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Censorship reaches new heights

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific In Hubei province, three papers — Changjiang Ribao (长江日报), Chutian Jinbao (楚天金报) and Wuhan Wanbao (武汉晚报) – were censored and strongly rebuked by propaganda officials for reprinting an article from the economic paper Caijing (财经) about a major corruption scandal.The Propaganda Department also ordered the media on 15 February to reduce its coverage of child kidnapping, which has alarmed the public in recent times. Follow the news on China Organisation Heavy censorship of the Middle East uprisingsKeywords such as Jasmin (a call for a “Jasmin Revolution” in China has been made), Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and democracy have been blocked in search-engines. Demonstrations on 20 February in Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and a dozen other cities, organised through online appeals, were cracked down on. Journalists were barred from covering them, police turned out in force and online attempts to discuss them were blocked. An open letter from the organisers of the protests, posted on the foreign-based website Boxun.com, adopted the demands of the Middle East rebellions and called on the government to be more open and to reduce censorship. “Protests will only grow if these issues are not tackled and the authorities simply continue to censor the Internet and block news in an effort to prevent demonstrations,” it warned. The letter was addressed to the National People’s Congress (the country’s parliament) which meets on 5 March for its annual session.President Hu Jintao called for new censorship as part of an eight-point (8点意见) social monitoring strategy at a conference on 19 February, urging provincial leaders to step up online monitoring and develop new ways to “channel online opinion” so as to improve social “harmonisation,” a term the authorities often use to mean censorship. Government propaganda officials clamp down on sensitive subjects to give impression of stability The Propaganda Department has recently forced many journalists out of their jobs for writing “false news”. Investigative journalist Long Can (龙灿) was fired on 21 January from the Sichuan province daily Chengdu Shangbao (成都商报) and a colleague, Li Jianjun (李建军), dismissed on 17 February for criticising the move in print. The history magazine Kan Lishi was forced by Sichuan propaganda officials to fire journalist Ma Lan (马兰) for an article he wrote challenging the government version of the 1937-45 Sino-Japanese War. to go further RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img News News News June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Reporters Without Borders today denounced the Chinese government’s “gagging” of the population with increased censorship and other “unacceptable practices” that it said seemed to aim at “stamping out all forms of freedom of expression.” Even as China became the planet’s second biggest economy, it still suffered from very serious environmental pollution and the authorities were targeting human rights campaigners by investing in the world’s most sophisticated censorship apparatus, known as “The Great Firewall,” the press freedom organisation said. February 23, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Censorship reaches new heightslast_img read more

Mayawati attacks BJP govt over farmers cane dues

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Monday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over rising cane arrears to farmers, asking why it cannot act tough against the erring sugar mill owners. “How can the UP sugarcane farmers be happy and prosperous when their arrears amount to Rs. 10 thousand crores ? This is a matter to ponder on. Anti-farmers and pro-capitalist BJP government need not make wrong claims,” Mayawati said in a tweet. “Why is BJP not acting tough against the mill owners like the BSP government and getting all the arrears of the farmers cleared?” she asked. On Sunday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers and alleged that ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) were only working for the rich and are not bothered about the poor. She had also shared a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Elaborate traffic arrangements in place for IPL match in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, pedestrian movement and safety of persons in and around the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground here, which will host an IPL T-20 cricket match on Thursday, officials said. The match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will be played at the ground between 8.00 pm 11.30 pm. “Limited parking is available for labelled vehicles in the proximity of the stadium and no vehicles would be allowed to be parked on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to I.P. Flyover (both the carriageways) on the day of the match,” a traffic advisory said. Vehicles parked on these roads shall be towed away and prosecuted as per law, the advisory added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor unlabelled vehicles, ‘park and ride’ facility has been created at Mata Sundari Parking, Shanti Van Parking and under Velodrome Road, it said. All buses will start their services two hours before the match and will continue till one hour after the start of the match. The bus service from the stadium to their respective destinations will start as soon as the game ends and will continue for an hour after the match ends, a senior traffic officer said.last_img read more

