RSF: “Let’s not allow Beijing to stifle press freedom in Hong Kong”

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en News News Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the world’s democracies to take action to prevent Beijing from imposing a national security law in Hong Kong that will be used as means to prosecute journalists. Help by sharing this information PHOTO: ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP Receive email alerts The 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China this July 1st, comes at a time of deep concern for the future of freedoms in the former British colony. Despite China’s previous commitments, the Beijing regime is attempting to impose a national security law allowing it to intervene in the territory and crack down on anything deemed as “terrorism,” “secession,” “subversion” or “foreign interference”, all under the semblance of legality. In other words, any thought or action that contradicts the interests of the Chinese Communist Party will become prosecutable.If this project succeeds, it will not only deal a fatal blow to press freedom in Hong Kong, it will also mark a decisive step for the Chinese regime on its path towards the “new world media order” it pursues. Hong Kong, a former bastion of press freedom in Asia, 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.This period of decline for Hong Kong’s press freedom can in large part be attributed to the discrete accession of the majority of Hong Kong’s media by Beijing, either through direct  acquisition or through pressuring the advertisers that fund them.Press freedom violations have increased since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014, including knife attacks coordinated by pro-Beijing groups and incessant police violence at anti-government demonstrations. Despite her soothing statements, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has clearly shown that she puts Beijing’s interests before respect for press freedom, despite it being guaranteed by Hong Kong’s Basic Law.The concern of Hong Kongers for democracy and free public debate is legitimate and deserves our support. In 2003, half a million Hong Kong residents took to the streets in protest of a similar proposed national security law that was subsequently rejected. In July last year, two million residents, half of the active population, were part of protests that succeeded in the rejection of a proposed law that would have allowed extradition to China. According to a recent poll, the overwhelming majority (98%) of Hong Kong journalists, fear that the future national security law will be used against them. In the rest of China, crimes against “national security” are punishable by death and are being used as a premise for the detention of most of the 114 journalists currently imprisoned in China.If the national security law is given the go ahead, the extensive and systematic measures that suppress press freedom in the rest of China will be expanded to Hong Kong, which so far has largely been spared.  All the Chinese people will suffer, as the level of freedom in the former British colony has so far represented the maximum to which China can aspire. Therefore, any regression of press freedom in Hong Kong can’t but undermine hope of improvement in the rest of the country.Under the legally binding “one country, two systems” principle guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and registered with the United Nations, Hong Kong should enjoy “a high degree of autonomy” until 2047. If the world decides to abandon Hong Kong in its time of need, it will not only endanger the system that has allowed this international finance centre to prosper for so many years, it will also be giving Beijing free reign to ignore its other signed commitments and continue expanding its authoritarian and repressive practices throughout the world unchecked. Hong Kong is more than just a symbol that must be preserved. It is a region and a population whose freedom counts for the future of human rights all over the world. Regardless of the short-term cost, the world’s democracies must ensure respect for the principles of international law regarding freedom of opinion and expression. One never wins by yielding, by allowing others to trample over international promises and laws. History is rich with cases of weakness in upholding principles that have turned into tragedy. Let’s not allow history to repeat itself.Let’s not allow Beijing to stifle press freedom in Hong Kong.Christophe DeloireRSF secretary-generalThis Op-Ed was published in Apple Daily Hong Kong:in Englishin Chinese  News News Follow the news on Asia – Pacificcenter_img ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further June 30, 2020 RSF: “Let’s not allow Beijing to stifle press freedom in Hong Kong” Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Los Altos Auxiliary and Friends Raise a Glass in Support of Hathaway-Sycamores

first_img Business News Community News 200 guests attended the sold-out Los Altos Auxiliary “Wines of France” benefit at the picturesque La Cañada Thursday Club in La Cañada Flintridge. The 6th annual wine event, the largest fundraiser of the year for the 40-member group, raises funds for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.Guests, mingling under the oak tree shaded patio, enjoyed seven highly rated regional French wines, starting with a sparkling Crémant followed by crisp elegant whites and then moving on to heartier lush reds, including both a Bourgogne Blanc and a Vouvray and a Châteufneuf-du-Pape and a Côtes du Rhône. Light appetizers, prepared specifically to pair with the selected wines, were served and an impressive array of silent-auction baskets were on display for bidding.For the second year, volunteer culinary students prepared and served the food offerings under the direction of Chef Jamie Colboth-MacLeod from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Los Angeles. Los Altos also partnered with the new Gelson’s Market in La Cañada, who underwrote a generous portion of the food costs, along with Trader Joe’s La Canada and Broadleaf Game.Proceeds from the event, which was co-chaired by La Cañada Flintridge residents Michele Listo and Diane Poryes, will be used to help care for and brighten the lives of youngsters – many of whom have endured unimaginable trauma – who live at Hathaway-Sycamores’ El Nido campus in Altadena. (Hathaway-Sycamores is one of Los Angeles County’s largest, private providers of children’s mental-health services, delivering a comprehensive continuum of services to more than 8,700 children and families annually.) Nestled in the foothills of Altadena, the residential-facility provides therapeutic services and special education in a nurturing environment that fosters both healing and individual growth.To learn more about these organizations, please visit: and Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Make a comment 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Gatherings Los Altos Auxiliary and Friends Raise a Glass in Support of Hathaway-Sycamores STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 12:20 pmlast_img read more

