Chinese still face long march to establish freedom of information

first_imgNews June 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese still face long march to establish freedom of information Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the continued attacks by the Chinese authorities on those such as artists, human rights activists and the media who bring public attention to sensitive subjects.“Rights campaigner Hu Jia beaten up on 20 June, artist Ai Weiwei facing improper legal proceedings, journalists of the South China Morning Post forced into self-censorship… the record is shocking,” the press freedom organization said.“The list of infringements of freedom of news and information in China appears endless. Bearing this in mind, the government’s human rights action plan for 2012-2015, published by Beijing on 11 June, appears to be little more than window-dressing.“The state newspaper Global Times says the plan will serve as a foundation for new measures to protect citizens’ rights and penalize illegal detentions. The treatment of Ai Weiwei and Hu Jia, however, arouses scepticism. The authorities have yet to match their words with deeds. We therefore ask the Chinese government to provide concrete proof of its desire to improve its compliance with basic freedoms, in particular the freedom to report and receive the news.”Hu Jia beaten up, Xu Zhiyong arrestedA year after he was released from prison, human rights campaigner Hu Jia was beaten by state security men as he left his Beijing apartment on 20 June. Hu, who suffers from cirrhosis of the liver, was hit in the throat and reported slight injuries to his chest, which caused him some pain. “It is the first time it happened since I left prison,” he told the French news agency AFP.He said the reason for the attack might have been a recent visit he paid to the family of dissident Chen Guangcheng, or the fact that it was the hearing date in the trial of his friend Ai Weiwei.On 12 June, Hu was detained and questioned (Chinese / 中文) by the police for eight hours. When he returned home, about 20 police officers were parked outside his house, watching the front door.Lawyer and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong was detained by the police for two days – 7 and 8 June – after he published an article on his blog on 29 May entitled “China’s New Civil Movement”, calling for greater democracy in the country. The article, written under the pen name “Citizen”, was removed by the authorities.In an account published online after he was released, Xu says: “Over the last ten years or so, so many Chinese have died in all sorts of black jails as a result of torture; what I was going through was nothing.”Ai Weiwei harassedFor the first time since his conditional release a year ago, the artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei was able to leave his home on 21 June without having to report to the police. However, on the very day on which his surveillance was due to end, the authorities imposed a new travel ban because of other charges pending against him, including pornography, bigamy and the illicit exchange of foreign currency.The pornography charge was prompted by a nude group portrait of the artist with four women which the authorities have classified as pornographic because of its wide distribution on the Internet, where it is reported to have been viewed more than one thousand times.Meanwhile, his prosecution for tax evasion is still progressing. On 20 June, police prevented Ai from going to court to attend a hearing. Uniformed and plain-clothes officers guarded his residence and studio in Beijing as well as the court entrance, also preventing journalists and friends of the accused from entering.Among the latter, Hu Jia decided not to go to the hearing given that Ai himself had been prevented from attending. Even Ai’s counsel Liu Xiaoyuan was not able to be present. The lawyer, out of contact from the evening of 19 June until the next day, said on his Twitter account that the authorities had forced him to leave Beijing sooner than he expected. Reporters Without Borders noted the extent to which art can be a means of circumventing censorship in China when it took part in a special event entitled “Art against censorship in China” on 17 April organized by the Liu Xiaobo Support Committee at the Jeu de Paume gallery in Paris.Hong Kong media within reach of Beijing’s long armThe central government may well have had a hand in an editorial decision by the Hong Kong English-language paper, the South China Morning Post, which published a story on 7 June on the death of the dissident Li Wangyang in suspicious circumstances. The article was reduced to a brief item and moved to a less important section of the paper.The Web-based newspaper Asia Sentinel quoted an exchange of e-mails between Alex Price, a sub-editor at the South China Morning Post, and the editor in chief Wang Xiangwei. The latter sent a curt reply to a question from Price about how the article was handled: “I don’t have to explain to you anything. I made the decision and I stand by it. If you don’t like it, you know what to do.”Although the newspaper later covered the case extensively, it could be an indication that the hand of Beijing was behind this act of self-censorship. The editor in chief responded to the controversy in an editorial on 21 June in which he said he had no desire to downplay the story of Li’s death.Reporters Without Borders is concerned that the decision may have been influenced by the Chinese government, which would be a blow to the independence of Hong Kong’s media.In addition, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (国家广播电影电视总局), issued a notice (Chinese / 中文) to provincial radio and television authorities on 13 June announcing a three-month campaign to “combat news extortion and clean up paid-for news”.The campaign is coordinated by the Central Propaganda Department and the notice refers to the need to “create a favourable climate for the successful opening of the Party’s 18th National Congress”, due to take place this autumn. Reporters Without Borders fears the campaign may have a negative effect on investigative journalism, even though this is not its stated aim. 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Steelers need to finish strong starting with the Chiefs

