Constant harassment of opposition press

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s decision to suspend the distribution of three opposition newspapers – Suara Keadilan, Kabar Era Pakatan and Rocket – since 30 June and restrict the distribution of a fourth, Harakah, since yesterday.“This is the second time since Prime Minister Najib Razak’s election in 2008 that the opposition press has been subjected to this kind of restriction by the interior ministry,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Press freedom must be guaranteed by the government regardless of the party affiliation or political tendency of the media concerned.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the authorities to reform the system of annual licence renewal, which leaves a permanent threat hanging over the country’s newspapers.”Harakah is the only one of these four party newspapers to have its licence renewed. But the interior ministry has banned it from being sold in newsstands. Sale of the newspaper, which had a print-run of 120,000 copies, is henceforth restricted to the offices of the party controls it, the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).“We urge interior minister Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein to explain why he blocked renewal of the licences of Suara Keadilan, Kabar Era Pakatan and Rocket,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We call on him to renew their permits and to allow normal distribution of Harakah.”Opposition parliamentarian William Leong told Reporters Without Borders that the government’s actions violated the constitution. “It is clear that the authorities are preparing the media terrain for elections in the near future,” he added, predicting the government would announce a new general election soon.The interior minister insisted that the government was just enforcing the law and that the decision not to renew the licences had nothing to do with party politics.Malaysia was ranked 131st out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News RSF_en MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information July 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Constant harassment of opposition press Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Organisation to go furthercenter_img MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News February 22, 2021 Find out more News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Receive email alerts March 17, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Malaysia January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Slovenian Adria Airways in bankruptcy

first_imgAll this would be great if there was a concrete plan and vision of future development, so we don’t know how many times, the Government of the Republic of Croatia again gives a lot of money to patch bottomless holes, without a clear plan of stabilization, restructuring and a correct plan to survive and be profitable. “The state does not intend to enter into such an enterprise. Otherwise, the bis would take on a large debt created by the owner, and allow the owner to avoid responsibility for the situation. We believe that this would be irresponsible and that the only possible scenario is the bankruptcy of Adria Airways “Said the Slovenian Minister of Economy, Zdravko Počivalšek, reports Delo. As we wrote, the collapse of Thomas Cook, one of the oldest and most famous travel agencies in the world, opened Pandora’s box and led to problems throughout the European airspace as well as in other airlines that did not transform according to new trends and market circumstances. Adria Airways expected that the Slovenian government would provide financial assistance, but it did not happen, so Adria Airways, otherwise owned by the German fund 4K Invest, declared bankruptcy. On the other hand, it is interesting how Thomas Cook asked the UK Parliament for financial assistance, which was refused, as in the case of Adria Airways, and after the companies failed to financially close the rescue plan, they declared bankruptcy. On the other hand, the majority owner of Croatia Airlines is the Republic of Croatia, which will still “help” its airline with HRK 250 million to save itself from bankruptcy. Slovenian airline Adria Airways filed for bankruptcy on Monday, Slovenian Delo writes. Photo: Adria Airwayslast_img read more

Stalemate at Villa Park

first_imgTen-man Newcastle registered their first point of the new Barclays Premier League season after fighting out a disappointing 0-0 draw with Aston Villa. The game at Villa Park was one of few real chances, particularly in the first half, with Magpies midfielder Remy Cabella sending one wide when he might have done better. The visitors had further opportunities just after the break, with Daryl Janmaat having a header pushed over by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan and firing a shot just off target. Magpies substitute and debutant Siem de Jong was then denied by a decent Guzan save towards the end, before Mike Williamson was sent off in the dying seconds having collected two yellow cards in quick succession. While Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will take some comfort from the performance and outcome – which halted the Tyneside outfit’s five-game away losing streak from the end of last season – there was little to cheer Villa manager Paul Lambert as his side rarely threatened. Watched from the stands by England boss Roy Hodgson, it was Villa who actually appeared likelier to score early on, with Gabriel Agbonlahor having a shot blocked by Williamson in the fifth minute. Williamson nodded tamely wide at the other end, then diverted a Villa cross to the Newcastle back post, where Charles N’Zobgia could only head it onto the roof of the net. Yoan Gouffran suffered an embarrassing moment soon after as he completely mis-kicked while trying to convert a flicked-on Magpies corner. Former Newcastle man N’Zogbia looked more potent in the 17th minute as he curled a free-kick narrowly wide. The visitors then saw a free-kick of their own sent high over the bar by Jack Colback, before Cabella passed up a good opportunity in the 25th minute, shooting wide while off-balance after the ball deflected his way in the Villa box from a cross. It proved to be the clearest-cut chance of a half which saw the Villa fans raising their voices to chant Roy Keane’s name every now and again, particularly when the assistant manager made his feelings about the on-field proceedings known in animated fashion. Press Association Andreas Weimann showed some intent for the hosts, seeing a shot blocked and a cross into the danger zone go unconverted, and team-mate Fabian Delph then lofted an effort over from the edge of the D. For Newcastle, Emmanuel Riviere failed to make the most of a through-ball by Cabella as his weak shot was gathered by Guzan. The deadlock was closer to being broken shortly after the interval when Williamson nodded back across the area to the diving Janmaat, whose header was parried over by Guzan. Janmaat then arrowed a strike just the wrong side of the top corner with Guzan at full stretch, and the away team’s pressure continued as a delivery dropped nicely for Williamson in front of goal, only for the the defender to become the latest player to completely fluff an attempted finish. Both sides subsequently brought summer signings on for their debuts, Carlos Sanchez replacing N’Zogbia and De Jong being introduced for Vurnon Anita, before Philippe Senderos headed a free-kick harmlessly off-target for the hosts. Lambert then threw on Darren Bent for Kieran Richardson. The former Sunderland striker was making his first competitive Villa appearance since returning from a season-long loan spell with Fulham, and he was soon trying to make his mark, directing a header onto the top of the net. Another Newcastle substitute, Ayoze Perez, scuffed over in the 84th minute and De Jong then almost snatched three points in the 88th when Villa failed to deal with a bouncing ball. It came to the Holland international, who lashed a shot at goal, but Guzan was alert to parry before diving on the ball. The visitors were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Williamson picked up his second booking in the space of just a few minutes following a challenge on Delph. last_img read more

NFL playoff picture: Breaking down 49ers seeding scenarios for NFC bracket

first_imgThe San Francisco 49ers (12-3) know they are headed to the NFL playoffs for the first time in six seasons. But when it comes to the NFC playoff picture and seeding, the final week of the 2019 regular season will determine the strength or weakness of their final playoff matchups.Here are all the scenarios at play for the 49ers going into Week 17. MORE: Projecting the AFC, NFC playoff matchupsNFC playoff picture: How the 49ers get the No. 1 seedIf the 49ers beat the Seahawks on Sunday night to improve to 13-3, they will win the NFC West. The 49ers in that scenario also would grab the top seed over the Packers and the Saints, who both finished 13-3, thanks to beating both teams during the regular season.How the 49ers get the No. 5 seed in the NFCIf the 49ers lose to the Seahawks to drop to 12-4, they would earn the NFC’s top wild-card berth.They would stay ahead of the No. 6 Vikings by two games and draw a wild-card round matchup with the No. 4 NFC East champions, either the Eagles or Cowboys.last_img read more