Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges

first_img News May 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders again urges the Thai authorities to release Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, the former editor of the banned magazine Voice of Thaksin, who was tried on lèse-majesté charges during the past four days in Bangkok, with witnesses for the prosecution and defence giving evidence. Somyos has been detained for the past 12 months.“The nine bail requests for Somyos during the past year were all rejected on the grounds that he could influence witnesses if he were released before his trial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Now that the trial is all but over, we reiterate our call for his immediate and unconditional release.”A Reporters Without Borders representative was able to speak briefly with Somyos on 1 May, shortly after Somyos testified in his defence. “I just want to expose the facts,” he said. “If I am punished for that, then so be it.” Somyos’ wife, who visits him once a week in prison, said the 50-year-old journalist seems to have been treated acceptably in prison, but his mental health is deteriorating.In his testimony, Somyos argued that the two February 2010 articles that prompted his arrest did not refer to the monarchy. “I did not really imagine that these articles would be seen as criticizing the monarchy,” he testified. “In my view, the author was just referring to the Thai elite.” For the first time he revealed the real name of the person who wrote the two articles under the pen-name of Jit Polachan.“The articles contain no explicit reference to the monarchy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They and the law are being interpreted in a particular way in order to punish a ruling party opponent. We condemn this political use of the draconian lèse-majesté legislation to silence Somyos, and we urge the court not to convict him on the basis of a purely subjective interpretation of the articles.”Somyos’ two defence lawyers petitioned Thailand’s constitutional court on 24 April, asking it to determine whether the lèse-majesté law is constitutional and complies with international legal standards, and requesting a suspension of the trial until it issued its ruling.A member of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (better known as the “Red Shirts”), Somyos was arrested on 30 April 2011 after refusing to identify the person who wrote the two articles that allegedly defamed the king. He was formally charged on 26 July 2011 on two lèse-majesté counts for which he could get a combined sentence of up to 30 years in prison.The court that is trying Somyos will not issue a verdict until the constitutional court has issued a ruling.Thailand is classified as a country “under scrutiny” in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders updates every year. ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img Follow the news on Thailand Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarlast_img read more

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Chester See Starts Performances in Rock of Ages on Broadway

first_img See’s self-titled YouTube channel features comedy sketches, dramatic shorts, vlog entries and both original and cover songs. It has garnered more than 160 million views and 1.5 million subscribers. View Comments Featuring a score of such classic rock hits as “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Related Shows Here he goes! YouTube star Chester See takes over from Mitchell Jarvis as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages on October 27. He is making his Broadway debut at the Helen Hayes Theater and will play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015.center_img Rock of Ages also currently stars Constantine Maroulis as Drew, Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. Frankie J. Grande and Lauren Zakrin will also shortly be joining the company, stepping in as Franz and Sherrie, respectively. Rock of Ages Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

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Safe well water

first_imgWater isn’t just for drinkingPoor water quality not only affects drinking water. It can also affect a variety of household functions. Contaminated water used for cooking may affect your health, while an excess of certain minerals can hamper cleaning tasks in the laundry or bathroom.Unfortunately, no single test can provide information on all possible contaminants. Bacteriological tests determine if water is free of disease-causing bacteria. But there are many types of tests that cover a variety of bacteria. The most common bacteriological test checks for E. coli and total coliform bacteria, which can come from fecal contamination. Mineral tests can determine if the mineral content is high enough to affect either health or the water’s aesthetic or cleaning capacities. This test often pinpoints calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc. An abundance of these minerals can cause hard water, plumbing and laundry stains or bad odors. Pesticide and chemical tests are generally performed only if there is reason to believe a specific contaminant has entered the water system, such as pesticides.Inspect regularlyIt is important to regularly inspect your well for sources of contamination. Other potential problems can exist with the slab, the well screen, the building covering the well or landscaping. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers well assessment through the HOME*A*SYST program. These self-assessments determine the risks associated with your well. If you suspect a problem with your well water, contact a licensed well driller to inspect the well and have it tested for bacteria. This test should be done at least once a year, especially after well water disinfections. Have water testedWell testing can be done through local UGA Extension offices. Water samples are tested through the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory in Athens. A basic test, which tests for pH, hardness and more than 15 minerals, is $15. An expanded water test, which tests for minerals, soluble salts and alkalinity, is $50. Contact your UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for information on troubleshooting water quality issues or testing your well water for bacteria. Contact your county health department for information on how to take proper care of your septic system. Septic system problems can affect well water quality. You have frequent and unexplained illnesses in your household.Your neighbors find toxic chemicals in their well water.You are concerned about the lead pipes or soldering in your home.You detect a difference in the taste, smell or color of the water.You are buying a new home with a well that has been out of use.It comes from an improperly sealed or unprotected well, spring or cistern.You spill fertilizers, pesticides, oil, gasoline or other toxic substances on the ground in or near the well. Clean drinking water is a top priority for families. But homeowners who rely solely on well water can be open to certain risks. If your water is provided by a city or county source, it isn’t necessary to have it tested unless an in-house contamination is suspected. Public and municipal water supplies are routinely tested and must meet Environmental Protection Agency standards.Homeowner’s responsibilityWell water can become contaminated from various sources and can make homeowners sick. Since there are no federal or state monitoring regulations for private wells, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure their well water is safe to drink. Well water may not be safe to drink if:last_img read more

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