Journalist Li Yuanlong gets two years in prison for “subversive” Internet articles

first_img Related documents liyuanlong.pdfPDF – 128.85 KB Organisation News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific News News News Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more 中文版本Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay at the sentence of two years in prison and two years loss of civil rights handed down today by a court in Bijie in the southwestern province of Guizhou on journalist Li Yuanlong of the Bijie Ribao daily newspaper for “inciting subversion of the state” in articles he posted on the Internet.The organisation also condemned the way the authorities took Li’s family hostage to make him write a “confession” for the trial, which was held in May although the verdict was not issued until today.“Li just did his job as a journalist by reporting on the hardships experienced by the poorest sectors of the population in the Chinese countryside,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He even raised funds to enable children to go back to school. It is an outrage that a person of such courage and integrity is being sent to prison.”Li’s lawyer, Li Jianqiang, said today on 64Tianwang : “The verdict and the entire judicial procedure are completely senseless. The Bijie court was accountable to higher authorities, which is the reason they took so long to issue a verdict.” He added that, despite everything, “this sentence is relatively light compared with other similar cases” and that he would discuss the possibility of an appeal with the family.Li’s family spent several months without any news of him following his arrest on 29 September 2005. He was finally formally charged on 9 February, but then his trial was postponed three times. According to a journalist writing for Boxun, the Guizhou Public Security Bureau needed all this time to prepare a case against him.In the end, the bureau reportedly kidnapped his wife and held her in a hotel room for 10 days and detained his 16-year-old son for a week in order to force him to write his “confession,” a 20,000-word document in which he admitted to “defaming the socialist system.” It was cited by the prosecution during the trial.Li posted many essays on the Internet in which he criticised the shortcomings of contemporary Chinese society and called for more freedom and democracy. Two of his essays, entitled “Becoming American in Spirit” and “The Banal Nature of Life and the Lamentable Nature of Death,” were considered particularly “serious” by the Communist Party of China.The party also criticised his reporting. “Li Yuanlong interviewed many poor children who were not getting any schooling,” his wife said last January. “The publication of his reports had a big impact and helped collect fund to pay for them to go back to school (…) The local party nonetheless banned him from publishing his interviews, accusing him of showing society in a negative light.”————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Receive email alerts to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more July 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Li Yuanlong gets two years in prison for “subversive” Internet articles ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Elizabeth Cropper awarded I Tatti Mongan Prize

first_imgElizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and president of the Renaissance Society of America, has been awarded the I Tatti Mongan Prize.The prize, in honor of Agnes and Elizabeth Mongan, was founded by a gift from Melvin Seiden ’52, LL.B. ’55, in 1986. It is given to a scholar of Italian Renaissance art, French art, drawings, and connoisseurship who carries into a new generation the qualities of imaginative scholarship, personal generosity, and devotion to the institutions of art history that were exemplified in their own generation by Agnes and Elizabeth Mongan.Elizabeth Cropper received a B.A. from Cambridge University, England, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. She has been a professor at Johns Hopkins University since 1985.Agnes Mongan (1905-96) was a distinguished curator and connoisseur of drawings ranging from the Italian Renaissance to the 19th and 20th centuries in France. Among her many positions, she served as curator of drawings at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, and then as director from 1969 to 1971. Elizabeth Mongan (1910-2002) was a connoisseur of prints and drawings and the first curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, the finest collection of prints then in private hands.last_img read more

Cycling season pedals off at the National Park on Saturday

first_imgTHE 2017 cycling season will pedal off on Saturday at the inner circuit of the National Park with the 24th edition of the Ricks & Sari Agro Industries Limited-sponsored 11-race meet from 09:00hrs.Organised by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, the event, as is customary, will have the BMX age group races, including the 6-9, 9-12, 12-14 Boys and Girls and Open.After that the Junior/Juvenile, Mountain Bike and Veteran categories will show off their skills, before the final race of the day – the 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational.Last year’s main event was won by Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony in one hour 18 minutes 38.90 seconds (01h: 18m: 38.90s).Other winners last year were: Ronaldo Narine, Junior Niles, Andrew Spencer, Monty Parris, Romello Crawford, Seon Budhan, John Niles, Simon Chee and Adealie Hodge.Representatives of Ricks and Sari Agro Industries will be on hand to witness the races and assist in the presentation of prizes at the conclusion.last_img read more