Outrageous contempt of court convictions in northeastern India

first_imgThese contempt of court convictions were prompted by two stories published in the newspaper last December about an order issued by one of the court’s judges, Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen, seeking better provision for retired judges and their families. Ironically, the day on which the court presided by Justice Sen convicted the two journalists of contempt was also the day that Sen – who is also known for holding controversial Hindu nationalist views – retired. In Manipur, Assam’s neighbour to the east, reporter and editorialist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been held for more than 100 days under the National Security Act simply for criticizing Manipur’s chief minister. News April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a court in northeastern India has found two journalists guilty of contempt for writing about its own directive on benefits for retired judges. This decision, in which the court judged a case involving itself, is a serious press freedom violation, RSF said. One of these stories, headlined “When judges judge for themselves,” revealed that the judge had insisted not only on medical facilities for the spouses and children of retired judges but also on provision of guest houses and domestic help, and payment of mobile phone and Internet charges. Journalists in northeastern India are exposed to all sorts of harassment. RSF called for a thorough investigation into a kerosene bomb attack in April 2018 on the Shillong Times editor’s home that was probably a reprisal for her investigative reporting on illegal mining in which Meghalaya state officials are allegedly involved. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en March 12, 2019 – Updated on May 10, 2019 Outrageous contempt of court convictions in northeastern India Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassment Follow the news on India March 3, 2021 Find out more News Harassment IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassment Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wearing masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listen to Modi during an election rally in Meghalaya. Justice SR Sen is also known for holding controversial Hindu nationalist views (Photo : Biju Boro / AFP). “We call on India’s supreme court to overturn this absolutely iniquitous decision, which would pave the way for the worst form of censorship if allowed to set a judicial precedent. It is also high time for India’s legislators to overhaul the outdated contempt of court laws as applied to journalists. The candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections should take up this issue.” India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. And in Tripura, Assam’s neighbour to the south, two journalists were killed in the space of two months in 2017. One, Shantanu Bhowmick, was beaten and stabbed to death in September 2017. The other, Sudip Datta Bhaumik, was gunned down by paramilitaries the following November. A third journalist, Suman Debnath, was almost killed in a knife attack in June 2018 while investigating thefts and trafficking in stolen oil. Receive email alerts to go further At least seven journalists, including Emmy Ci Lawbei, Catherine Sangi and Tridip Mandal, were injured when police of the neighbouring state of Assam beat them with batons as they tried to cover a student demonstration in March 2018. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News Help by sharing this information India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Under the ruling handed down on 8 March by the high court in Shillong, the capital of the northeastern state of Meghalaya, Patricia Mukhim, the editor of the Shillong Times, and Shobha Chaudhuri, the newspaper’s publisher, must each pay a fine of 200,000 rupees (2,600 euros) by the end of this week or they will be jailed for six months and the newspaper will be banned. “In this ruling, the justice system has committed a gross violation of the separation of powers and has trampled on press freedom, when it should be their guarantor,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Unifine’s pot shot at puds

first_imgUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients has launched a range of take-away puddings in pots for 2009. The collection of recipes is available in a free full-colour 28-page brochure, which comes with serving suggestions, as well as illustrations of each of the finished puddings.The ingredients and recipes are available for White Chocolate Raspberry, Toffee Spiced Apple, Orange and Lemon (pictured), Chococcinno and Champagne and Strawberry pudding varieties. Step-by-step instructions are given to prepare the basic fonds, with each recipe producing between 15 to 32 portions, depending on type.Other desserts featured in the brochure include Black Forest, Pear Caramel, Fruits of the Forest Cheesecake, Rhubarb Vanilla and Blackcurrant and Vanilla.[http://www.unifine.uk.com]last_img

Fishing For Wives Starts Performances Off-Broadway

first_img It’s 1913, Hawaii and two immigrant fishermen, Nishi and Aoki, are lonely and bored with only catching fish. Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend in his place. The brides arrive and fall in love—with the wrong man—setting off a comedy of errors with mistaken identity, tragic drowning, seeming betrayal and a final surprise turn of events, colorfully visualized with mime and movement. Fishing For Wives Fishing For Wives begins performances April 5 off-Broadway. Written by Edward Sakamoto and directed by Ron Nakahara, the play will run through April 27. Opening night is set for April 10 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. View Comments Fishing For Wives stars Bobby Foley, Viet Vo, Akiko Hiroshima, Allison Hiroto, Rebecca Lee Lerman and Kiyo Takami. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014last_img read more

