YANGON (REUTERS) - Thousands of protesters marched to a police office in the north of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Saturday (July 6), demanding speedy and transparent justice in a child-rape case that has sparked national outrage. Police said this week they had arrested a suspect in the rape of a toddler - nicknamed Victoria - at a private nursery school in the administrative capital, Naypyitaw, in May. Social media users have criticised the speed and professionalism of the police response after the girl's family filed a complaint more than a month ago, underscoring a lack of trust in authorities in a country still emerging from decades of military rule. A government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took power after sweeping elections in 2015, but key institutions such as the police remain under military control and efforts to strengthen the rule of law have floundered. Organisers estimated as many as 6,000 protesters gathered on Saturday at the Yangon office of the … [Read more...] about Thousands protest amid outcry over Myanmar child-rape case
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MOSCOW: Russian police abruptly dropped drugs charges on Tuesday (Jun 11) against journalist Ivan Golunov, a rare U-turn by the authorities in the face of anger from his supporters who had alleged he was framed for his reporting and had threatened to stage a mass protest in Moscow.Golunov, a 36-year-old journalist known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials, was detained by police last Thursday and accused of dealing drugs, an allegation he flatly denied.Russian journalists critical of authorities have led a dangerous existence since the 1990s - sometimes threatened, physically attacked, and even murdered for their work.But the crude way supporters said Golunov was set up and detained triggered an unusual show of media unity and an uncharacteristically swift response from authorities nervous about social unrest at a time when President Vladimir Putin already faces disquiet over living standards.Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said the criminal case against Golunov … [Read more...] about Russia drops case against journalist
MANILA, Philippines — Prominent Bicolano businessman Elizaldy Co and his posh Misibis Bay Resort have filed a P1-billion cyber libel suit against social media giants Facebook and YouTube together with Peter Advincula, the self-confessed “Bikoy,” over the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video that implicated them in the illegal drug trade. This is the first suit filed against social media giants Facebook and YouTube in the Philippines amid efforts to combat the spread of fake news online. After vindication in the charges following the recantation of Advincula, Co and the resort management filed two separate complaints before the Legazpi City Prosecutor’s Office seeking the criminal indictment of respondents for cyber libel under Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, in relation to libel under the Revised Penal Code. “The truth is finally out. By his own admission, Bikoy said everything in the viral video series that implicated me, Misibis … [Read more...] about P1 billion cyber libel suit filed vs Facebook, YouTube, ‘Bikoy’
A father of seven absconded in 2015 after being sentenced to jail for six months for a string of offences, including cheating, after his wife hatched a plan to "make quick cash". Aszrul Mohd Yusoff and Husniyati Omar duped 74 home owners and sub-contractors out of more than $1.6 million in a renovation scam. Husniyati asked a friend to set up an interior design firm on her behalf, and offered cheap renovation packages with free air-conditioning units. But the company failed to honour agreements made with customers and contractors. Yesterday, Aszrul, 39, pleaded guilty to 18 cheating charges involving nearly $652,000. Another 115 counts of cheating linked to the remaining amount will be considered during sentencing. Aszrul has been in jail since May 2017, serving a six-month sentence for his previous offences before being remanded. His wife, who masterminded the scam, was jailed for seven years and nine months last September after pleading guilty to 20 cheating charges and one count of … [Read more...] about Father of 7 pleads guilty in $652k cheating case
Press freedom — Buhay pa ba yan? Like a bereaved family refusing to accept the reality of a member having died, we the so-called Fourth Estate gathered ourselves and our thoughts last Friday under a bold headline declaring that freedom of the press is an inalienable right, is crucial to democracy, and must flourish. The occasion on May 3 was World Press Freedom Day as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993. That day, we the surviving members paused to remember and honor our colleagues who have been “killed in action,” and proceeded to chronicle the ongoing attacks of the present regime on that fundamental freedom enshrined in the Constitution. Many of us have been provoked by the blast of a top official asking his minions: “Buhay pa ba yan?” (Why is he/she still alive?) It is a dire hint of what might happen to the target, knowing that in the uniformed service, a superior’s mere … [Read more...] about Press freedom — Buhay pa ba yan?