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Source:The Malaysian Insider

Irrawaddy:Suu Kyi Appeal to be Lodged Next Week in Naypyidaw

By LAWI WENG

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer said on Friday his legal assistant will travel to Naypyidaw next week to lodge a formal appeal against her continuing house arrest.
Suu Kyi’s house arrest was extended in May for a further year. She had already served five years, and her lawyer, Kyi Win, has said the extension was illegal.

Kyi Win told The Irrawaddy he would meet Suu Kyi soon to discuss the appeal, which would be presented in Naypyidaw by his assistant, Hla Myo Myint.

Kyi Win said Suu Kyi would meet the regime’s liaison officer, Aung Kyi, when her health permitted.

The French news agency AFP reported that Suu Kyi was receiving intravenous treatment to restore her health. She refused to receive food supplies at her home for four weeks in what was seen as a protest against the conditions of her detention.

Last week, the regime relaxed some restrictions, and Suu Kyi agreed to accept deliveries of food and other household supplies to her home, where she has been detained for more than 13 of the past 19 years.

from:theirrawaddy.blogspot.com

Thai-Based Burmese Exile Website Hopes for Early Recovery From Cyber- Attack

Posted on: Sunday, 21 September 2008, 09:00 CDT

from:Red Orbit

Text of report in English by Thailand-based Burmese publication Irrawaddy website on 19 September

[Report by Saw Yan Naing: “The Irrawaddy Hopes to Defeat the Hackers Soon”; The Irrawaddy is now posting content at its temporary website at http://theirrawaddy.blogspot.com/due to a cyber attack on its website at http://www.irrawaddy.org on 17 September.]

The online news service of The Irrawaddy remained paralysed by a cyber attack on Friday, although technicians expressed optimism that it would be back in operation by Monday.

Three other Burmese exile news operations that also fell victim to the attack restored their services on Friday, leading to hope that The Irrawaddy Web site would also soon be again accessible.

The attack knocked out The Irrawaddy service on Tuesday and also struck the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma and the New Era Journal, based in Bangkok. All were intermittently put out of action.

The three opposition news services, operated by Burmese exiles, were hit by a “distributed denial-of-service”, or DDoS.

A DDoS attack creates a “traffic jam” at the entry to a Web site as masses of fake, robot “visitors” try to access it.

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Dark Burmese days

The Guadian,Monday September 22 2008

Dark Burmese days
It is a year since a Burmese soldier shot Japanese photographer Kenji Nagai in the heart while he was covering Burma’s saffron revolution for the Japanese agency APF News. Nagai’s dying moments, spent lying on his back attempting to film his killer, who stood over him taking aim, were captured by another foreign journalist. Reuters photographer Adrees Latif was crouching on a bridge overhead. His image, which subsequently won a Pulitzer Prize, provoked a worldwide furore, exposing the junta’s defence – that Nagai’s death was caused by a stray bullet – as worthless.

The killing of a foreign journalist was highly unusual in a country where reporters who slipped quietly into the country on tourist visas were rarely apprehended. I spent two weeks there earlier this year without any interference. Andrew Marshall, who covered the saffron revolution for Time, says: “The main difficulty in Burma is reporting the story without endangering your interviewees or the people who help you meet them.”

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AFP:One year after Myanmar protests, Suu Kyi faces junta alone

BANGKOK (AFP) — One year after Myanmar’s brutal crackdown on protests led by Buddhist monks, the world remains divided on how to handle the regime, leaving democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi alone against the generals.

With the United Nations powerless to extract reforms from the military regime, the 63-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has used sometimes desperate measures to make her own silent protests heard.

Aung San Suu Kyi, confined to house arrest for most of the last 19 years, refused to meet UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari last month and began turning away her daily food deliveries until her thin body was so weakened that her doctor had to place her on a drip.

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