first_imgThe Steelers in the final stretch of the NFL season, coming off a bye week, need a strong finish to clinch a playoff berth. After 11 weeks the Steelers are tied with the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans for the best record in the AFC at 7-3. But to get home field, they must finish the season with a better record than the Ravens after losing twice to their arch rivals.The Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend 31-24 to move even with the Steelers, after losing to the lowly Seattle Seahawks. Because the Ravens haven’t been consistent, they could possibly lose one or two games over the final six, which means the Steelers need to finish 5-1 or no worse than 4-2 in their final six.They will come off their bye this weekend against the surprisingly poor Kansas City Chiefs, who after winning their division last season, are 3-7 and falling. This road game is followed by two tough home games versus the Bengals (6-4) and the Cleveland Browns (4-6), then they go on the road to face the most surprising team of the season, the San Francisco 49ers who have the second best record in the NFL at 9-1, just one game behind the undefeated Green Bay Packers. They wrap up the season at home versus the lowly St. Louis Rams (2-8) and the Browns again.If they play the kind of ball they are capable of they could be 6-0, but most likely 5-1, losing to the 49ers or Bengals. Can’t see them losing to both.The Ravens face the 49ers this week on Thanksgiving day at home, then finish the season with the Browns, Colts (0-10), Chargers (4-6), Browns, and the Bengals in the final game of the season. They should easily lose two games, the 49ers, Bengals or Chargers are the likely victors, but the way the Ravens have been playing it may be the Browns or Colts.AFC division leaders are the Patriots with a two game lead in the East over the New York Jets (5-5) and Buffalo Bills (5-5); the Texans are one game ahead of the Tennessee Titans (6-4) in the AFC South and the Oakland Raiders (6-4) are one game ahead of the Denver Broncos (5-5). Right now the Wild Card teams would come out of the North, the Steelers and the Bengals.The NFC is pretty much the same as the AFC. The North dominates. The Packers are undefeated and the two Wild Card teams would also come from that division with the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions both sitting at 7-3. Other division leaders are the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys tied on top of the East at 6-4, The New Orleans Saints (7-3) tops the AFC South with the Atlanta Falcons one game back at 6-4. No one is anywhere close to the 49ers in the NFC West with no other team having a winning record.The Steelers will probably finish 12-4 but where they finish depends on how well the Ravens play the remaining six games. An 11-5 finish may drop them right out of the playoffs.The Patriots will lose one, maybe two games, and the Texans, after losing their starting quarterback last week, will struggle which should give the Steelers home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.last_img read more

