Hong Kong: Under the National Security Law, no journalist in the world is free from China’s violent retribution

first_imgNews RSF_en ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts PHOTO: ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges democracies to do everything in their power to compel Beijing to withdraw the law that allows it to charge any journalist writing on Hong Kong of endangering national security, an accusation that can result in life imprisonment, or even the death penalty if tried in China. center_img On June 30th, in blatant violation of its international agreements, Beijing went through with the introduction of its national security law in Hong Kong which deems “terrorist activities”, “secession”, “subversion” and “collusion with a foreign country” punishable by life imprisonment, or even by the death penalty if the case were tried in China. This punishment is applicable to all journalists regardless of where in the world they are based. In China, most of the 114 journalists and press freedom defenders currently detained have been arrested or sentenced on similar accusations.”This grotesque regulation, that is widely open to interpretation, not only gives the Beijing regime a tool to harass and punish journalists in Hong Kong under appearances of legality, but it also allows China to intimidate and threaten news commentators abroad with incarceration, says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head, who calls on democracies “to take immediate action to prevent Beijing from stifling Hong Kong’s press freedom and establishing the ‘new world media order’ it has been pursuing.” This new law, just as ambiguous and vague in its original Chinese version as the English translation, has entered into force immediately after its enactment and has the potential to be applied to any journalist writing on Hong Kong, no matter whether or not they are based in the territory (Article 38). In the case of trial in Hong Kong, journalists face consequences as severe as life imprisonment and, although the word “extradition” is never mentioned, the law reserves the possibility for trials to be conducted in the People’s Republic of China, where crimes against national security are punishable by the death penalty (Article 55). The law also reserves the right for certain trials to be held out of the media and public gaze (Article 41).Under these “catch-all” crimes, the writers of Headliner, a satirical television show recently cut from the public media group Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) for mocking the police, could have been charged with the crime of “subversion”. Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times, who was expelled from Hong Kong in 2018 for having served as a moderator at a debate held by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club featuring a pro-independence activist, could have been accused of promoting “secession”. The journalists Ma Kai-chung and Wong Ka-ho, who currently face charges of rioting for documenting the brief occupation of the Legislative Council building last year, could have been charged with “terrorist activities”. In order to enforce the new law, the Beijing regime plans to establish an Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong (Article 48) in charge of supervising the media and the activity of foreign correspondents (Article 54). It also plans to create a Committee for Safeguarding National Security (Article 12) operating out of the jurisdiction of local courts (Article 14) and that therefore will be able to freely engage in intimidation and surveillance of journalists and their sources.Hong Kong, a former bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in the World Press Freedom Index in 2002 when the Index was first created, to its current positioning in 80th place; the People’s Republic of China remains near the bottom of the index, ranking 177th out of 180 countries and territories. Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 10, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News News July 2, 2020 Hong Kong: Under the National Security Law, no journalist in the world is free from China’s violent retributionlast_img read more

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Indy may play host to the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this spring

first_img Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter Indy may play host to the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this spring The NCAA says they are looking into staging the entire 68-team men’s basketball tournament in one geographic location in March and April.Negotiations have begun to make that place the City of Indianapolis.NCAA Committee Chair Mitch Barnhart says watching other sports leagues stage their championships in a single location helped drive the decision. In the interest of safety for players and support staff, a centralized location for the tournament is preferred.Senior VP Dan Gavitt says Indy tops the list, but there’s a lot of work to do before it’s settled. Gavitt says the league already has a strong relationship with the city, which is one of the factors that makes the city the lead candidate. Pinterest Twitter By Tommie Lee – November 16, 2020 1 289 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Previous articleShipshewana closes Town Hall to public through the end of the yearNext articleNotre Dame employee charged with 2nd degree murder in Washington D.C. Tommie Leelast_img read more

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COVID-19: IKEA Indonesia temporarily shuts flagship store

first_imgThe furniture giant would ensure the best possible outcome following the closure of its flagship store in Alam Sutera, she added.IKEA Indonesia, which is a subsidiary of publicly-listed retail company PT Hero Supermarket, had previously been allowed to maintain its operations, as it was considered a business providing essential products.However, concerns were raised over what appeared to be a large number of visitors in video footage depicting a packed parking lot at the Alam Sutera store, which went viral on social media on Sunday.Dan ini bagaimana??? pic.twitter.com/9ksZpzd52J— Fathimah Aza (@IffahAlqadrie) May 9, 2020Another video shows visitors lining up for temperature checks at the entrance of the store on Saturday.Suasana antrean masuk IKEA Alam Sutera, Pinang, Kota Tangerang, yang ramai untuk pemeriksaan suhu tubuh pengunjung sebelum masuk gedung. Selama PSBB, IKEA Alam Sutera beroperasi dari pukul 11.00 hingga 20.00 WIB. pic.twitter.com/CWazIvbfL6— About Tangerang (@AboutTNG) May 9, 2020 “The number of visitors is relatively low compared to what we’ve recorded under normal circumstances. The queue took place at the store’s entrance where visitors lined up for temperature checks yesterday,” Ririn said. The number of its online customers had increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, she added.Ririn went on to say that IKEA had implemented various measures to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection among visitors and employees, such as providing access to hand sanitizer and ensuring a safe physical distance.The Banten provincial administration imposed PSBB on Tangerang regency and municipality from April 18 to May 3.As of Sunday, Tangerang confirmed 209 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths linked to the disease. Overall, 14,265 people have been recorded as infected in Indonesia, with 991 dead.The second IKEA store in Sentul City, Bogor, West Java, remains open, according to Ririn.“It is still open for the time being. We’re still considering our steps,” she said.Topics : Sweden-based furniture retailer IKEA has temporarily shut its store in Tangerang, Banten, over concern that the outlet could be a place of COVID-19 transmission while public authorities are enforcing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the region.IKEA Indonesia spokeswoman Ririn Basuki confirmed to The Jakarta Post that the company had agreed to close down its first brick-and-mortar store in the country following a request from local authorities to comply with the region’s PSBB.“IKEA prioritizes the health and safety of our visitors and workers by complying with government regulations, including the PSBB,” Ririn told the Post.last_img read more