After Sandy Hook dad’s apparent suicide, wife says he ‘succumbed to the grief that he could not escape’

first_imgGregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) —  After the father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim died by apparent suicide this week, his widow is speaking out, saying her husband “succumbed to the grief that he could not escape.”Jeremy Richman’s body was found Monday at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., where his nonprofit, The Avielle Foundation, had an office, authorities said. He was 49.In the Dec. 2012 shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, 6-year-old Avielle Richman, who was the only child of Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, was among the 26 people killed.After Avielle’s death, the couple had two more children.Hensel wrote in a statement posted to GoFundMe this week, “To parent our children without my champion shatters my heart and I will love my best friend forever. … Side by side since 1991, Jeremy and I walked a path of deep friendship, marriage, and parenthood.“He succumbed to the grief that he could not escape,” she wrote.After the Sandy Hook massacre, Richman and Hensel started The Avielle Foundation, a nonprofit “to study the neuroscience, the underpinnings of violence and the risk factors,” Richman said last year when he appeared on ABC News’ “10% Happier” podcast.“We wanted to prevent others from suffering the way that we were suffering,” Richman said at the time. “If there’s a hope that we can get somebody help before it’s another tragedy, then that would be everything.”Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a friend of Richman, told ABC News on Monday, “Jeremy spent his entire life trying to help people identify the warning signs of harm. And it tells you how complicated the brain is, that even Jeremy couldn’t figure out a way to get himself the help that he needed.”In the wake of her husband’s death, Hensel wrote, “The work of the Avielle Foundation is meaningful. But my champion and the love of my life is the person who had every tool in the toolbox at his disposal.”“Now we also honor Jeremy through the continued work of our foundation,” she said.The Avielle Foundation said in a statement Monday, “Our hearts are shattered and our heads are struggling to comprehend.”“Tragically, his death speaks to how insidious and formidable a challenge brain health can be and how critical it is for all of us to seek help for ourselves, our loved ones and anyone who we suspect may be in need,” the foundation said. “Jeremy’s mission will be carried on by the many who love him, including many who share the heartache and trauma that he has suffered since Dec.14, 2012.”If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cahill warns minors to ignore favourites tag

first_imgLiam Cahill’s team will have to get the better of Limerick in order to claim the Irish Press Cup.Following their big semi-final win over Galway the Premier County are red-hot favourites to win this afternoon.The Tipp boss says there are lessons to be learned from what happened in the 1987 final against an unfancied Offaly side.last_img

