There is little I can add to this piece by Roy Greenslade at the Guardian. Just click on the headline and read the piece.
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ANGELA KÖCKRITZ, a correspondent for Die Zeit describes the hell she and her Chinese assistant were put through by Chinese authorities. None of it should suprise anyone, except those who think things really have changed in the way the Chinese government operates.
This is the really scary part of the story: “Zhang Miao is a completely normal Chinese citizen. And we will treat her like we deal with Chinese citizens.”
Believe me, that is not something to make one feel comfortable.
Two attacks took place against Jimmy Lai, owner of Next Media in Hong Kong.
The attackers tossed Molotov cocktails at Lai’s house and office.
Lai is a well-known supporter of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and a vocal critic of Beijing.
Here are some stories about the attack:
Once again proof that all it takes is some encouragement and a few — VERY FEW — bucks to put together a major effort to expose violations of human rights, including freedom of speech and press.
The crowd-sourced maps will help journalists know more about the risks they might face as the enter an area before they start “doing journalism.”
The Mexican map — Perriodistas en Riesgo — was created in 2012 and focuses on where journalists are under threat.
According to the Knight Center:
Attacks are divided into four categories: physical, psychological, digital and legal. Each category can then be modified by multiple subcategories. For example, a physical attack could be a kidnapping, beating, disappearance, murder, etc, and one attack, such as a reporter being mugged and having his cellphone and laptop stolen, could be categorized as a physical and a digital attack.
The Brazilian map — Violacoes a Liberdade de Expressao — casts a much wider net. It only started in November 2014 but does look at all forms of violations of freedom of expressions, including attacks on journalists and legal proceedings designed to silence human rights advocates.
The items on the Brazilian site are confirmed by Article 19 before being posted to the site.
Chinese president Xi Jinping was forced to take an unscripted question from a Western reporter during President Obama’s visit to China last month.
After first seemingly ignoring the question, Xi doubled back to address the issue raised of visas for Western journalists by the reporter.
After first taking an unrelated, clearly scripted, question from a state-owned Chinese paper — which drew a quizzical facial expression from Mr. Obama — Mr. Xi circled back, declaring that the visa problems of the news organizations, including The Times, were of their own making.
Mr. Xi insisted that China protected the rights of news media organizations but that they needed to abide by the rules of the country. “When a certain issue is raised as a problem, there must a reason,” he said, evincing no patience for the news media’s concerns about being penalized for unfavorable news coverage of Chinese leaders and their families.
So basically Xi’s excuse for not issuing visas to Western reporters is the same excuse a husband gives when accused of beating his wife: It was all the other person’s fault.
The Eritrean prisoner is Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned without trial for 13 years after being arrested along with other newspaper editors in 2001.
Isaak is reported to be dying slowly in a prison camp where detainees are tortured by being shut inside steel containers during periods of intense heat. And RWB has used that image of a container to publicise its campaign.