RSF urges China to rescind decision to expel New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post reporters

first_img June 10, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure News Organisation Help by sharing this information Beijing announced on March 18th that it would expel US citizens working in China for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and forbid them from reporting in Hong Kong and Macau. The Chinese authorities also required that these media outlets, as well as Time magazine and Voice of America, register details about their staff and operations directly with the government. This decision, that will affect at least 13 journalists, is meant by China as a “reprisal” against the US administration’s decisions earlier this year to reduce the number of Chinese citizens employed by the Chinese state media outlets in the US and to require these media to register as foreign missions.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on China to immediately revoke these measures that further restrains the international community’s right to information in this critical time of the coronavirus pandemic.“The despotic control of news and information by Beijing had a very negative impact at the starting point of this coronavirus epidemic,” says RSF’s Secretary-General Christophe Deloire, who adds that Chinese president Xi Jinping “ has a huge responsibility in front of all human beings.”“This is a new major attack by Beijing against international press freedom, which the regime wants to portray as a media war in order to legitimize what it is doing,” says RSF’s East Asia Bureau head Cédric Alviani. “The media targeted by China enforce and abide by the principles of ethical journalism—including editorial independence and the verification of facts—while the Chinese state media officially serve as mouthpieces for the Chinese Communist Party.”The restrictions put in place by the US administration, which were announced on March 2nd and entered into force on March 13th, apply to Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation and Hai Tian Development USA, five companies that are notorious for distributing the Beijing regime’s propaganda.In a report titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order” published last year, RSF revealed China’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world.The United States ranked 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index while China itself ranked 177th. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to reverse its decision to expel all American journalists working in China with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. to go further RSF_en center_img News ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 18, 2020 – Updated on March 19, 2020 RSF urges China to rescind decision to expel New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post reporters PHOTO: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom last_img read more

Bulgaria to extradite drug lord with ties to Latin America

first_imgBy Dialogo June 21, 2012 SOFIA, Bulgaria — A Bulgarian court ordered on June 20 the extradition of suspected drug lord Evelin Banev to Italy, where he is wanted for allegedly masterminding a huge cocaine-smuggling ring from Latin America to Europe. Banev, also known as “Brendo,” is wanted by the Italian authorities as part of an international gang allegedly responsible for trafficking as much as 40 tons of cocaine from Latin America to Europe between 2004 and 2007. A five-year Italian investigation concluded in May found that a Bulgarian gang based in Milan, Italy and Alicante, Spain was supplying the ’Ndrangheta with cocaine from Latin America, the interior ministry said. Bulgarian traffickers transported the drugs by plane and onboard Italian ships, allegedly paid for by Banev. The ships and planes ran between islands in the Caribbean and Venezuela to ports in Spain and the Portuguese island of Madeira. [AFP, 20/06/2012; Sofiaglobe.com (Bulgaria), 20/06/2012]last_img read more

Honduras’ Military Industry Produces Quality Gear and Provides Job Opportunities

first_imgThe spectacular fireworks set off to celebrate the country’s September 15th independence anniversary? Made by the Military industry as well. One of the buyers of IMFAA products, Carmen Julia Cerrato, went to the Military Industry’s campus store to purchase one of those uniforms for her 12-year old son Bryan Guerra. “I come all the way here for it because it is better quality, otherwise I could easily have had his uniform made by a seamstress near to where I live,” she explained. Furthermore, Gómez added, “we employ people of all ages, because age discrimination is also an issue. Our youngest employee is 19, and our oldest ones surpass 60.” The Military Industry of the Honduran Armed Forces (IMFAA) produces more than 500 products, supplying the official clothing for every branch of the armed forces in addition to a wide range of goods made available to the civilian population at significantly lower prices than those found in the market. If you see a man or woman in uniform in Honduras —whether a member of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Fire Department, or the Permanent Commission on Contingencies (COPECO)— they are wearing gear manufactured by the country’s Military Industry, from their boots to their nameplates and hats. Producing a wide array of products “Every year we participate in school fairs, offering shoes for children, so parents have more affordable options for their children. Our shoes are less expensive, but also higher quality. Kids play soccer with rocks and the shoe endures. They have long durability.” Ruth Alejandra Gómez is one of the three industrial engineers who head the plants that produce shoes and clothing and where workers weave products. She has worked in the Military Industry for 10 years. “The leadership’s vision is to work with the strengths of a person; we consider that a disability is not incapacitating. We place them in positions where they can feel comfortable and production is not affected. They tried to find employment in other parts and were not successful. Thankfully they found the support they needed here.” Serving consumers and workers The IMFAA serves consumers like Cerrato and also provides opportunities for workers — some of whom are disabled — who produce its products. By Dialogo September 25, 2015 I am a tailor certified by INFOP to make pants and I wish to be employed in the military industry to be able to serve The IMFAA has maintained the high quality of its production by updating its equipment and using high-quality raw materials, which don’t shrink or loose their color by exposure to sunlight, in the case of clothes; or with reliable traction in the case of shoes, to name a few qualities. In the future, “we will start working with metals,” says Col. Rodríguez. “There have been talks of assigning us the production of license plates to reduce a delay in that area.” In a corner of the shoe plant, Mauricio Flores Guerra quietly inserted and clamped “breathers” into the side portions of Military boots with skill and ease. In spite of having lost his eyesight in his childhood, Guerra acquired his riveting skills in the nine years since he started working there. The Military Industry helped him recover his bearings and his independence. Now married with three daughters, his blindness is an afterthought. “We make all the uniforms of the Armed Forces and we have agreements with many government institutions — we make uniforms for the health sector, for Social Security, for the Red Cross and the National Autonomous University, but part of our production is available to civilians,” said Colonel of War Materiel José Antonio Rodríguez, the industry’s assistant manager. The Military Industry does not make school uniforms on a regular basis, but it does produce all the uniforms for a school with a Military-style education. The IMFAA also manufactures uniforms for a group of children who receive first aid training from the Fire Department every Saturday, according to Lieutenant Colonel Héctor Ayala Barahona, who directs the sales department of the IMFAA. Clothes for schoolchildren “We aim to provide a service to society in more than one way,” Col. Rodriguez said. “We currently employ a blind person, two men bound in wheelchairs, deaf persons, and others who use crutches. The majority of our personnel are women, many of which are single moms, too.” “When I got here I overcame all the obstacles. This is the way God has provided for me and the sustenance of my family.” The Honduran Armed Forces Military Industry was created in 1979. In the 36 years since its inception, it has grown into a first-rate manufacturer of varied goods: Military daily wear, gala and sports uniforms; boots, shoes, Military bags, gun holsters, insignia, vests, belts, jackets, flags, caps, gloves, and engraved accessories. The IMFAA’s manufacturing plants are located in pine tree-lined mountains, approximately 40 minutes away from Honduras’ capital Tegucigalpa, in a village called Las Tapias, shortly past the Military Hospital and the First Infantry Battalion. When Diálogo visited recently, the buildings were abuzz with chatter, the sound of sowing machines, hammers coming down, and the tunes of Mexican crooner Joan Sebastian adding to the festive atmosphere. last_img read more

