Opposition editor freed, pledges to continue fight for press freedom

first_img Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Follow the news on Cambodia More information about Hang Chakra: http://en.rsf.org/cambodia-newspaper-editor-jailed-under-law-30-06-2009,… CambodiaAsia – Pacific January 21, 2021 Find out more Since his release from Prey Sar prison on 13 April, Hang Chakra has been undergoing medical tests. His family says his problems with his lungs, eyes and bladder got worse after his arrest in June 2009. A Reporters Without Borders representative visited him in prison in December. In a message to Reporters Without Borders, he thanked all those in Cambodia and abroad who requested his release. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Hang Chakra, the editor of the opposition daily Khmer Machas Srok, after ten months in prison on a charge of disinformation. He was freed under a royal pardon to mark the Khmer New Year. “Deputy Prime Minister Sok An is directly to blame for Hang Chakra’s long imprisonment and the deterioration in his health,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our request to Prime Minister Hun Sen to respect his promise to ensure that journalists will no longer be jailed in Cambodia.” News News Organisation News More information about press freedom in Cambodia: http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=36496 center_img April 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition editor freed, pledges to continue fight for press freedom CambodiaAsia – Pacific to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” “It is incredible to be freed the day before the Khmer New Year and I am really happy to be reunited with my family,” Hang Chakra said in a statement to the press. He announced that he planned to resume editing his newspaper very shortly. Help by sharing this information News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Government agencies owe residents billions

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The government wants you. That’s because the Internal Revenue Service is sitting on more than 5,000 refund checks – totaling over $5.7 million – that were mailed to Los Angeles County taxpayers this year but returned as undeliverable. “It’s only about 1 out of every 1,000 checks that don’t get into the hands of the taxpayers,” said IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko. The agency also has 303 refund checks totaling $287,000 intended for taxpayers in Ventura County for their 2006 tax returns. A quick search of the lost property database turns up a range of famous names that shouldn’t be hard to locate – including Apple CEO Steve Jobs (who apparently is owed $37 from his own company). “Clearly the state of California has failed in ensuring the private property held by the state is returned to its rightful owners,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Garin Casaleggio, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang, said that in the early 1980s the state Legislature cut funding for a locator unit that would track down missing owners. The office has still done some cross-checking but has not had the resources to go much beyond that, he said. However, Chiang said he recently re-established a five-person unit that will resume that function. [email protected] dailynews.com 916-446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When a check is returned to the IRS, the agency searches its own records to see if the original address was correct and to see if it has any other recent addresses on file for the same taxpayer. If the person cannot be located, the money is held by the U.S. Treasury indefinitely. Often, however, the check is sent to the taxpayer the following year, when the person files their next tax return with an updated address. Meanwhile, two California agencies are also holding property that belongs to residents who cannot be located. The California Franchise Tax Board has millions of dollars in unclaimed state tax refund checks. While the agency hasn’t yet compiled figures for the 2006 tax year, in the previous year more than $8 million in checks were returned as undeliverable. And the California State Controller’s Office is holding about $5.3 billion in 8.7 million accounts in unclaimed property that has accumulated over the years – ranging from the contents of safe deposit boxes to bank accounts and stock certificates. last_img read more

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