Facebook’s “Hovercards” Go Live with Extra Features

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Earlier this year, Twitter rolled out a new feature called hovercards, which offer a preview of a user’s information when you “hover” your mouse pointer over their username. Today, Facebook is getting its own version of hovercards and the feature looks to be going live site-wide. The feature, first noticed last April, gives Facebook users a quick way to get info and interact with users without leaving the current page and could alter the way we interact on (and off) the site.While the “hovercards” don’t seem to be live for everyone quite yet, an informal poll shows that the feature has gone live for many of you. According to Facebook, the feature went live in April but it now uses a larger box with a larger profile picture view and thumbnails of mutual friends. Simply hover your mouse pointer over a person’s name and a little box will appear after a few seconds that shows the larger picture, their name and a link to send them a message. If you’re not friends yet, you can also send a friend request directly from the box. If, in your daily (hourly?) Facebook navigtion, you’ve ever wondered who someone was but didn’t want to lose your place in the timeline, then you’ve likely opened up their profile in a new tab. The hovercards make this quick and simple now, offering a base level of information and some social context on how you may or may not know them.The feature increases the likelihood for users to make even more connections on the site, as a simple mouseover suddenly gives social context and increases the chance that you’ll click that “Add as Friend” link. Does someone look familiar? Maybe they have five mutual friends that you know from riding bikes around town or maybe they know the same people you know from college.Facebook’s hovercards go one step further in increasing interaction between its users and moving the site to a fully real-time experience, such as by making it even easier to send a message and interact without having to leave what you’re doing. Clicking on “Send a Message” opens up a window in the middle of the page without interrupting your browsing of the site.At the same time, we have to wonder why the new feature doesn’t go a few steps further. For example, you can see who someone knows, but why not what school they go to or where they work? Pending their privacy settings, wouldn’t these be helpful contextual clues on figuring out whether or not you want to interact with someone?The next step we wonder about, of course, is if we’ll begin to see this functionality offered off-site. Look just below this post, for example, and you’ll see Facebook’s “Like” button. If any of your friends like this article, you’ll see a picture of them and their name. How long will it be until the hovercard will make it here too? mike melanson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#social networks#web last_img read more

Lowly Cavs send Knicks to franchise-record 17th straight loss

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. (22) passes against New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The New York Knicks’ franchise-record 17th straight loss might have been the toughest one to take.The Knicks erased a 17-point deficit in the second half and had several chances to take the lead or tie the game in the final minute before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-104 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s incredibly hard,” said guard Dennis Smith Jr. “No one wants to lose, especially 17 in a row. Tonight would’ve been major for us if we’d have pulled it out.”Collin Sexton, who led Cleveland with 20 points, hit two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put the Cavaliers up by three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJohn Jenkins missed a 3-pointer from the right corner, but Smith grabbed the rebound and dribbled to the left corner. He also missed a 3-pointer and Larry Nance Jr. tapped the rebound to midcourt as time ran out.Luke Kornet, who hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, missed a wide-open 3 with 21 seconds remaining that would have put the Knicks ahead. “He’s doing some things that we’ve really missed over his absence,” coach Larry Drew said. “You can put him in the post and he can manufacture a shot and get to the free throw line. He moves out to the 3 against a bigger guy. He looks good. He’s moving very well.”Kadeem Allen scored a career-high 25 points for the Knicks. New York (10-46) has the worst record in the league, and has lost 25 of 26 and 30 of its last 32 games.Cleveland (12-45) broke a four-game losing streak.Kevin Knox scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for New York.Both teams are in the running for a prime spot in the draft lottery, which takes place May 14. The three worst teams in the league will have a 14 percent chance of getting the first pick in the draft and a shot at grabbing Duke center Zion Williamson.Phoenix (11-47) and Chicago (13-44) are also possibilities for a top-three pick.The Cavaliers led wire-to-wire and jumped to an 8-0 lead, leading Fizdale to use a timeout less than 90 seconds into the game.The Knicks, who traded injured star Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas on Jan. 31, have their longest skid within one season. New York lost 20 in a row over two seasons, March 23-Nov. 9, 1985.TIP-INSKnicks: Jenkins was signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day. He scored seven points in nine minutes. .. G Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) and G Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) remain out. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES “When you’ve got a chance at the end, if you don’t win, it hurts,” coach David Fizdale said. “We had a shot — actually two — and we got the look we wanted. It just didn’t go down. And before that, we got a real good look from one of our best shooters in Kornet.”Nance had 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson scored 15 points. Kevin Love had 14 points and nine rebounds in his second game since returning from foot surgery. The All-Star forward played 16 minutes, all in the first half. Love was 4 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and had nine rebounds.Love played Friday against Washington after missing 50 games. He scored four points in six first-quarter minutes.“I felt like the last game I wasn’t able to open up my lungs like I was tonight,” Love said. “It felt pretty good to get out there and feel like I got in some sort of rhythm.”Love said he thinks he’ll play Wednesday against Brooklyn in Cleveland’s final game before the All-Star break.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Wesley Matthews makes big 1st impression in Pacers win over Hornets ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cavaliers: F Tristan Thompson (sore left foot) likely won’t play until after the All-Star break. He has missed the last 12 games. … F Cedi Osman (sprained right ankle) was out for the fourth straight game. …. C Ante Zizic (sore lower back) was a late scratch.THAT’S A LONG STREAKThe Knicks’ loss gives them the 34th losing streak of at least 17 games in NBA history and the longest skid since the Memphis Grizzlies dropped 19 in a row last season.New York hasn’t won since a 119-112 victory over the Lakers on Jan. 4.A WINCleveland won for the first time this season with Love on the floor. He played the first four games in the Cavaliers’ 0-6 start and returned for Friday’s loss in Washington.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Fekir not joining Liverpool, Lyon confirm

