Chinese go further, faster and higher with media crackdowns two years before Beijing Olympics

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on China August 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese go further, faster and higher with media crackdowns two years before Beijing Olympics 中文版本When the Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing two years from today, on 8 August 2008, neither the Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG) nor the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be in a position to guarantee that the thousands of journalists covering the event will be able move about freely or write what they think, although the Chinese authorities promised they would.Reporters Without Borders is outraged that, 730 days before the start of the Beijing Games, the Chinese authorities are able to continue a crackdown on the press with virtually nothing being said by the IOC or the national Olympic committees. Nothing seems capable of eliciting a reaction from the Olympic bodies, not even restrictions on the foreign press.”This silence allows the Chinese government to shamelessly continue its massive human rights violations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Already marred by corruption, the preparation of the games has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, which officials say is necessary to make sure they are safe.” The press freedom organisation also fears that all the surveillance and crowd-control equipment that China has bought from US, Israeli and French companies to ensure security at the games, will afterwards be used for repression.As part of the preparations for the Games, the Chinese government has established an arsenal of laws and regulations that impose very strict content control on journalists, website editors and bloggers. There is no guarantee that the Chinese and international public will get unrestricted and impartial coverage of the Beijing Games.For example, current regulations, which were reinforced in April by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), ban the Chinese media from using foreign news agency video footage without government permission. Under these circumstances, disinformation by the Chinese media before and during the games is inevitable.So the sadly unforgettable scenarios of Berlin in 1936 and Moscow in 1980 could easily be played out again in Beijing.Further and furtherThe prolonged detention of New York Times researcher Zhao Yan and Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong have shown that journalists working for the Chinese press are not the only targets of the crackdowns. The government also turns its sights on the foreign media whenever they do anything to upset it.The foreign journalists who are based in China or come on visits continue to be subject to police control. Everyone is aware of the surveillance, including the phone tapping. One might have expected China to keep its promise to the IOC to guarantee the media’s freedom of movement. But this has not happened.”In no other major country is there so much control over foreign journalists,” says Jonathan Watts of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China. Dozens of foreign journalists – both visitors and those based there – are detained, threatened or attacked each year. “We are unable to give an exact figure at the moment, somewhere between 50 and 100 a year, but the number of journalists prevented from working by force is a problem that should be raised at the highest level,” says Watts. The Foreign Correspondents Club still lacks official recognition and therefore has no premises of its own in Beijing.The Chinese foreign ministry refuses to make any changes to the Foreign Correspondents Guide, which says any journalist must request prior permission before leaving Beijing to cover something in the interior. Georg Blume, the correspondent of the weekly Die Zeit, was detained for five hours by the Chinese police last month while looking into the building of a dam in the southern province of Yunnan. He was forced to destroy some of his notes and sign a statement undertaking to leave the area.The deplorable practice of blacklisting journalists has still not been abolished. For example Le Monde retired correspondent Jean-Claude Buhrer, who resides in Switzerland, has been banned from entering China because of his articles about Tibet.The Chinese police continue to jail, attack or intimidate Chinese citizens who talk to the foreign press. The most dramatic recent case was that of Fu Xiancai, an activist on behalf of people displaced by the Three Gorges dam. He has been left paralysed by an attack that took place after he left a police station where he had been threatened for giving an interview to a German TV station. The official enquiry into the attack concluded that Fu inflicted the injuries on himself in order to appear to be victim.Faster and fasterThe increase in control of Internet content means there is little hope that Internet users and online journalists will be able to offer much of an alternative to all the propaganda that will be deployed to the full during the Games. Censorship and self-censorship are the rule on the Chinese Internet and the authorities recently launched a wave of website closures that have included China Century and Polls.Freedom of expression declined sharply on the Chinese Internet after new regulations were issued in September 2005 by the Council of State’s information bureau and by the ministry of industry and information. Condemned by many Chinese intellectuals and journalists, these “11 Commandments of the Chinese Internet” have led to the closure of dozens of news websites for violating the constitution, hurting China’s reputation, spreading rumours or on other pretexts.There is concern that the arrests of bloggers, cyber-dissidents and Internet users will increase on the eve of the Games. Around 50 are currently detained, some of them serving sentences of more than 10 years in prison.Higher and higherAt President Hu Jintao’s behest, the ruling Communist Party’s Publicity Department (the former Propaganda Department) has reined in several Chinese media that were considered too liberal. The Beijing News daily was targeted first. Then the famous weekly Bing Dian’s editor, Li Datong, was fired.The Chinese authorities had been expected to try to become more transparent before the Games. Instead, they are now planning to step up news censorship in times of crisis. A recent draft law provides for heavy fines for publishing unauthorised news reports about industrial accidents, natural disasters, public health catastrophes or social unrest. A senior Council of State official hinted that this censorship could also apply to the Hong Kong and foreign media. The bill would have a dramatic impact on public health and coverage of social issues, and has been criticised in many quarters.If the bill is adopted, an epidemic or industrial accident taking place before or during the 2008 Games could go completely uncovered.Other repressive measures have been adopted in recent months. In May, for example, lawyers were threatened with reprisals by the bar association if they gave information to foreign journalists about sensitive matters such as political prisoners.Despite China’s undertakings to the World Trade Organisation, the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) decided in April to step up controls over illegal foreign publications and to freeze the granting of publication licences to joint-ventures. The media are accused of disrupting the market and of having a “negative impact on the public.” So it is hard to imagine how the foreign media would be able to have a presence in the Chinese market in 2008.Two years to actAs a matter of urgency, the IOC, national Olympic committees, governments and journalists’ organisations should all start pressing the Chinese authorities for concrete progress. Reporters Without Borders proposes 10 urgent measures:1. Release journalists and Internet users detained in China for exercising their right to information.2. Repeal article 15 of the Foreign Correspondents Guide, which restricts the freedom of movement of foreign journalists.3. Withdraw censorship measures from the draft law about the management of crisis situations.4. Disband the Publicity Department (the former Propaganda Department), which exercises daily control over content in the Chinese press.5. End the jamming of foreign radio stations.6. End the blocking of thousands of news and information websites based abroad.7. Suspend the “11 Commandments of the Internet,” which lead to content censorship and self-censorship on websites.8. Scrap the blacklists of journalists and human rights activists who are banned from visiting China.9. Withdraw the ban on Chinese TV stations using foreign news agency video footage without permission.10. Legalize independent organisations of journalists and human rights activists.In 2001, Reporters Without Borders launched www.boycottbeijing2008.net in 2001. Exactly two years before the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders calls on Olympic committees and journalists’ organisations to put pressure on the Chinese authorities to improve the situation for the press in China. The organisation points out that a crackdown on journalists is being stepped up and fears it could also be applied to foreign journalists who come to cover the games. 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Jokowi’s traditional attire draws attention to forced eviction of indigenous group