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The Latest: Olympic qualifying for beach volleyball extended

first_imgThe Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators.The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project.___Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries.The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The system will otherwise remain the same.Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.The FIVB world tour is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.___Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Olympic qualifying for beach volleyball extended The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times.He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___ Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them.The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches.___ May 13, 2020last_img read more

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Trojans slip past Orange

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Perhaps a weather delay was just what No. 2 USC needed in order to get its stagnant offense going.In front of an announced crowd of 39,507, Syracuse held USC (2-0) to 71 yards in the first quarter, with Barkley throwing for just 27 passing yards. The Trojans also attempted three fourth-down conversions in the first, converting only one on a sweep by sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee.No. 2 and No. 9 · For the second straight week, a USC wide receiver registered over 200 all-purpose yards. Junior Robert Woods ran wild against Syracuse, amassing 93 receiving yards and a 76-yard run. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“A lot of praise for [Syracuse],” Kiffin said. “This is a good team that we were coming to play today … Give those guys a lot of credit for playing really hard.”But after Saturday’s 69-minute weather delay, the Trojans exploded for 28 points in the second half. Behind six touchdown passes, which tied his career high, senior quarterback Matt Barkley led the Trojans to a 42-29 win over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Though Lee shined brightest in the season opener against Hawai’i, junior wide receiver Robert Woods upstaged him against Syracuse, hauling in 10 receptions for 93 yards and adding a 76-yard run.Kiffin also made reference to the fact that playing in an NFL stadium on the other side of the country made things difficult.After a slow first quarter, USC’s luck turned in the second quarter when the senior signal caller hit sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee for a 13-yard touchdown. Barkley also found junior wide receiver Robert Woods down the sideline with a little more than a minute to go in the half. Barkley finished with 187 yards passing on 23 completions.“[Barkley] played really well,” Kiffin said. “Once again, weird environment today, weather issues, wind issues, and I thought he took care of the ball really well.”The Orange put their first points on the board as time expired in the half, and USC was leading 14-3 — but then the clouds came.Fans were forced to stand inside the stadium while the players and coaches left the field for more than an hour as intense rain and storms passed overhead. During the delay, Barkley said the team was calm and relaxed.“I put my feet up, put my headphones on,” Barkley said. “I took my pads off. I knew it was going to be longer than five or 10 minutes.”After the delay, Barkley found Woods for a four-yard touchdown with 11:38 left in the third. With quarterback Ryan Nassib at the helm, Syracuse pulled to within five points after Barkley threw his first interception of the season.Entering the fourth with the game close at 21-16, Barkley threw a touchdown to sophomore tight end Xavier Grimble, who bounced off four would-be tacklers to get into the end zone.Through two games, the Heisman hopeful has thrown 10 touchdowns to only one interception. Barkley’s six scoring tosses Saturday matched USC’s single-game record and put him at a career total of 90 touchdowns — just nine shy of Matt Leinart’s school record.Despite Barkley’s touchdowns, it was a Robert Woods run in the fourth quarter that got everyone in the stands on their feet.Woods took a reverse up the left sideline and cut all the way across to the right before being tackled by a Syracuse player after a 76-yard gain.“Coach Kiffin called a reverse, [we had] been practicing it the whole week,” Woods said. “[I] hit the edge — great block from Marqise [Lee] — two cuts, and I just tried to race down the sideline.”He finished with 76 rushing yards, 93 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. Lee had 66 yards receiving and three touchdowns.Barkley capped off his night with a scoring toss to Lee with 5:45 left in the game to put the game at 42-22. The Orange would score late to make the final tally 42-29.The defense held up its end of the bargain Saturday night, forcing Nassib, the nation’s leading passer, to throw two interceptions, both of which were caught by sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey. Bailey took charge of the defense when the game got close and finished the game with eight tackles.“I am one of the leaders of our defense,” Bailey said. “We huddled up and got the message across that we had to come up with a stop and put the ball back into our offense’s hands. We have one of the most explosive offenses in the country, and they exploded in the second half like we thought.”The Trojans head back to the West Coast for next week’s game against Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. on Sept. 15. The contest will be USC’s Pac-12 opener.last_img read more

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