first_imgTransfers Fekir to stay at Lyon after breakdown in Liverpool talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:18 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nabil Fekir Lyon Getty Transfers Liverpool Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 Premier League The attacking midfielder looked set for a £60 million move to Anfield but the French club insist he will be going nowhere this summer Lyon have confirmed that Nabil Fekir will stay at the club next season after a breakdown in negotiations with Liverpool.The Reds have long been in pursuit of the France international and were in talks over a £60 million (€68m/$80m) transfer deal with Lyon.Despite the Ligue 1 side’s assertion that a deal was not in the works, Fekir seemed Anfield-bound when French FA president Noel Le Graet said he had completed a medical at the national team’s facilities during their preparation for the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insisted this week that Fekir’s future would be decided after the World Cup, but the French club have since stated he will be playing in Ligue 1 next season, as a breakdown spiked a deal.”Olympique Lyonnais informs that the negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and that Olympique Lyonnais has decided to put an end to negotiations tonight at 20:00,” a statement read.The change is thought to have centred around the 24-year-old’s medical, as the clubs had reached an agreement for him the previous day. The Lyon captain suffered a knee injury in February which kept him out for six weeks and may have caused doubt.Lyon’s statement added: “Although Liverpool made the possible transfer of Nabil a priority, and [we have been] subject to other proposals consistent with the interests of Nabil and OL from ambitious clubs,”Olympique Lyonnais is delighted soon to be able to count on the presence of our captain, who is a leading player for this 2018-19 season, during which the club will play the Champions League as a third seed.”Fekir scored 18 goals and made eight assists in 30 top-flight games for Lyon last season and is contracted to the club until 2020. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Australian Women’s team on display on NRL Grand Final day

first_imgThere was plenty of Touch Football action to be seen on NRL Grand Final day at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. The Australian Women’s Open team commenced Grand Final day proceedings when they took to the field to showcase the sport against a team comprised of media identities, including Brett Finch and Matt Shirvington. The girls impressed the building crowd with their skills and ran out easy winners in their match. The focus then shifted to a special announcement, with Touch Football Australia and the National Rugby League announcing Harvey Norman as the new major sponsor for the NRL Touch Football product. To read more about this please click on the ‘related news’ section below. A key feature outside of the stadium saw a large Touch Football presence, with two live sites running all day for arriving crowds. Hundreds of children, and even adults, had their go at playing games of Touch Football or trying their luck at the passing targets throughout the day. Sydney Roosters mascot, Rocky and the Penrith Panthers’ Paws also had a run, proving that our great sport caters for everyone! To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia  Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the day – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksNRL Grand Finallast_img read more