South India got stepmotherly treatment will play key role in voting out

first_imgNew Delhi: Alleging that south India received “step motherly” treatment under the Modi government, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the south will play a key role in voting out the ruling dispensation and “overwhelmingly” side with the Congress. Emphasising that all sections of the country are equally important to the Congress and have been equally sought after, he said party president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad sent a message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of southern states will not be ignored at the Centre. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “I think the south will definitely play an instrumental role in deciding the political fate of the country, particularly in the context of voting out the present ruling dispensation, under whose tenure, the south has an understandable case of step-motherly treatment under the Centre,” Tharoor told PTI in an interview. He alleged that in the last five years of BJP rule, there has been a “widespread assault” on the spirit of cooperative federalism which has held the country together since Independence. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “This is partly on account of cultural factors such as the beef ban and the drive to impose Hindi as a national language, but also because of larger issues such as the uproar regarding the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which has implications on the financial and political security of the southern states,” he said. The Congress, particularly with Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from the south, has made a very effective outreach towards the southern states, the former Union minister said. The Congress chief contesting from Wayanad has sent a clear message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of these states will not be ignored at the Centre, least of all under a potential prime ministerial candidate who will be elected from the south, Tharoor said. “As my own experiences in Kerala tell me, this message has been widely and popularly received and it is clear that the south will overwhelmingly side with the Congress as the most credible alternative to the present ruling dispensation,” the 63-year-old leader said. Tharoor, who is seeking a third straight Lok Sabha term from Thiruvanathapuram, which went to polls on April 23, also asserted that there will be a coalition government at the Centre after the elections and that the coalition is more likely to be UPA-3 rather than an NDA-3. “The fundamental fact that the performance of the BJP in 2014, where they secured 282 seats, is based on simple mathematics, a performance that is impossible for them to repeat, even if they had been highly successful in government, which they were lamentably not,” he said. “Given how poorly they performed in government, the scale of the frustration and disappointment with their performance is immense and is likely to result in a significant reduction in their seats,” he claimed. Tharoor contended that the BJP will be forced to turn to regional parties for support to form a government, but most of those potential partners would be unwilling to offer their support, given how their concerns and voices were “diminished and marginalised” under the Modi-Shah regime of the last 5 years. “Many of those who had joined the NDA got their fingers burned — many subsequently left their erstwhile alliance with the BJP or openly bickered with them. This sends a clear signal that allying with the BJP comes at a heavy price,” he claimed. In contrast, the Congress has presented a compelling and credible narrative across the country and has implemented an effective and energetic campaign during the current elections, he said. This, along with the rising anti-BJP wave and the Congress’s historic record and capability of working with regional partners makes it clear that when the coalition government is formed, it will most definitely be the return of the UPA, Tharoor asserted. On whether Rahul Gandhi could be the front-runner for being the opposition’s prime ministerial choice, he said Gandhi is the party chief and if the Congress gets a majority, he will be PM. “If the government is a coalition, obviously this is a decision that will jointly be taken by leadership of the parties that constitute the coalition and will take place through established processes and conventions,” he said. This is only likely be discussed once the results of the election become clear, he added. However, Tharoor said Gandhi has all the right qualities to make an excellent Prime Minister for the country.last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball uses strong second half to beat Michigan 6150

Ohio State junior guard Raven Ferguson (31) dribbles the ball during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won, 75-60.Four players scored in double figures for the Ohio State women’s basketball team Thursday, as the Buckeyes took down Michigan, 61-50, in Ann Arbor, Mich.OSU (13-9, 3-3) was led in scoring by junior guard Raven Ferguson, who came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-14 shooting.The game started off much like the first meeting between the two squads, which took place on Jan. 5, in Columbus, as the Buckeyes once again shot poorly from the field in the first half – just 28.6 percent.The Buckeyes found their stride in the second half.OSU shot an impressive 60 percent from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes, while holding the Wolverines to 29.4 percent shooting.Despite being outrebounded and turning the ball over 18 times, the Buckeyes’ reserves dominated, as junior guard Maleeka Kynard and Ferguson combined for 28 of OSU’s 30 bench points while Michigan only received six points from their bench.Kynard, who averages just 14.2 minutes per game this season, played a career high 31 minutes and tied a career-high with 12 points in the win.Likely due to her improved play of late, senior center Ashley Adams earned a start over fellow senior center Darryce Moore and was one rebound shy of a double-double, recording 11 points and nine rebounds in the Buckeye victory. It was Adams’ eighth start of the season.Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston, who leads the team in scoring this season with 17 points per game, scored just 11 points, seven of which came at the free throw line.Michigan was led in scoring by junior guard Shannon Smith who scored a game-high 17 points.The Buckeyes will attempt to keep the momentum from win over their rival going Sunday, as they are scheduled to play Michigan State (12-7, 4-2) at 12:30 p.m. read more