first_imgVarious organizations condemned the East Nusa Tenggara administration’s “repressive” approach toward the Besipae indigenous community, who refused to give up their customary land in Pubabu forest, which the administration claimed as its own. Djemi Amnifu contributed to this story from Kupang. To celebrate Independence Day on Aug. 17 at the Presidential Palace, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wore an indigenous outfit from Timor Tengah Selatan regency, East Nusa Tenggara. His choice of attire has brought attention to a land dispute that after years has resulted in the forced eviction of an indigenous community in the regency.Several media outlets ran headlines drawing a connection between the outfit the President wore on Independence Day and the forced eviction, which occurred one day later. The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) said in a statement that joint personnel from the police and public order agency had destroyed dozens of Besipae community settlements built within the Pubabu forest in Linamnutu village of Manuban Selatan district, Timor Tengah Selatan.The incident took place on Tuesday, causing 37 families to lose their homes.”The security personnel verbally and physically abused the community during the forced eviction. They particularly targeted women and children. Witnesses heard three gunshots along the way,” the statement said.AMAN secretary-general Rukka Sombolinggi condemned the incident, calling it “a violation of human rights”. She urged the administration to use a persuasive approach rather than a repressive one.center_img The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) released a statement after meeting the community about the dispute recently. Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara vowed “to soon arrange a visit to the site” to help find a solution to the case.The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) separately explained that similar violence had also occurred in February, in which joint security personnel forcibly expelled three families living in a building claimed by the East Nusa Tenggara administration as its asset.The dispute had apparently lasted for years, after logging in Pubabu forest had depleted the clean water source of the community, a document from Walhi said.The Besipae community on Aug. 17 in Timor Tengah Selatan, East Nusa Tenggara. (Courtesy of ITA-PKK/-)In 2013, when an agreement between the community and the East Nusa Tenggara administration regarding use of the forest ended, the conflict escalated.In 1987, the Besipae community, which had inhabited the forest for generations, gave authorities permission to use the land as a cattle farm, under a collaboration with the Australian government. The agreement was supposed to end in 2012.Two years before the expiry date, however, local authorities proposed an extension. It was rejected by the community, which wanted to return the forest to its “Nais Kio” (prohibited area) status. Nais Kio, according to the Besipae group’s customs, is intended as a habitat for wildlife and should not be managed by anyone. Hunting is prohibited on the land.The administration issued in 2013 a certificate of right of use over a 3,780 hectare area in the forest, which eventually triggered a conflict with the community. Authorities then intimidated the community before forcing them to leave the land, Walhi said.East Nusa Tenggara head of regional revenues and assets, Zeth Sony Libing, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the administration had provided 800 square meters for the 37 families to use.They planned to use 3,780 ha to cultivate moringas and keep cattle. “The administration holds a land certificate to use this land,” he said, claiming that the 37 families had “squatted” on the land.Besides the 800 sq m, East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat had permitted the 37 families to work on the 3,780 ha as long as they did not claim ownership of it.Sony claimed that the 37 families were “newcomers” who wanted to profit from the land. He also claimed that the administration had the right to use the land after an indigenous figure, Raja Nabuasa, gave the land to the administration. Raja Nabuasa is dead now.The Walhi head in the province, Umbu Wulang Tanaamahu, told the Post that the families were members of the indigenous community, not newcomers occupying the land like Sony claimed. Topics :last_img read more

