Denial of visas and harassment of journalists sympathetic to Sichuan Quake victims

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more September 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Denial of visas and harassment of journalists sympathetic to Sichuan Quake victims See the interview given to HBO last May: Reporters Without Borders deplores the Chinese government’s refusal to issue visas to two US filmmakers, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill, thereby preventing them from attending yesterday’s screening of their documentary about the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake, “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” at the Beijing Independent Film Festival. The film examines the collapse of many schools in the earthquake and the difficulties encountered by the families of the victims in addressing their complaints to the government.“Their kids had been buried when the school collapsed,” Alpert said in a recent interview, explaining a scene in the documentary (). “In their town, almost all the other buildings remained standing (…) And the parents began asking why the school collapsed. Was it a shoddy construction, was it corruption? And nobody gave them any answer. They started to get angry and started marching.”Reporters Without Borders said: “While screening the documentary at a Beijing festival is laudable, denying visas to its two American makers is absurd. It is linked to the growing difficulties for foreign journalists and Chinese human rights activists to work in the areas affected by the earthquake. The openness displayed at the time of the quake is now unfortunately over.”Officials at the Chinese consulate in New York offered Alpert and O’Neill no explanation for the refusal to give them visas late last week but it was almost certainly linked to their film about the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated the southwestern province of Sichuan on 12 May 2008 and their work with its victims.Alpert and O’Neill arrived in Fuxin, near the Sichuan capital of Chengdu, 10 days after the earthquake. O’Neill told Reporters Without Borders about the grief and anger of the parents of children who were killed when Fuxin School No. 2 collapsed. “By the end of the week, we feltthat the police were monitoring all the school sites and all the parents we were speaking with,” he said, adding: “We decided to send a copy of our footage out of the country.”They sent the footage to HBO, the network for which they made the documentary. The decision was fortuitous because on their return to Chengdu: “We were surprised to be surroundedby approximately 30 plainclothes police men and women (…) We spent the next 8 hours at the Chengdu police headquarters where we were interrogated.”O’Neill hailed the courage and determination of the Beijing Independent Film Festival’s organisers. “The parents had been hoping that our presence (at the festival) might force the authorities to take a public position on the causes of their children’s deaths.” Eighteen months later, acting as a spokesperson for the families of the victims has become very risky. Huang Qi, a Chinese cyber-dissident who criticised the organisation of relief aid on his website, has been jailed since June 2008 on a charge of “illegal possession of state secrets.” To see the latest communiqué about HuangBlogger Tan Zuoren has been held since 28 March on a charge of inciting state subversion () for trying to calculate the number of children killed in the quake, for which no official figure has ever been given. Police prevented two Hong Kong journalists, Wong Ka-yu and Wu Siu-wing from covering the opening of his trial in Chengdu on 12 August by not letting them leave their hotel. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who had wanted to testify in his favour, was also prevented from leaving his hotel.Many foreign journalists were manhandled and expelled from the worst-hit areas on the first anniversary of the earthquake.Other censorshipWith less than a month to go to celebrations planned for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October, censorship is increasing.The Propaganda Department has ordered the Chinese media to carry only the official news agency Xinhua’s version of the situation on the Burmese border, where around 30,000 Burmese civilians have reportedly fled the country following clashes between Burmese government forces and rebel groups. Foreign journalists have been prevented from entering refugee camps on the Chinese side of the border.The Communist Party’s censors also instructed the leading news media not to cover the recent protests and rioting about serious cases of pollution in the southern provinces of Fujian and Yunnan. News March 12, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Follow the news on China Organisation News News RSF_en last_img read more

Limerick has highest rate of births outside marriage

first_imgWhatsApp Previous articleMary Davis labelled a ‘blocking’ candidate for Fianna FailNext articleSimon week to raise awareness of homelessness admin Email Linkedin Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick has highest rate of births outside marriageBy admin – September 28, 2011 567 center_img Print Advertisement MOTHERS who gave birth in Limerick city were among the youngest in the country, and Limerick also had the highest rate of births outside of marriage.New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 119, more than half, of the 231 births registered in the city in the first three months of this year, were born to women who were not married at the time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This represents 50 per cent of the births, the highest percentage per head of population in the country.And Limerick city mothers were among the youngest in the country, with an average ago of 29.4 years, and an average age of 31,9 years in the county.But four in 10 who were not married at the time of giving birth said they were living with the child’s father.The figures for the county show that of 182 of the 609 births registered- almost one third – were to unmarried women, a figure lower than the national average.And there were 38 babies born to women from Limerick who were 40 years of age or older.The youngest were 11 woman from the city and one from the county, who were under 20 when they gave birth. .The majority of births in the city – 74 – was recorded amongst women aged between 30 and 34. In the county the corresponding figure was 242.In the same three months, there were 153 deaths registered in Limerick city and 240 in the county.The highest cause of death in the city was heart disease, which claimed the lives of 46 people, and in the county the highest number of deaths – 88 – were due to the same cause.Eleven city people and nine from the county died due to accidents or other external causes. Twitterlast_img read more

How to survive a sick day at work

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Wishing you were home in bed instead of stuck behind your desk? Sometimes no matter how badly you want to crawl under the covers, you’re required to be at work. Here are a few tips for keeping your colleagues from getting what you have, and for surviving the entire workday.Prioritize tasksChances are you’re not firing on all cylinders when you’re feeling ill. So, start the day by listing your duties in the order of importance. Decide what you absolutely need to get done that day and what can wait until you’re feeling better. That way when the day is done, you’ll know that you completed what was necessary, making for a productive day.Be considerateYour colleagues may giggle when you show up to the office with Clorox wipes, Lysol, and hand sanitizer, but they’ll be thankful when your preparedness keeps them from getting sick. Keep your workspace sanitized as well as any common areas you come in contact with (for example, the microwave). Also, just because you’re under the weather doesn’t mean common courtesy and manners should go by the wayside. Excuse yourself when blowing your nose instead of doing so while your coworker is on a conference call.Stop complainingWhen you arrive to work and you’re sick, chances are your colleagues will figure out immediately that you’re not your old self. There’s no need to remind everyone every 15 minutes of how sick you are. Keep your condition to yourself and get through the day. Others will appreciate it if you’re able to power through and despite your illness, hold up your end of the bargain at the office.last_img read more