Skaneateles boys soccer captures state Class B championship

first_img Tags: boys soccerskaneateles Then, after edging Oneonta 1-0 in the regional final, it was on to Middletown, where in Saturday’s state semifinal Skaneateles went up against undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Haverling (Section V) and proved that it could overcome a deficit in earning a 3-1 victory over the Rams.Perhaps what helped the Lakers was that it didn’t trail for long. In the 15th minute, Haverling inched out in front 1-0 thanks to Kiefer Calkins’ goal, but less than a minute later Tylar Moss curved a corner kick that eluded Rams defenders and found the net, tying it.And it stayed 1-1 for a while, despite Haverling having all kinds of opportunities. The Rams took 11 shots and had 11 corner kicks, but were constantly turned back, Andrew Neumann making a series of great stops.That defensive work was rewarded when Owen Cheney scored in the 54th minute, pushing Skaneateles in front. with 12 minutes left, Haverling nearly tied it, but Neumann smothered Teddie Robbins’ point-blank attempt.Not sitting back, the Lakers sealed its trip to the state final when Cheney found the net again with 4:54 left.Then Skaneateles watched as Center Moriches, the 2017 state champions from Long Island, survived penalty kicks with Schuylerville, a long and tense battle that, theoretically, would give the Lakers an edge when it met the Red Devils in the title game.Brendan Powers nearly scored in the opening minutes, the first of many opportunities on both sides. Alex Arefyev’s free kick late in the first half got close, too, but was turned away by Raupp, whose aggression would test the Lakers throughout the day.A wild sequence early in the second half saw Center Moriches twice nearly go in front. Minutes later, Moss had a possible go-ahead goal negated by offsides. Then the defenses dug in, making it clear that whoever did convert would claim the state title.The Red Devils nearly did so with three minutes left, the rebound of a long free kick by Anthony Sundermann deflected just wide, and regulation ended 0-0. Now, either 30 minutes of overtime would settle it, or Skaneateles and Center Moriches would share the title.All through the first 15-minute extra period, Cheney had threatened, including a shot from the left side that just missed the right side of the net.Then the second OT started, and with 8:39 left Cheney again found his way into an open spot, beat all the Center Moriches defenders – and then delivered a goal that touched off a state championship celebration that continued all the way back home to Skaneateles.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story When the Lakers won its only other state championship in 2010, it was an undefeated team full of experienced players that fully expected to end the season on top.That same confidence was present on the 2019 Skaneateles squad, but it was a younger group that experienced plenty of ups and downs, and had lost its last two regular-season games, giving no hint that it would go on a memorable post-season run.But then the Lakers routed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (7-0), vanquished archrival Marcellus and no. 2 seed Clinton by 1-0 margins, and then survived a tense 2-1 battle with reigning state champion Westhill to reclaim the sectional Class B title.center_img Owen Cheney had found his way forward many previous times on this day, only to get turned back. Now, though, he made one more venture through the defense, sized up goalkeeper Colin Raupp, and slipped the ball past him into the net.And with that single play, Cheney had delivered the Skaneateles boys soccer team the state Class B championship, gained through a 1-0, double-overtime victory over Center Moriches in Sunday’s title game at Middletown High School.More than 103 minutes of action had gone without a goal before the Lakers sophomore delivered the decisive blow that allowed his side to begin and end this decade atop the state Class B ranks.last_img read more