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

100 new jobs announced in Limerick

first_imgNewsBreaking news100 new jobs announced in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – December 1, 2014 701 Twitter Print Email Linkedin SOME 100 new jobs have been announced in Limerick by Information Technology Shared Services, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Services.The company plans to create the new jobs through the creation of a Development Centre at the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Recruitment for the information technology positions will start immediately, and the positions are expected to be filled over the next two years.This investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland.Making the announcement Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, who has met Johnson &Johnson a number of times in Ireland and the USA since taking office, said:“Today’s announcement that Johnson &Johnson, one of the biggest names in thecorporate world, is creating a further 100 jobs in Limerick to add to the 2000 people they already employ across Ireland, is a great boost. Multinational investment plays a key part in our jobs plan, and in recent years we have seen a very strong performance in this area.”Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan said:“Limerick is a great place for foreign companies to locate – IDA Ireland will continue to work hard to make sure that the city continues to enjoy investments like this in the future.”Commenting on the announcement Finance Minister Michael Noonan TD said jobcreation is a priority for the Government.“Today’s announcement is another welcome boost for Limerick and further proof that the Governments strategy in relation to job creation is working”.center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Previous article#Video Seasonal cheer at Lough Gur Christmas villageNext articleIRFU target talent with sevens X Factor Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Smartphones ‘changing our brains’

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Smartphones ‘changing our brains’ by: By Michelle RobertsHealth editor, BBC News online – December 24, 2014 225 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.The scientists used something called electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity.They found distinct differences between smartphone users and people who used ‘conventional’ cellphones.Smartphone users had more attuned fingers and thumbs, based on their EEG readings.Of the 37 volunteers, 26 were touchscreen smartphone users while 11 used ‘old-fashioned’ mobile phones.EEGEEG measures and records the electrical activity of the brainThe EEG readings looked at the electrical messages sent back and forth between the brain and the hands via nerves.Multiple electrodes placed on the volunteer’s scalp recorded these exchanges about sensation.From this, the researchers were able to build up a picture or map of how much brain tissue is devoted to a given body region.The results revealed discernable differences between touchscreen smartphone users and people with conventional cellphones.Smartphone users had bigger EEG brain activity measurements in response to mechanical touch on the thumb, index and middle fingers.And this appeared to be linked to how often they used their touchscreens – the more frequent, the greater the EEG response.The researchers say their findings, published in the journal Current Biology, make sense given that the brain is malleable and can be moulded by experience.For example, in violinists, the brain area representing the fingers that play the instrument is larger than in non-musicians.The researchers suspect the same is true with smartphones – repeated use sculpts the brain.Study author Arko Ghosh, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich, said: “I was really surprised by the scale of the changes introduced by the use of smartphones.”He said the discovery underlines how commonplace smartphones have become in our daily lives.last_img read more

Judge OKs fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deal in college bribery scheme; Giannulli to get 5 months in prison

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — Judge OKs fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deal in college bribery scheme; Giannulli to get 5 months in prison. Associated Press August 21, 2020center_img Judge OKs fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deal in college bribery scheme; Giannulli to get 5 months in prisonlast_img

Crowds of undecided Iowans take measure of 2020 field

first_imgDES MOINES — The February 3rd Iowa Caucuses are just a month away and it’s clear many Iowans are still contemplating their Caucus Night choice.“The number one goal is to get Trump out,” Brenda Bachman said on December 28 as she waited in an eastern Iowa high school lunch room to see one of the candidates.She and her husband, Marvin Bachman, are undecided voters.“I’m promising all the pollers that I’ll make a decision in January,” Bachmann said.Dave Waters of Boone has met all the candidates and said on New Year’s Day that he’d be comfortable supporting any of them.“I’m not nervous one bit because there are so many good ones,” Waters said.His brother, Brent Waters of Perry, has sort of settled on a candidate.“But it could change ’cause I change my mind every day,” Waters said. “They’re all good.”Ray Harden of Perry hasn’t made a final choice yet either.“It’s going to have to be soon, isn’t it? The Caucuses are creeping up on us,” Hardin said.The Caucuses are 31 days away. Over the holiday, Rachel Boon of Grimes started trying to see the candidates in person, but she’s been reading a lot about the candidates online.“Higher education’s a really important to me, so I’m interested in student debt, college affordability,” she said, “also looking at income inequality.”Cedar County Democratic Party chairman Larry Hodgden of Tipton endorsed Kamala Harris in October, but she’s no longer in the race. He said there’s a lot riding on this decision.“No matter what our big ideas are, no matter what our goals are, we don’t get any of that done without winning the next election,” Hodgden said, adding he believes it’s important for Iowa Democrats to choose someone who can win the White House and lead a General Election ticket that helps Democrats win enough races to take majority control of the U.S. senate.Fourteen candidates remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Julian Castro ended his campaign yesterday. Marianne Williamson didn’t drop out, but she laid off all her staff on December 31.last_img read more