Irani promises all possible help to kin of retired armyman beaten to

first_imgAmethi: Union minister and local MP Smriti Irani on Monday spoke over phone to the kin of a retired Army captain who was beaten to death by unidentified assailants here, and assured all possible help to the bereaved family.BJP’s Amethi district chief Durgesh Tripathi visited retired Captain Amanullah’s home on the directions of Irani, and facilitated the conversation between the bereaved family members and the union minister. “The MP assured every possible help to the members of the family. The police have also been instructed nab the culprits at the earliest,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Additional superintendent of police Daya Ram Monday told PTI, “It is not a case of mob lynching. Some people have been detained for questioning.” The 64-year-old retired Army captain Amanullah and his wife were attacked by a group of unidentified people with sticks who barged into their house on Saturday night in Godiyan ka Purva village. Amanullah died on the spot. Amanuallah’s wife told police that some people were trying to steal from a shop adjoining their house and when her husband objected and warned the perpetrators that he will inform police, they entered the house and beat him up. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday night hit out at the BJP government in the state alleging that it was not able to curb rising crimes. “The law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh is not in the control of the state government. While crimes are on the rise, the state government is busy covering them up,” she tweeted in Hindi. “This is an incident in my home Amethi. Will the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh find a solution to this problem or will it continue to sleep and cover up,” the Congress leader said. The Amethi Lok Sabha constituency was a pocket borough of the Congress party for many years. However, in the 2019 general election, BJP leader Smriti Irani defeated Priyanka Gandhi’s brother and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by a considerable margin.last_img read more

How To Work For Your Favourite Rapper

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Here is how to work for your favourite rapper:The first day of work is never easy. You hope that your new peers will like you; you hope your new boss will be impressed. Well, today is your first day at your new job… except your job is a cross-country rap-tour, your peers are world-class musicians and your boss, who invited you on said tour, has won a triplet of Grammy awards. He’s 24, and he’s your favorite rapper.As a 22-year-old yourself, freshly graduated, you harbor the powers of the internet and somehow secure the dream job from your thrifty confines in Sydney, Australia – a temporary shelter from the true responsibilities of the motherland – Canada. Life can happen as swiftly as a resume goes viral, and since your application happened to do so, about three weeks will pass before your first day on the job.“Welcome to the tour! What do you do here?” You’re not really sure, yet. But you’re excited anyway. “I’m the intern!” Advertisement Fortunately, your meager sense of professionalism will protect you from coming across as too much of a fan during your first encounter with your new colleagues, and boss. A littered table, a MacBook Pro (acting as a rolling tray), and several extended hands are the first things you encounter. Don’t say much; being known as that quiet new kid is better than being known as the ‘OMG do you remember the first thing that kid said to us??!?’-guy. Your new boss and his friends will take in the Bulls game before show time, so just chill. You’ll spend most of your first day quietly strolling about, meandering as if a regular – notebook out, diligently note-taking as if this will give the impression of a sort of established journalist rather than the internet-kid-turned-shitty-blogger that you are/were/may well become.The first few weeks will be blurry, abstract, and smoked out. Every experience eye opening; some burdening, most reddening. The hotel rooms are bigger than your future. Every time someone asks you “So… I know you’re the intern, but what do you actually do here?” you become less sure of yourself. What nobody will warn you about touring with 90 others is the loneliness. Individual loneliness, but collectively as well – impersonal, half-day rendezvous the crew will make at each venue or hotel will leave much to be desired. As a family though, the growth is rich. Around those deeply eased by each other’s presence, quickly, you will find comfort as well. You’re thankful for this family, even if you are never truly able to externalize these feelings besides rolling out of your bus-bunk each day and greeting everyone with whatever designated handshake you’ve become privy to.As your tenure continues, the daily happenings (consisting of: movie-club, games 21, chain-smoking Backwoods, and digesting barely-palatable catering) feel like second nature. As routine as the schedule may feel, the lifestyle will be anything but. Unforeseen circumstances constantly arrive and must be dutifully accounted for. Appointments will have to be re-arranged to accommodate story time with Dave Chappelle. You will have to fit in dinner time drinks with Fonzworth Bentley. Physical activity is a must – try hoops with the Migos ft. Myles Turner, or perhaps a private volleyball game at Bonnaroo. Downtime will consist of a quiet New York eve; a casual 5-star meal, family style, followed by GQ’s NBA Playoff viewing party should suffice. Twitterlast_img read more