Lacazette urges Ramsey to extend his contract

first_imgAaron Ramsey has just 12 months left on his contract with Arsenal and the situation around him remains unclear – but his teammate Alexandre Lacazette claimed that he should extend the contract and stay.The French striker believes that the Wales international is kind of a legend at Emirates and he should stay at the club to help with the rebuilding phase and be one of the true leaders.The former Lyon striker spoke about Ramsey as he said, according to Standard:“Ramsey is really important. Aaron is there for maybe 10 years, he’s a legend in the club so we have to be respectful for everything he has done.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Of course with his quality, he can help the team to be better.”“He’s an example for all the young players. Of course, we need Aaron in the team.”“I hope and I think you’ll see a better Alexandre Lacazette than last year. Now I have one year in the Premier League, of course, I will be better.”last_img read more

Sterling praises Sanchos work ethic

first_imgRaheem Sterling paid tribute to Jadon Sancho’s work ethic and insists he’s unsurprised on how quickly the teenager’s adapted at EnglandThe 18-year-old winger made his international debut for the senior England team in Friday’s goalless draw at Croatia by replacing Sterling for the final 12 minutes.Despite the short amount of time on the pitch, Sancho left observers impressed with his seamlessly transition into the Three Lions squad.But Sterling, who trained alongside the youngster at City before his switch to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, insists that it is of no surprise to him.“He is a really good talent and someone I’ve thought highly of since the first time I saw him at Manchester City when he was training with us in pre-season,” said Sterling, according to the Irish Mirror.“I thought highly of him – his work ethic and what he does with the ball. I know him really well and he’s someone that is really modest but when he’s on the field he wants to express his ability.”Sterling also backed Sancho’s shock decision to leave for Germany last year.“For someone so young to back themselves to go abroad is a credit to them,” he added.“To go abroad so young and back yourself, that shows a lot about the person. He could have taken the easy route and stayed at City but he saw himself developing better.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That’s what it’s about in football – you have to judge your own situation and he did that perfectly and all credit to him.“He has knuckled down in Germany and, when you’re that age, it’s probably something you need. To have that seclusion and be by yourself a bit and to concentrate solely on football. I’m really happy for him.”After Friday’s match, the England squad had a break at the team hotel with Sterling and Sancho getting involved in a video game showdown between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Playing as Juventus, Sancho led the Italian side to a 3-1 win over Sterling’s PSG – which the latter certainly didn’t enjoy come the full-time whistle.We all know that friend 👋😂🤣#Sterling #Sancho #FIFA #FIFA19[🎥IG/sanchooo104] pic.twitter.com/eraKZXU4WY— Xtra Minute (@XtraminuteTV) October 14, 2018last_img read more

Appointment of New Court of Appeal Judge

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #NewCoAJudge Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NewCoAJudgecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On Thursday 2nd February, 2017, the Honourable Mrs. Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor, Dr. John Freeman CMG as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal. Mrs. Justice Weekes was appointed to the Court of Appeal in September, 2016 for a term of 3 years.Also present at the swearing-in of the new judge were the Chief Justice, the Hon. Margaret Ramsay-Hale as well as the President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Mr. Justice Elliott Mottley and the Honourable Mr. Justice Humphrey Stollmeyer, the other Justice of Appeal sitting in the current session of the Court of Appeal.Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for eleven years until her retirement in 2016. She was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago (Criminal Jurisdiction) in 1996 where she presided for nine years before being elevated to the Court of Appeal. Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Justice Weekes served with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for eleven years and in private practice from 1993.  She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School at which she was the Course Director in Ethics from 2011-2016.Justice Weekes is a trained and experienced judicial educator having become a fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in 2000. She has designed and delivered programmes extensively in Trinidad and Tobago and also in the OECS and Jamaica over the years.last_img read more

Deputy Chief of Mission of Israel to Belize and The Bahamas Pays

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Chief of Mission of Israel to Belize and The Bahamas, Mr. Alon Lavi  paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry, and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette at the Ministry on Monday, 16th October, 2017.(BIS Photo/ Kristaan Ingraham) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img