“We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone”Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International write to Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft

“Dear Mr. Schmidt, Ms. Bartz and Mr. Ballmer:

We are writing to you on behalf of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International regarding World Day Against Cyber Censorship, on March 12, 2009. As you know, Reporters Without Borders is an international press freedom organization that defends the right to inform and to be informed; Amnesty International is a Nobel prize winning international human rights organization with over 2.2 million members worldwide.

World Day Against Cyber Censorship is a day to advance and celebrate a free Internet as an open window to the world and denounce the attacks made on the free flow of information online. In the spirit of fostering freedom of expression, we are asking that you do not censor any of your search engines or blog platforms anywhere around the world on this day.

Your companies have grown on the concepts of open platforms for interaction, communication, idea development, and exchange. However, these concepts remain merely unfulfilled dreams for millions of people who live in countries where freedom of expression, creativity, and peaceful thought are not respected or protected. continue http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=30507

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Prachatai’s political website operator is allowed to make a complaint if she believes there was a breakdown in law enforcement.

Webmaster has right to complain: PM
Published: 8/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Prachatai’s political website operator is allowed to make a complaint if she believes there was a breakdown in law enforcement.

The prime minister was responding to an operation by the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police which raided the office of Prachatai’s website on Friday and took its webmaster into custody accusing her of violating the Computer Act.

Mr Abhisit said he acknowledged the case concerned a violation of the Computer Act and the CSD arrest was down to a duty to enforce the law.

“However, if they feel there was an error in law enforcement they can make a complaint to me, I will take care of it,” he said.

Mr Abhisit said he believed the international community would understand the move.

He said a website closure would be a last measure for the government.

However, webmasters need to be vigilant and not allow the posting of any information that breaks laws.

Democrat party spokesman Buranat Samutruk said the webmaster allowed visitors to post “inappropriate” messages which were considered to violate the Computer Act.

“Officials must take legal action against those who post inappropriate messages as they are considered harmful to national security and cause social division,” he said.

About 10 CSD officers led by Pol Col Satit Tachayapop, deputy CSD commander, went to the prachatai.com office on Friday with a search warrant and detained Cheeranuch Premchaiphorn, the webmaster.

The CSD accused her of violating Article 15 of the Computer Act as well as disseminating lese majeste content on the website from Oct 15 to Nov 3 last year.

The police interrogated her and copied all files from her personal computer. Chantana Banpasirichote, a political lecturer from Chulalongkorn University, used her position to guarantee Ms Cheeranuch’s bail. The website was still operating yesterday.
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>> Thailand and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to jointly introduce a handbook for screening Bengalis from the Rohingya boat people.

Minister, UN agree Rohingya proposal

Published: 8/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News
>> Thailand and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to jointly introduce a handbook for screening Bengalis from the Rohingya boat people.

Speaking after meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said in their efforts to resolve the Rohingya problem swiftly, Thai agencies will introduce a handbook for officials interviewing these people and wanted the UNHCR to supply all the needed information to Thailand so that a proper criteria could be designed for it.

The Burmese government also agreed during the 14th Asean summit in Cha-am that it would take back the boat people if they could be identified as being true Bengalis, one of the 135 minority groups in Burma.

Mr Kasit also asked Mr Guterres how the Rohingya in Bangladesh would be taken care of and what measures the Bangladeshi government had in mind on this issue, as the Thai government would have to make use of them as well in handling the 20,000 Rohingya languishing in Thailand.

The ministry will ask Burmese diplomats in Thailand to help interview the Rohingya, the minister said.

The government has asked the UNHCR to look into the history of the Rohingya and the Bengali people to see how they could be politically separated, added the minister.

After his talks with Mr Kasit, Mr Guterres flew off to Burma yesterday to meet members of the Burmese government and discuss the issue at length.

He also plans to visit some Bengali camps in Burma and offer help to develop the areas heavily populated by the Bengali people.

The purpose of his trip is to increase the amount of land given over to humanitarian space in Burma, to create better living conditions as that would discourage more people from leaving the country and become displaced, said Mr Guterres.

Mr Kasit said the UNHCR had received some financial assistance from the international community to help rehabilitate the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh.

In a related development, Mr Kasit yesterday went to Ranong province to meet state officials there in order to listen to their problems and clarify the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s policy.

He will meet with Ranong governor Wanchart Wongchaichana today to discuss problems related to human trafficking and illegal labour.

He is making the trip under a government plan to send all 36 cabinet ministers to meet people around the country.

Mr Kasit visited Phetchabun province on March 16 to discuss the Lao Hmong refugee problems and how their suffering could be eased.

He chose Ranong and Phetchabun provinces because they are facing similar problems involving illegal foreign labour and refugees.

UDP News 7.03. True Myanmar News

အခုတေလာ ေလလႈိင္းေပၚမွာနဲ႔ အင္တာနက္ေပၚမွာ ကေနဒါက UDP ပါတီဆိုတာရဲ႕ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဦးေက်ာ္ျမင့္အေၾကာင္းေတြ ၾကားေန ရ ေတြ႔ေနရပါတယ္။ ဒီထဲက သူ႔ဘဝျဖတ္သန္းမႈဆိုတာနဲ႔ပတ္သက္လို႔ က်ေနာ္သိသေလာက္ ေျပာျပခ်င္ပါတယ္။

Fake monk and exile by peoplemediavoice


လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ငါးႏွစ္ေက်ာ္က အျဖစ္အပ်က္ တခုဟာ အခုထိ အေကာင္အထည္ မေပၚဘဲ ျဖစ္ေနလို႔ နည္းနည္းေတာ႔ ေျပာခ်င္လာတယ္၊ စာေရးသူတို႔ စကင္ဒီ ေနဗီးယန္း ႏိုင္ငံတခုျဖစ္တဲ့ ဖင္လန္ကို လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ၈ ႏွစ္ေလာက္က စတင္ ေရာက္လာၾကပါတယ္။”

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Prachatai Director gets bail

At the Police Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Prachatai Director Chiranuch Premchaiporn was granted bail with Chantana Banpasirichote, political science lecturer from Chulalongkorn University, as guarantor. Chiranuch is being finger printed and filing her criminal record.

Police have yet to finish copying data from her hard disk.

About 50 people, including students, Prachatai readers, Chiranuch’s relatives, social activists and academics have come to the police division to give her moral support.

Source: จีรนุชได้ประกันตัวแล้ว กำลังพิมพ์นิ้วมือ ทำประวัติ

Weekly Diary, No. 341 (28 February – 6 March 2009) Shan Herald News

Think Piece
8 lessons of leadership

Courage is not the absence of fear – it’s inspiring others to move beyond it
Lead from the front – but don’t leave your base behind
Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front
Know your enemy – and learn about his favorite sport
Keep your friends close – and your rivals even closer
Appearances matter – and remember to smile
Nothing is black or white
Quitting is leading too……………. continue