News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific After speaking yesterday with Zeng Li, the wife of imprisoned cyber-dissident Huang Qi, Reporters Without Borders today publishes a transcript of her comments, in which she describes his arrest as “unfair and unacceptable.” “Huang is the victim of the Chinese judicial system’s lack of independence,” Reporters Without Borders said. News Chronology 中国 – “黄琦所做的一切不过是任何在他位置上的中国公民都会做的事”无国界记者发表被囚禁三个月的网络异见者黄琦之妻的呼吁。 RSF_en “Huang Qi is a cyber-dissident and online journalist who has fought hard in recent years so that the inhabitants of Sichuan can have access to better information. He has exposed the injustices they have suffered, and none of his articles has been disputed by the authorities. During the earthquake, his work helped to improve the humanitarian situation. He did everything he could to get equipment where it was needed and to help transport relief aid. He did what any Chinese citizen would have done. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Various political leaders and the government have said on several occasions that the human rights situation would improve in China. But the authorities have not kept their promises and they maintain their repressive policies towards freedom of expression. And now they have taken Huang Qi’s freedom of expression away from him. It is absurd. After speaking yesterday with Zeng Li, the wife of imprisoned cyber-dissident Huang Qi, Reporters Without Borders today publishes a transcript of her comments, in which she appeals to the international community and describes his arrest as “unfair and unacceptable.”Huang has been held since 10 June in Chengdu, the capital of the western province of Sichuan, for posting articles on his website 64Tianwang (www.64tianwang.com) about the humanitarian situation in the province after the 12 May earthquake and how international aid was mismanaged by the local authorities.“Huang is the victim of the Chinese judicial system’s lack of independence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The proceedings are not advancing and his family has no choice but to wait until the authorities deign to look at his case. His lawyer’s requests to see him are being denied, he has not been able to get any medical treatment although his health is deteriorating, and no date has been set for his trial. We support his wife’s appeal and we reiterate our call for his release.”Huang was charged three weeks ago, on 18 July, with “illegal possession of state secrets” but he will not be allowed his first meeting with his lawyer until 18 September.The following is a transcript of Zeng’s comments (to be heard in Chinese). April 27, 2021 Find out more 1999: Creation of the 64Tianwang website, with the original aim of posting information about people missing in Sichuan province. Huang Qi still has very violent headaches as a result of the mistreatment and torture he underwent the last time he was imprisoned. He is being held in the absence of any valid legal grounds and he is being treated in an inhumane manner that violates the basic principle of human dignity. Within Huang Qi’s family, we worry a lot about his health. Thanks to Reporters Without Borders, we hope this appeal will be heard and diplomatic means will be deployed to end this situation.” News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation 2005 : Huang Qi is free20 May 2008: Huang posts an article on the 64Tianwang site criticising the Chinese media’s coverage of the earthquake: “The reports we are seeing are biased. In reality, it is very difficult for NGOs to deliver food aid. They are obliged to go through government channels. The government is using its propaganda to portray itself as a saviour to little avail. Few citizens trust the government because of the corruptions scandals that already occurred during similar disasters in the past.” 2000 – 2005: Huang is arrested on 3 June 2000 and is given a five-year prison sentence on a “subversion” charge for posting articles on his website about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre that were written by exiled dissidents. He is tortured while held in Nanchong high security prison.2003: Reporters Without Borders and French journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor meet his wife and son in Chengdu (see “I know my husband is innocent” interview).2004 : Reporters Without Borders awards Huang its “Cyber-Freedom” prize for defending free expression and human rights online. 10 June 2008: Huang is arrested by three policemen in Chengdu and is held in the city’s main prison.10 July 2008: The police confirm to his family that the results of their investigation have been passed to the prosecutor’s office, which now has three months to reach a decision.18 July 2008: Huang is formally charged with “illegal possession of state secrets” (see the official document).18 September 2008: Huang will be allowed to see his lawyer, Mo Shaoping, for the first time. All of Mo’s requests to see him have until now been refused. to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts September 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Huang Qi did what any Chinese citizen would have done in his place” China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Follow the news on China Huang Qi posted articles on his website that included statements by parents who lost their children when schools collapsed during the earthquake. This is what fueled the anger of the authorities and it was for this reason that he was arrested. He is charged with ‘illegal possession of state secrets.’ It is a totally unfair and unacceptable decision. Help by sharing this information
Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsBishop Brendan’s Lenten messageBy Bernie English – February 18, 2015 669 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Previous article#newmusic DJ/Producer MESCNext articleJape headlines Seoda birthday Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print TAGSBishop LeahyLentlimerick Advertisement the farmer what diedThe Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has urged the people of the diocese to use this Lent to address indifferences they may have to faith, to others and to themselves.In his Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy also called on the public to include ending the indifference that many now hold for charities following the controversies of late 2013 during Lent.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bishop Leahy said that Lent should not always be about what people are not going to do but also about what they are going to do. Taking the cue from Pope Francis in his recent Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy said that the Pope’s reference to “a globalisation of indifference” in our world today is very apt.“For many, Lent is the annual season to check out those areas of our personal or social lives which we have become indifferent to.“Take charities, for instance. There was so much controversy last year about how some charities are run that, without realising it, we might all have become a little more indifferent to charities. Why not consider giving more to charities this Lent?“The Catholic Church’s agency, Trócaire, is well worth supporting but there are many others too. The important thing is not to be indifferent to the needs expressed through those charities.“Indifference doesn’t just apply to charities. We can get so used to hearing about the problems in the Middle East that some switch off in an indifference to the issue of peace and the plight of Christians in that part of the world. When ethical debates begin around us, there’s a temptation to become indifferent to searching for what is true and right.“Because of the failures within the Church, we can, understandably perhaps, become indifferent to the Catholic Church, its teaching and sacraments. And yet, the Church itself has so much to offer us.“Issues relating to abuse of drink and drugs have become so prevalent that we shut out the issues and ignore them. And yet we know the havoc they wreak in society. None of us can afford to say I can do nothing to help.” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
With the NBA Playoffs well underway, NPR is helping music fans fulfill their basketball jones with a pro-shot live performance of “Game Winner”, written and performed by Joey Dosik, the multitalented singer-songwriter-pianist-saxophonist best known for his work with Vulfpeck. The clip is as satisfying to watch as it is to listen to, as a camera pans around Dosik, showing beautiful angles of the guitar-packed confines of the venue and the electronic light display over the keyboard that corresponds to his playing in real time.As the post from NPR notes:NBA playoffs on your mind? There’s no better time to watch Joey Dosik perform the title track from Game Winner, his EP love songs inspired by basketball written after suffering a knee injury during a pick-up game. Watch Dosik perform from Big Wrench Piano Care in Brooklyn.Dosik, a well-noted basketball fan, often uses “Game Winner” as a vehicle for basketball-oriented narrations and other hijinks during his live performances. Dosik’s comrades in Vulfpeck wound up liking the song so much that they recorded a version of the track for Thrill of the Arts in 2015. Dosik now plays that song and others with Vulfpeck during many of their performances. He’s also had the distinction of singing the national anthem ahead of a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, a highlight for any basketball lover.Joey Dosik – “Game Winner” – NPR Night OwlYou can head to Joey’s website for more information on his various upcoming and ongoing projects.
Mikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 1:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Advertisement Willian was primarily used on the right under Lampard (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)While the length of Arsenal’s offer is believed to have been the key driver of Willian’s move to the Emirates, Arteta’s plans for him have clearly influenced his thinking and he’ll at long last get to star in a central role that he has craved. AdvertisementAdvertisementWillian is set to sign a three-year deal with the club, though he’ll take a slightly salary cut from his £120,000-a-week deal with Chelsea to earn around £100,000-a-week at the Emirates.The winger was reportedly in north London on Monday to complete his medical with the Gunners and the club are likely to announce his arrival later this week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWillian will become Arteta’s first signing of the summer but the Spaniard may have to sell before spending any money.The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been put up for sale.Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth season running and they announced in February – before the coronavirus pandemic hit sport – a loss in operating profit.MORE: Alexis Sanchez’s dream Manchester United reunion under threat after injury against Bayer Leverkusen Advertisement Willian is set to play centrally at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans on using Willian in a central position next season after the Brazilian completes his move to the club from Chelsea.The 32-year-old departed Stamford Bridge this week after seven years in west London.The Brazilian was predominantly used as a right winger at Chelsea, despite playing under five different managers during his time at the club. However, Willian’s always felt that he was used incorrectly at Chelsea and that his best position is in a more central role behind a centre forward.ADVERTISEMENTArteta clearly agrees and the Spaniard plans on using Willian in a no.10 role next term, according to the Mirror. Comment