Journalists and bloggers march for the press freedom

Journalists and bloggers march for the press freedom

Syed Jaymal Zahiid and Tarani Palani | Jun 1, 08

press freedom walk national press club dataran merdeka 010608 01Journalists and bloggers made a spontaneous decision to march in Dataran Merdeka this morning in support of press freedom  on grounds of security and traffic.

The Walk for Press Freedom, which was originally planned to take place at 9am as a precursor to a dialogue between the press and de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim, took off only after the minister had left the event.

Some 150 people participated in the walk led by one of the key organisers, Writers Alliance for Media Independence (Wami) chairperson Wong Chin Huat (left), covering a distance of about one kilometre from the National Press Club in Jalan Tangsi to the historic Dataran Merdeka.

press freedom walk national press club dataran merdeka 010608 03About a dozen of police officers were present but no action was taken against the marchers.

According to the organisers, the purpose of the walk was to send home the message on the need for press freedom, journalism ethics and accountability.

The government has persistently shrugged off calls by media freedom activists to repeal the laws – among others the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) and Official Secrets Act (OSA) – arguing that they were useful to prevent unethical dissemination of distorted facts that may destabilise the security of the country.

Media freedom fighters however accused the government of using the PPPA and OSA to silent the press and quell political dissidents.

Read all in Malaysiakini

Sample of Burma Democracy Star Medal to award Democracy activists

Re: Sample of Burma Democracy Star Medal

 

 

Dear Comrades,

                         My friend Ko Tun Aung and I tried to create a sample of a medal to be awarded as a virtual medal in appreciation of fellow comrades who are active in Burma Democracy movement.

 

As we have a very limited expertise in the arts, we just took the Burma’s Mawkhunwon medal and changed the wording very crudely.

 

Please feel free to create better medals.

 

We hope that those medals should be awarded virtually on line to Burmese Democracy Activists, journalists and Bloggers in and outside Burma. (Liberated area).

 

We (It may be better if NCGUB should initiate this campaign) should award this to foreigners and even the head of governments who are sympathetic and supporting for the attainment of democracy in Burma.

 

 

Your Comrades

 

Ko Tun Aung, San Oo Aung and friends

Please look at Wikipedia encyclopedia for this kind of awards given by Wiki-editors to one another.

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U.N. must try Burmese leaders for genocide

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Almost 30 years ago, my editor dispatched me to Cambodia to cover the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime and the resulting refugee holocaust. The images of babies with swollen bellies and only a few days left to live, emaciated and lethargic adults dying from typhoid, cholera or worse have hung with me to this day.

Now, three decades later, the United Nations and the Cambodian government are staging a genocide tribunal for several surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. Nearly 2 million Cambodians died during the Khmer Rouge reign – most of them from disease and starvation.

One country away, in Burma, more than 1 million survivors of Cyclone Nargis have now gone without food, medicine, clean water or sanitation services for more than four weeks. Though Burma’s military dictators won’t allow anyone to see, babies’ bellies are beginning to swell, and listless adults are slipping away, victims of cholera, dysentery or worse. Tens of thousands are likely to die – most of them from disease and starvation. Continue reading

Get out ASEAN !

Get out ASEAN !

BURMA: ASEAN Steps in Where Others May Not Tread“, Marwaan Macan-Markar’s article in IPS news with my COMMENTS in brackets
BANGKOK, May 31 (IPS) – (Only four weeks after) Cyclone Nargis swept through the populous Irrawaddy Delta in Burma, a regional effort to help the victims is slowly grinding into shape.

(I cut out the excuses) The notoriously secretive junta, which had placed hurdles in the way of any outside intervention (direct help) during the first three weeks after the cyclone struck in the early hours of May 3. 

”A Herculean task has been thrust upon us, the U.N. and ASEAN, to bring humanitarian assistance for the cyclone victims,” Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of ASEAN, told journalists this week. (Actually ASEAN and UN are used as a shield to protect the invasion of US and French navy ships)

”ASEAN and the U.N. and our co-partners will not fail the victims of cyclone Nargis.” (No, UN and ASEAN are failing the Burmese people and the victims of cyclone Nargis)

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Sorry state of un-Islamic Muslim leaders around the world

Sorry state of

un-Islamic Muslim leaders

around the world

Extracted and changed from the famous MALAYSIAN BLOGGER’S ARTICLE, to reflect most of the world’s selfish, narrow minded and Xenophobic Muslim leaders

“ASEAN’s interests come first”, says the leader,” reported the Newspapers today.

The Newspapers then went on to report the leader as saying, “We should always consider the ASEAN’s interests above all else.”

 Sura Al-Fatiha

is the first chapter of the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an. Its seven verses are a prayer for God’s guidance and stress the lordship and mercy of God. This chapter has a special role in the Muslims’ daily prayers (Salat), being recited at the start of each unit of prayer, or rak’ah.Verse five of this sura says: You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.