In historic move, prime minister says he will decriminalize defamation

first_img News April 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In historic move, prime minister says he will decriminalize defamation CambodiaAsia – Pacific RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” News News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today hailed Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision on 21 April to abolish imprisonment for defamation in Cambodia and urged other countries in Southeast Asia to follow suit, calling it an essential step towards real and lasting press freedom.“Parliament must take up this government proposal and turn it into law as soon as possible,” the press freedom organisation said. “It will make Cambodia one of the few Asian countries to have purged their legislation of this archaic provision, which has too often been used to imprison journalists arbitrarily.”Nonetheless, when announcing the proposed reform at a news conference, the prime minister warned journalists to “draft their articles well” in order to avoid lawsuits. Journalists who write articles that damage someone’s reputation would still be fined, he insisted.The government prosecuted several journalists last year and some, such as Mam Sonando, the owner of radio Sombok Khmum (Beehive FM 105), were imprisoned.As it stands, the law on defamation provides for preventive detention and a sentence of a year in prison or a fine of 10 million riels (2,100 euros). Amendment of article 63 will just do away with the prison sentence. It must be approved by parliament before it can take effect.Former King Norodom Sihanouk meanwhile today said he would sue the magazine L’Echo du Cambodge for publishing an article that was “hostile” towards him. The magazine recently carried extracts from “Des courtisans aux partisans,” a 1971 book about Cambodia by French writers Serge Thion and Jean-Claude Pomonti. The king previously said he would not sue journalists out of respect for press freedom. Elsewhere, the information ministry said it had ordered a halt to the publication of extracts from the book in the magazine. CambodiaAsia – Pacific Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream —————— RSF_en February 24, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Cambodia January 21, 2021 Find out more 25.04.2006The former king, Norodom Sihanouk, announced on 25 April 2006 that he had decided not to pursue his complaint against the French-language magazine L’Echo du Cambodge. After it carried extracts of the book “Des courtisans aux partisans”, he said he would be taking action against the magazine, which he said had treated him “unfairly”. News December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Gardaí appeal for witnesses following fatal traffic collision in Co. Limerick

first_imgLinkedin LimerickNewsGardaí appeal for witnesses following fatal traffic collision in Co. LimerickBy Staff Reporter – June 13, 2018 1422 Facebook Print Advertisement Emailcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick’s bicycle doctors head for the hospitalsNext articlePetite Mayhem joins jazz ensemble for Shannon Rowing Club Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Gardaí in Bruff are appealing for witnesses following a fatal traffic collision on the N24 in Co. Limerick.Shortly before 11 am Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of a collision involving a car and a lorry on the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road.The collision occurred on a straight stretch of road at Gortnadromin near the village of Dromkeen.The occupants of the car; a man in his 80s and woman 70s, were both pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. The driver of the lorry (male 40s) was taken by Ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (his condition is not thought to be life-threatening).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The crash site remains closed to traffic and local diversions are in place. Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local Divisional scene of crime officers are examining the scene.The local Coroner has been notified and arrangements are being made for the bodies to be removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick where post-mortem examinations will be carried out.Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Bruff 061-382940 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Twitterlast_img read more

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NCUA will comply with ‘spirit’ of controversial OMB memo

first_img continue reading » The NCUA intends to comply “in spirit” with a new and controversial Office of Management and Budget policy that could give President Trump direct control over independent agency rules and guidance.That new policy, outlined in a memo last month, requires independent agencies to submit proposed rules and guidance to OMB before they are issued. And it requires that the submission contain a cost-benefit analysis.The Congressional Research Service this week issued a report saying that the new policy would give the Trump Administration unprecedented power over federal regulatory agencies.In its first comment on the new policy, the NCUA said that it is agency policy to comply with such memos or orders when it can. NCUA headquarterscenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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