Kayla Treanor, Halle Majorana named to All-ACC first team

first_img Published on April 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse attacks Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. SU attack Kailah Kempney made the second team.Treanor has 45 goals, which ranks 17th in the country, and 20 assists this season. The junior also earned All-ACC first-team honors last season. After being a Tewaaraton Award finalist last season she was placed on the award’s watch list again in February.Treanor was also named this week’s Inside Lacrosse player of the week after totaling eight goals and six assists against Louisville and Albany.Majorana ranks second in the ACC with 28 assists and has scored 38 goals this year for SU. After transferring from Maryland, she has started and scored a goal in every game this season.Kempney is the Orange’s all-time leader in draw controls and has broken the school record for draw controls in a season for the third time with 142. Her 28 points rank fourth on SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 9 Syracuse (11-6, 3-4 ACC) will face No. 3 Boston College (14-2, 5-2) in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia. Commentslast_img read more

Edin Džeko among Five Best Players of the Premiership Season

first_imgThe famous sports portal Bleacher Report ranked the B&H national team player and member of Manchester City, Edin Dzeko, as one of the best five players of the pre-season Premiership players. Džeko from super replacing became a super starter in the team of citizens. Although they spent more than 100 million euros to get Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetić and Alvaro Negreda, B&H representative player is the person who had the greatest impact on the current preseason results of England.Džeko arrived at the Etihad in January 2011 and for the coach Roberto Mancini, Džeko was not always the favorite one. Despite the fact that in most of the games he was replacing, last season Džeko was the top scorer for City, scoring 14 goals in 31 games.Its preseason tour, City practically started with the American tour, where they met twice with another Premier league, Chelsea. In these two games Džeko scored three goals.After that, the B&H representative was presented very good in Asia, where his team won the Barclays Asia Trophy in two games against South China and Sunderland, thanks to goals scored by Edin Džeko.Džeko was brilliant even during the match against Milan for the Audi Cup and with his two goals, Džeko was declared the Player of the match.During the engagements in Villarreal, the current coach of the City Pellegrino based the game on a single attacker, Diego Forlan. Whether Džeko will be in the team of citizens, it remains to be seen. As it started, before him is a great season, much better than the last one.It should also be noted that among five players who have provided the most so far in the preparatory match are Nicklas Helenius from Aston Villa, Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simon Mignolet from Liverpool and Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

House passes $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan, will include new round of payments

first_imgThe House of Representatives passed on a $3 trillion stimulus bill late Friday, which would provide funding for state and local governments, and send a second $1,200 check to most American adults.Democrats passed the bill by a small 208-199 margin despite the opposition from Donald Trump, and Republicans. According to reports, fourteen Democrats opposed the bill, and one Republican voted for the bill.“The HEROES Act is a critical $3 trillion-dollar rescue for our front line workers, cities and states, our small businesses, and it creates the kind of modern day safety net I have been fighting for with so many brave allies in and outside the U.S. Congress,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro during floor debate on the legislation.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California called the rescue package a “Democratic political messaging bill” that had “no chance of passing the Senate.”  And the White House has threatened a veto of the bill as currently written.The bill has been criticized heavily by Republicans and declared “dead on arrival” by President Donald Trump.The bill made history as the largest relief package in U.S. history, which includes funding for state and local governments, coronavirus testing, and another distribution of payments to Americans. The rules for the $1,200 payment changed this time around. Single filers would still get $1,200 and $2,400 for joint filers, but filers would also be eligible for $1,200 per dependent, but filers can only claim three dependents for the money, according to Vox. It would also provide stimulus payments to immigrants, an idea that was opposed by the GOP and is not likely to become law.Additionally the bill will include:$200 billion for a “Heroes fund” that would provide “hazard pay” to essential employees such as front-line health care workers, $75 billion to beef up testing, $10 billion for emergency grants to small businesses through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program,  COBRA subsidies to workers who have lost their health insurance because they’ve been laid off, extension of weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through January and $175 billion to help renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related cost.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University to Host High School Students at Latino Youth…

