French citizen sues French expat website before Thai court

first_img Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more A defamation action has been brought against the editor of the Bangkok edition of LePetitJournal.com before a Thai court (photo: lepetitjournal.com). Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Yamine Boudemagh, the head of the Thai section of Français du Monde-ADFE, an organization for French expats, to bring a libel suit in Thailand against Pierre Queffélec, the editor of the Bangkok edition of LePetitJournal.com, an online newspaper for French expats and Francophones outside France. RSF_en Organisation This is a dispute between French citizens over an article published in French by a French journalist. It should be settled in France. But instead of bringing his suit against Pierre Queffélec before a French court, Boudemagh has filed his suit with the Bangkok South criminal court.The article in question, published on the website in May 2017, was an interview with Thierry Mariani, a French deputy who represents French citizens living abroad. Boudemagh, who is also a Mediapart blogger, thinks that he was defamed by comments Mariani made in the interview but, instead of suing Mariani, he is suing this small online publication.“No one disputes Yamine Boudemagh’s right to sue if he thinks he was defamed,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “But why do it in Thailand, a country with legislation that is extremely harsh towards journalists and publishers? The suit borders on the absurd. We urge the plaintiff to see reason and, if the dispute cannot be settled out of court, to bring his suit, which concerns only French citizens, before a French court.”If convicted of criminal libel in Thailand, Queffélec could be facing the possibility of a two-year jail sentence and deportation. Meanwhile, he will not be able to leave Thailand until the proceedings reach a conclusion, which could take several years. Furthermore, the exorbitant legal costs would be fuelled by the obligation to translate every French-language document into Thai and would mean the end for this poorly-funded publication.Headed by Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Thailand’s military junta has been using the defamation law to gag and harass journalists and bloggers ever since seizing power in a coup in 2014. Foreign journalists are not spared. Jonathan Head, a British journalist working for the BBC, was charged with criminal defamation in 2017, as was Andy Hall, a British blogger, in 2015.Thailand is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. ThailandFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression News February 28, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 French citizen sues French expat website before Thai court to go furthercenter_img In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival ThailandFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression News Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out more News News June 7, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistslast_img read more

‘Move Mid West’ campaign to help fill job vacancies

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Limerick Chamber appoint new President TAGSbusinessindustryLIMERICK ChamberLimerick City and CountyMid WestNewsvideo Email Planned housing and medical campus further indication of positivity for Limerick – Chamber CEO states Chamber calls for O’Connell Street revitalisation programme to commence as matter of urgency Previous articleKilkenny too strong for Limerick in All-Ireland Camogie ChampionshipNext article“They are making it incredibly hard to whittle it down” – Easterby Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisementcenter_img Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement BusinessNewsVideo‘Move Mid West’ campaign to help fill job vacanciesBy Staff Reporter – July 21, 2019 329 Linkedin Print THE economic revival in the Mid-West was highlighted the launch of a Limerick Chamber campaign and new website to help companies recruit new workers.The ‘Move Mid West’ campaign and website was unveiled at the Limerick Chamber  ‘Let’s Talk Tech’ event in Dublin last week which was attended by representatives of multi-national employers in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The campaign is in response to the 1,012 vacancies currently in the Mid-West, with over 630 of these in the information technology, engineering, pharma and science sectors.Among the major international companies looking to recruit candidates in the Mid-West are Johnson & Johnson, Northern Trust, Analog Devices, BD and 4Site in Limerick, JLR in Shannon and First Data in Nenagh.Chief executive Dee Ryan said that Limerick Chamber wanted to send out that these employment opportunities were available and the Mid West is a fantastic place to live, work and play in.“This is one of the most affordable regions in the country and the evidence is that people get everything they need by way of lifestyle and jobs and they have a lot more disposable income to go with it.”Currently there are in excess of 20 estates under construction across the region, with the average price in Limerick city at €201,952, Limerick county €206,376, Clare €196,817 and Tipperary at €189,302.When compared with other regions with a city, the Mid West contrasts very favourably. In Dublin average prices range from €310,000 to €600,000 across the city; Galway city averages at €304,549 and county at €205,400, while Cork city has a €285,941 average and Cork county €235,033.John O’Dea, chief executive of TechIreland, which helps connect people across the tech industry, said that the great advantage of Limerick and the Mid West is that it has a great collection of multinational companies, a really vibrant infrastructure and strong growth“The numbers last year were 30 percent up on the previous year in terms of investment into the sector. So, it’s got an awful lot going for it, which is just so important when you’re starting a family or getting going in your career,” he said.Chris Foley, Agile Coach with Johnson & Johnson said that he hasn’t looked back since he made the move to Limerick.“There’s lots of organizations starting up, lots of job opportunities and a great way of life. We just need to get out there and promote it,” he said.by Tom [email protected] Facebooklast_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth on That Wicked Movie That Will Eventually Get Made & More

