish Digital, joins us to talk about how the CCPA is setting a precedent for a wave of similar regulations that will keep growing in strength and complexity, much like ADA. He discusses the specific steps credit unions can take to be out in front of this trend, whether or not you’re based in California, and the ways in which COVID-19 has only heightened data privacy concerns.Remarkable Credit Union · Why Consumer Data Privacy Matters, and How Credit Unions Can Prepare for RegulationsKey takeawaysCCPA is a California law that impacts credit unions right now, assuming they have at least 50,000 visits a year (technically devices) from California. It is the first in a wave of similar regulations that will keep growing in strength and complexity, like ADA. Even if you don’t have a presence in California, it’s important to start preparing now to avoid getting caught flat-footed. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Robert Lewandowski eager to maintain goal-scoring run

first_img“It’s more important that we’ve won 5-0,” the Poland international said. “You always have to be thirsty for goals, and you have to be hungry to play better and achieve more. You can’t just think that you have achieved enough.”I always want more. No matter how many goals I have scored or will score, the most important thing always is that we as team pick up three points.”Lewandowski, who is averaging a goal every 22.5 minutes in his last three outings for Bayern, has picked up the baton from fellow Bayern attacker Thomas Muller.Muller had scored six goals in his opening four Bundesliga games as well as a brace in the 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos on Sept. 16, but he has not scored in his four appearances since.Referring to Lewandowski’s recent goal-scoring success, Muller joked: “Hebought my run off me!”He does a great job, and should he continue like that it’s just great for the team and the club. We have to continue to play him into positions. He’s certainly in good shape right now.” Muller has credited summer signing Douglas Costa for the Bayern attack’s impressive record this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Angels reportedly add pitcher Ross Stripling from Dodgers in Joc Pederson trade

first_imgSince then, he has become a swingman, shuttling between the Dodgers rotation and bullpen. In parts of four big-league seasons, he’s posted a 3.51 ERA over 387 innings, with 52 starts and 84 relief appearances.In 212 innings over the past two seasons, Stripling has struck out 9.7 batters per nine innings. He’s also been better than average at inducing ground balls, something the Angels value.Stripling has been on the injured list three times in the past two seasons, with right toe inflammation and lower back inflammation in 2018 and right biceps tendinitis last year. Stripling was out for about five weeks with the biceps issue last year.He returned to pitch 14 innings in September, striking out 17 and walking one in that span. He allowed four earned runs. He pitched just one inning in the Dodgers’ five-game division series loss to the Washington Nationals.Stripling is under control for three more seasons before free agency. He’ll make $2.1 million through an arbitration settlement in 2020. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A day after news broke that Angels were on the verge of acquiring another hitter for their stacked lineup, they are apparently also going to pick up a pitcher to bolster their rotation.Former All-Star Ross Stripling will come to the Angels, along with outfielder Joc Pederson, in exchange for infielder Luís Rengifo, according to multiple reports. There are expected to be other prospects on both sides of the deal, reportedly including Dodgers outfielder prospect Andy Pages.As of Wednesday night, neither team had confirmed any details of the trade, just as the Dodgers’ three-team deal with Boston and Minnesota that would bring All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers has yet to become official.According to a report by the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers-Red Sox-Twins trade was being held up by a question over the medical report on Twins prospect Brusdar Graterol. The report indicated the deal is still likely to get done, although perhaps with some tweaking of the original players.center_img No matter the final composition of the deal, as long as it involves the Dodgers getting Betts and Price, presumably they’ll still be willing to send Pederson and Stripling to the Angels.Once the deal is done, Stripling would join an Angels rotation depth chart that includes Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Julio Teheran, Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning. They also have Patrick Sandoval, José Suarez, Jaime Barría, Dillon Peters and Félix Peña, all of whom made starts for them in 2018. The Angels are also bringing Matt Andriese to camp as a starter, although he’s pitched in relief the past two seasons and could be shifted back to the bullpen.Many of those pitchers, including Stripling, have had recent injury issues, which is no doubt why the Angels are trying to build the most depth they can. Ohtani, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, will be on an innings limit and might not even open the season in the rotation.If the Angels are to get Stripling, they will add a pitcher who has been solid throughout parts of four big-league seasons.Stripling, 30, posted a 3.02 ERA over 122 innings in 2018, when he made the All-Star team.last_img read more