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Another journalist arrested as Tiananmen anniversary approaches

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of another independent reporter in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. The latest victim is Xiang Nanfu, a regular contributor to the New York-based news website Boxun. The official news agency Xinhua reported yesterday that he has been held since 3 May on charges of supplying “fabricated information” that “seriously harmed” China’s image.“We demand Xiang’s immediate release and reject the baseless charges against him and his news media,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “His arrest, which follows that of the journalist Gao Yu, shows that the authorities are taking a harder line and are reinforcing repressive measures and censorship in the run-up to the commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre.”Xinhua quoted the police as saying that Xiang, 62, had been transmitting false information to Boxun since 2009, especially about land confiscation and police violence, and had been paid large sums of money by the site. Launched in 2000, Boxun often carries reports on sensitive subjects and is therefore censored in China.According to Xinhua, Xiang has confessed to his crimes. His confession was filmed and broadcast on television, a procedure already used with Gao Yu on 8 May and with the Xinkuaibao journalist Chen Yongzhou last November.The police said Xiang could be charged with “disturbing public order,” which is punishable by a fine or a sentence of up to five years in prison.China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific May 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist arrested as Tiananmen anniversary approaches center_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Organisation Receive email alerts News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisonlast_img read more

Tired of scandals among the powerful

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What’s wrong with America?Every day either in the newspaper or on the television, we hear of another man stepping down because of his poor decisions. And it’s always somebody who took an oath to someone or something.What’s happened to good, decent people among the powers that be? Are there any left? The scandals of all kinds have got to stop. The world is watching.So, please look in the mirror and like what you see so others can believe again.Anne FringoMiddleburghMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Sumner golf’s Harden named PVC Class C Player of the Year

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] SULLIVAN — Warren Harden had never had a single golf lesson when he began his sophomore year. Two years later, few high school golfers in Maine can match his accomplishments.Harden, now a senior at Sumner Memorial High School, was named Class C Player of the Year earlier this month after producing one of the finest seasons any Sumner golfer has produced in ages. The honor came as he finished at or near the top of every competition in which he competed and led the Tigers to the Downeast Athletic Conference championship.Looking to make a last-minute entrance into the fall sports scene two years ago, Harden, now a senior at Sumner Memorial High School, joined the school’s golf team with only a few matches remaining in the season. The only time he had ever swung a golf club was as a little boy in the backyard with his grandmother, but Harden saw the chance to play with his classmates as a fun opportunity.“The only reason I did [it] was because my friends were doing it, and I thought it would be fun just to do it with them,” Harden wrote in essay regarding his experience with the golf team. “I never saw myself having a future in it.”Warren Harden swings a club during a practice session. Harden led Sumner to its first Downeast Athletic Conference title in program history this season as the team’s No. 1 player. CHRISTINE HARDEN PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlmost immediately, that intuition was proven wrong. In his very first match, he shot a team-best score of 49 — not bad for a newcomer with no experience in this sport. Yet this was only the beginning; by the end of his junior year, he had established himself as the team’s No. 1 golfer and formed a strong tandem with teammate Kyle Brooks.Entering the 2019 season without Brooks, who graduated in June, Harden didn’t quite know what to expect. Yet Harden took his game up a notch, and with the rise of Simon Torrey, who first recruited him to join the golf team, Sumner won nearly every match.“I was nervous about what would [become] of the team with us losing one of our most valuable players., but Simon stepped up as my No. 2,” Harden said. “We were considered the lowest-scoring duo for golf in Downeast.”Harden’s strong senior campaign included eight medalist finishes, a first-place finish in the  Penobscot Valley Conference Class C championships, the school’s nine-hole record score of 38 and a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s Class C individual championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.There was one moment Saturday that was particularly special. All throughout the day, Harden’s family had been waiting to watch him at the par-4 No. 9 hole. When Harden finally got there, he delivered a fantastic tee shot that nearly made the green and followed it with a well-placed chip for an impressive eagle.“His chip was perfect,” Sumner coach Joe Haroutunian said. “It was great timing as it was the only shot of his they had witnessed all day.”Most impressive to Haroutunian is what Harden was able to accomplish in just over two seasons of golf. He recalled what a fellow Class C coach said of Harden in a match earlier this year: “He makes it look easy.”“Warren is the most accomplished golfer in my time coaching at the school. He really is quite a natural,” Haroutunian said. “He should inspire other kids to give golf a try.”center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more