first_imgSaint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 under­graduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s University The Latino Youth Summit will be held at Saint Martin’s University on November 8.Saint Martin’s University will host 300 high school students as they gather on the Lacey campus Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the Latino Youth Summit: Explore Your Dreams/Explora tus sueños.Students from Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties will participate in a variety of workshops during the day-long summit, which is designed to deliver a message of hope, education, future life choices and careers. The summit also underscores the message that there is no one path to success.“The Hispanic Roundtable and the LYS volunteers believe in the power of community and exploring your dreams of the future for all of our Latino students,” says Selina Gomez-Beloz, president of the Hispanic Roundtable of the South Sound.“For the first time in the history of the Latino Youth Summit, parents will be an active part of our day, which will include important workshops on education and resources,” Gomez-Beloz adds.The workshops will cover a multitude of topics, including applying for college and financial aid, immigration, financial literacy, insights into specific careers such as trades, teaching, public safety and health care, and fostering healthy relationships.In addition, teachers and guidance counselors will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits by attending workshops during the summit, according to Gomez-Beloz.For more information about the event, please contact Giovanna Graciani at hispani[email protected]last_img read more

Watch: Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes a stunner as West Indies crumble again

first_imgAdvertisement w08NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrftyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l5anWould you ever consider trying this?😱c887w6vCan your students do this? 🌚3wepRoller skating! Powered by Firework India won their second ODI against West Indies on Sunday by 59 runs through (DLS) method, at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored a ton once again (his 42nd) with young Shreyas Iyer (71) accompanying him when the team was struggling for a partnership. Advertisement  Advertisement Bhuvneshwar Kumar led India’s second innings with a match winning figure of 4-31. The highlight of his spell, however came in the 35th over, when he took an astounding return catch to send Roston Chase home. Chase tried to manage the good length delivery to his leg side which ended up in a leading edge. The Indian pacer dived full-length to his left and took the catch single handed.  Advertisement Watch the stunning catch here:Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and his decision seemed justified as he dominated the Caribbean bowlers with his showstopping 120 off 125, becoming the second highest Indian run-scorer in ODI format as India completed their batting on 279 for seven.With rain halting the play, a revised target was set of 270 from 46 overs. West Indies were on top with 179 for four in the 35th over. But Kumar’s two quick wickets crashed their hopes as West Indies were all out on 210 with four overs to spare.West Indies’ in-form batsman Nicholas Pooran, tried to change the course of the game with his 42 but after his dismissal, panic triggered and the side lost four wickets for just three runs in three overs. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ex-England captain Wilkins dies aged 61

first_imgWilkins played 84 times for England between 1976 and 1986.His playing career also took him to AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Glasgow Rangers and Queens Park Rangers.He coached QPR, Fulham and Jordan as well as becoming caretaker manager at Chelsea when Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in 2009.Wilkins, who had been employed as a TV pundit, also worked alongside Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge and was assistant when Carlo Ancelotti took over.Manchester United tweeted: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wilkins played 84 times for England between 1976 and 1986. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 4 – Former England and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has died at the age of 61 following a cardiac arrest, his former club Chelsea announced on Wednesday.“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed,” the club said on Twitter.last_img read more

Humboldt State football kicks off season with international friendly vs. CETYS Universidad

first_imgArcata >> Rob Smith has never been in this kind of position before as a head coach.Smith’s Humboldt State football team takes the field for the first time against CETYS University at 6 p.m. tonight at the Redwood Bowl. Although, when it comes to this one counting in the win-loss column, it won’t, with the Jacks playing the first-ever exhibition game of Smith’s coaching tenure in Arcata.It’s an international friendly, sure, but it’s also the one and only in-game tune-up for HSU before it opens …last_img read more

Red Sox power to World Series victory over Dodgers, take Game 1

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits an RBI fielders choice to score Brian Dozier during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson fails to catch a hit by Boston’s Andrew Benintendi (not pictured) during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Dodgers …last_img read more