GOtv: Supporting Digital Migration March

first_imgBy Abolaji FijabiNigeria’s start-stop journey to full digital broadcasting continues with the public not having an idea of when the process will be completed. About 10 months ago, there was some movement when the Federal Government rolled out the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Enugu and Osogbo in continuation of its efforts to ensure transition from analogue to Digital Terrestrial transmission across the country.Reliable statistics from the DSO experience indicates that a total of 745, 480 STBs have been imported into the country. Of this figure, 566, 478 have been delivered, while 485, 409 have been sold. A total of 332, 095 STBs have been activated in Jos and Abuja.Earlier in the year at a DSO Stakeholders’ Retreat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Alhaji Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), stated that preparations for the launch in the two states were close to completion, adding that the launch would hold before the end of the first quarter of the year. He equally stated that the Federal Government’s plan had the objective of concluding DSO roll-out in 12 states. Prior to then, the government had launched DSO in Kaduna, Ilorin, Jos and Abuja.At the time, the NBC boss explained that a major impediment to the coverage of the states and territories where the DSO had been launched is topography.“Coverage is related to topography. Take an example of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It is a city of hills and undulating grounds. The signal distributor for Abuja has purchased feeder pillar transmitters, which will be installed for the entire Abuja and environs to be covered. The same thing applies in Plateau. The signal distributor has to put feeder pillar transmitter in places like Langtang for the entire state to be covered,” Modibo-Kawu explained.But this challenge is not encountered by customers of GOtv, the country’s leading Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service. The service already operates on the digital platform and has been rolled out in about 50 cities across 26 states in the country. This was made possible by the fact that at launch, GOtv adopted the most modern digital video broadcast technology, DVB-T2, which is a considerable upgrade on the first generation and now discarded DVB-T systems deployed by the earliest adopters of digital broadcast technology. The early adoption of DVB-T2 by GOtv effectively puts Nigeria at the head of the queue of digital broadcast technology in Africa.GOtv has equally been prominent in raising public awareness about the digital migration, most notably through the “Digilevelz Don Land, No Carry Last” campaign and hardware price slashes to broaden access to digital television. At N400, GOtv continues to give more Nigerians access to digital television at the most affordable rate. DSO will occur when there is transition from analogue TV to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting. The process came to life in 2006 when member countries of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in Geneva, Switzerland, reached an agreement to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by June 2015, the initial deadline. But Nigeria did not meet the deadline for a number of reasons. Missing the deadline, however, nudged the Federal Government into ramping up its efforts in that direction.Digital migration is the transmission of digital television signal over the earth from masts to home receivers. When the switchover takes place, television viewers will require set-top-boxes (STB) or a digital television set in to receive television signal. An STB is often called a decoder.By acquiring an STB compatible with DVB-T2, the second-generation broadcast technology, with or without monthly subscription or by a digital television set, a television viewer will be able to receive signal when the DSO takes place.DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) is the standard for digital television that has been adopted in most countries in ITU Region 1, where Africa falls.Among the numerous benefits of digital broadcasting are greatly improved audio-visual quality and availability of bigger number of channels to viewers, including access to Free-to-Air at the expiration of subscription.That GOtv operates on the latest technology platform also prevents its signal from deprecating in bad weather. Equally, the hardware (decoder and antenna) can be self-installed, making the use of an installer not absolutely necessary.This is in addition to offering top class local and international channels broadcasting content such as news, movies, sports, documentaries, series, children entertainment and education for a maximum of N3, 200 on GOtv MAX. GOtv Lite, at N400 per month for 23 channels, still remains the cheapest DTT price offering on the landscape.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016)–Favored Danzing Candy made short work of eight rivals and established himself as a serious Derby contender in taking Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature by 5 ¾ lengths while covering a flat mile under Mike Smith in 1:36.73.Breaking from post position six, Danzing Candy, who is conditioned by Cliff Sise, was hustled to a contending position by Smith, made the lead approaching the three quarter pole and then opened up on his competition turning for home, winning in-hand in only his third career start.“I like him a lot,” said Smith when asked if he thought his mount was a top-tier Derby hopeful. “Once he starts (breaking) better, then we can place him and then I think he’ll really be nice. He doesn’t have to be in front. I’m having to kind of use him there early and it puts him on the lead, but I don’t really want to be there.“The first time I won on him (maiden win going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26), I told Cliff ‘This might be the one that takes us that way.’ So far, I can’t say anything different today than I did then, other than today was even more impressive.”Off at even money, Danzing Candy paid $4.20, $3.20 and $2.80.A dark bay or brown colt by Twirling Candy, Danzing Candy was bred in Kentucky by Halo Farms and is owned by Halo Farms, Bashor and Bashor. Triple Crown nominated, Danzing Candy picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $68,650.“He ran good,” said Sise. “We’re staying home here at Santa Anita with him. He seems to like this track. The San Felipe (Grade II, $400,000 at 1 1/16 miles March 12), would be next. He’s so smooth. And, when someone comes up to him, he just takes off again.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, French Getaway was last into and around the first turn and made a steady late run to finish second, a head better than Semper Fortis. The third choice in the wagering at 6-1, French Getaway paid $5.40 and $3.60.Semper Fortis, who broke from the far outside with Mario Gutierrez, was caught four-wide throughout and just missed the place in a big effort as he finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of Shred the Rules. Off at 29-1, Semper Fortis paid $7.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.14, 46.60, 1:11.10 and 1:23.66.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. GRADE II SAN FELIPE STAKES ON MARCH 12 IS NEXT ON ROAD TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBYlast_img read more