55 French mayors call for Win Tin’s release from jail

first_img Receive email alerts July 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 55 French mayors call for Win Tin’s release from jail News Follow the news on Myanmar Help by sharing this information MyanmarAsia – Pacific Fifty-five mayors of towns all over France have signed a Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) petition calling for the immediate release of Burmese journalist Win Tin, who has been imprisoned for the past 13 years and is now 72 years old. Burma’s most famous journalist, also a close adviser of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), has now spent more than 4,380 days in jail since his arrest on 4 July 1989. The petition was organised with the help of the monthly magazine Maires de France, which supports the journalist.Despite his poor health, the country’s military rulers decided at the end of May to return him to his special cell at Rangoon’s Insein after several months in the city’s general hospital, where he was convalescing after a hernia operation. His condition is stable at present but his return to prison could put his life in danger, as he has suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes and spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebrae) during his 13 years in jail.Win Tin, former editor of the daily newspaper Hanthawathi and vice-president of the Burmese Writers’ Association, was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, mainly for having sent details of prison conditions and ill-treatment in Insein jail to the UN Rapporteur for Burma. The authorities have several times offered to free him in exchange for his resignation from the NLD. He has always refused.Reporters Without Borders knows of at least 16 journalists still imprisoned in Burma. It is particularly concerned about Sein Hla Oo, whose sentence expired last August but who has still not been released. His family has not been allowed to visit him for several months. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture On 4 July 1989, famous journalist Win Tin was arrested in Rangoon. Since then, he is languishing in a Burmese prison. 55 mayors of French towns ask for his release in a petition launched by Reporters without borders and the magazine Maires de France. to go further RSF_en MyanmarAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 26, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 12, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

Alex Ferguson hails Dede Ayew

first_imgGhana midfielder Andre Ayew has been praised by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson after his impressive shift during last Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League tie.Ayew was flamboyant for Marseille at the Stade Velodrome in their goalless draw of the round of 16 first leg tie with Manchester United.The veteran manager was entertained by the skills and work ethic of the 21 year old Ghanaian international.”I should be honest and say that Marseille pressed us to our own half, they did not let us play our game.”For example, Ayew played a great game, he defended and Nani was unable to pass through. He spent a lot of energy and really played a good game,” Ferguson said.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img