first_img Star Files Kristin Chenoweth paid a visit to Watch What Happens Live on March 2 to celebrate the 1,000th episode of Andy Cohen’s boozy talk show. Between dishing about a whole lot of Real Housewives with Cohen and Chrissy Teigen, the self-proclaimed pocket diva reaffirmed her willingness to play Madame Morrible once the Wicked movie is finally made—a desire she expressed in the very same WWHL playhouse two years ago. Still no substantial update on that project, by the way. Later, Cheno said her dream role is Mame, in large part due to the costumes. Catch those bits, plus learn which #PumpRules men Chenoweth and Teigen would hook up with, below. Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Kristin Chenowethlast_img

Forum discusses USC’s energy transition

first_imgUSC’s Beyond Coal Campaign provided a forum Monday with more than 100 faculty members, students, community members and political leaders in attendance to discuss the university’s transition to clean energy.Clean · More than 100 faculty, students, community members and political leaders attended the forum Monday to discuss clean energy. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily Trojan Forty percent of the energy used by USC comes from two major coal plants outside the Los Angeles area, according to a handout produced by USC Beyond Coal Campaign. In 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the city would stop its use of coal by the year 2020.“The commitment is still there, how quickly L.A. gets there is the issue,” said Romel Pascual, deputy mayor for Energy and the Environment.Jeffrey Richardson, president and CEO of Imani Energy, INC., said he regards USC as the leader in moving toward a carbon-free future.“Universities are the ones controlling a lot of land and energy,” Richardson said. “If the largest purchaser, USC, moves, everything will change.”To make Villaraigosa’s commitment to the city a reality, USC student-based organizations such as the Beyond Coal Campaign, are asking for the assistance and support of the administration.“Vice President [of Administration] Todd Dickey is on board with the campaign, but there is a difference between support and concrete steps,” said Henry Symons, a Beyond Coal organizer.Proposed plans for a carbon-free university entail the termination of USC’s dependence on coal as an energy source, with solar energy in its place, said Mark Bernstein, managing director of USC’s Energy Institute. Bernstein also estimates clean energy, such as solar energy, will help improve energy efficiency by 20 percent at USC. These are only proposed ideas, however, and nothing has been written yet.Bernstein suggests panels could be installed easily on all new, non-historic USC-owned buildings. The installation of solar power will in turn alleviate the university’s dependence on coal.“We are the institution for change, if we stop buying coal it can have a huge ripple affect,” said Valeria Pentelute, a freshman majoring in economics, and member of the USC Beyond Coal Campaign.Pentelute said the forum resulted in hope for a better, cleaner future.“I’m so thrilled by the turnout and discussion. We are moving towards progress and there are so many positive arguments to be made against coal,” said Pentelute.Tony Guan, a junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, and a member of USC’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said nothing is in writing yet, but support for the transition has been garnered from the student body, faculty and administration. USC continues to wait on a steadfast commitment from administration to transition away from their heavy coal usage.The power ultimately lies within the ability of the student body to pressure administration for clean energy.“The key to make it happen is grassroots organization … [Students] are customers on campus,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, an environmental group that aims to protect forests and wildlife areas.Symons said an early start is key.“The earlier we move, the more of a leader USC will be for L.A.,” Symons said.last_img read more