Honduras Forming Elite Police Force to Battle Organized Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 20, 2012 The Honduran government plans to form an elite police force to fight against organized crime and to investigate serious offenses ranging from narco-trafficking to corruption and murder. Juan Orlando Hernández, president of the country’s Congress, unveiled the new agency on Jan. 20. He said recruits will be required to undergo stringent training in investigation methods, and members of the new force will be expected to observe military discipline and respect human rights. “The National Police will continue to exist, only there will be an independent branch with new agents that will fight certain types of crimes with an emphasis on criminal investigation,” Hernández told Congress. He added that while the new agency is being developed, members of the National Police will undergo screening — again with the assistance and advice of “foreign sectors who are willing to support us.” Hernández noted that the Chilean model has been highly praised internationally and has been “successful in several countries.” Honduran authorities have turned to Chile, whose national police have incorporated international human rights law into police doctrine and training under an agreement signed in January with the International Committee of the Red Cross. The accord “demonstrates the Chilean police’s commitment to human rights,” said Felipe Donoso, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation. Intense crime wave alarms Honduran officials The move by Honduran authorities to set up an elite investigative force comes as the country is being battered by an alarming increase in narco-trafficking and gang activity, and a corresponding jump in homicides. Drug traffickers from neighboring states have flooded in, fueling violence and corruption. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 25 tons of cocaine is shipped through Honduras each month heading north for the lucrative drug markets of North America. Chile isn’t the only country that has committed to help Honduras combat growing crime. Spain and Colombia also are advising the country, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said in an interview with Radio HRN. The United States is sending technical security analyst to study the crime challenges and to advise on strategy. Honduran officials said that Hugo Acero Velásquez, a Colombian security analyst, already is in Tegucigalpa advising the government on anti-crime strategies. The Honduran president met in Miami on Jan. 18 with United States officials who agreed to send two technical security analysts, said Honduran Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla. “We will assess how to coordinate actions among several countries, such as Colombia and Chile, in order to resolve this problem of security,” Bonilla said at a news conference. He added: “We need to acknowledge that we have a large problem, but that there’s a will to find a solution to it.” The security minister acknowledged that the crime challenge has been exacerbated by corruption eating into state institutions. UNODC: San Pedro Sula most dangerous city in Latin America Honduras isn’t alone among so-called Northern Triangle countries of Central America in being affected by drug and gang-related violence. Guatemala and El Salvador have suffered crime waves, much of it following the migration of some drug operations into their countries by Mexican cartels. The Honduran murder rate is now 82.1 per 100,000 residents, the world’s highest, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Nearly 7,000 homicides were recorded in 2011 — a 250 percent increase in six years. San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city, is more dangerous than Ciudad Juárez, said a report issued by Mexico’s nonprofit Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The 1,143 homicides that San Pedro Sula suffered last year was a rate of 158 murders per 100,000 residents, the group said. The proposed new police force follows a series of other recent anti-crime measures introduced by the Honduran government, including allowing extradition of indicted traffickers and the setting up of a witness protection program for those reporting drug and corruption-related crime. Lobo deployed hundreds of troops in the main cities, including San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa to combat criminal violence, and to patrol jointly with police in areas dominated by gangs last summer. Lobo said the aim was to “guarantee the presence of the authorities in the most conflict-ridden areas.” He vowed to “do everything possible within the law to reduce the impunity that makes us all indignant.” The military deployment followed the firing of four top police commanders, after four policemen accused of murder were released. The Honduran Congress passed legislation to deploy the army for a longer term. “This legislation will allow the armed forces to take on policing roles to confront organized crime and drug traffickers operating across the country,” said congressman Oswaldo Ramos, a member of Honduras’ ruling conservative party. Honduran officials claimed that the earlier temporary deployment of the military to support the police brought a 36 percent drop in homicides. The pestilence of corruption in Colombia always affects the innocent and most serious people… Sincerely, silvio figueroa lopez, social-comunist christian, cartagena, colombia.last_img read more