Beijing pursues relentless crackdown on free speech

first_img March 29, 2016 Beijing pursues relentless crackdown on free speech News Asia – PacificChina Judicial harassmentExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet News March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Asia – PacificChina Judicial harassmentExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Chinese government’s harassment of the families in China of journalists and bloggers now living abroad and calls for an immediate end to a witchhunt in which dozens have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in posting an open letter online calling for President Xi Jinping’s resignation. June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Chang Ping, a journalist who now lives in Germany, reported on 27 March that the authorities in the southern province of Sichuan had arrested his two brothers and his sister.The sister and one of the brothers were released yesterday. “The police asked my family to contact me and demand that I immediately cease to publish any articles that criticise the Chinese Communist party,” Chang told the NGO China Change. In an article published on 25 March, Chang condemned the journalist Jia Jia’s “abduction” by the authorities on 15 March, shortly after the anonymous open letter calling for President Xi’s resignation was posted online (read the letter in English on China Digital Times’ website). Jia was finally released on 25 March. Chang is respected in China for refusing to submit to censorship and for fighting doggedly for what he believes in, including press freedom. He left China in 2011 after being subjected to constant pressure from the Propaganda Department, and now works for the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. “This disgraceful witchhunt provides a direct insight into the Chinese regime’s dictatorial nature, but the universal silence on the part of European countries and the entire international community is even more shocking,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Must we wait until foreign diplomats are arrested and charged with activities against the Communist Party in order to see a reaction? The United States and Germany have an overriding duty to ensure that the Chinese authorities guarantee the basic rights of people like Chang Ping and Wen Yunchao, instead of trampling on them, as they are now doing.” Also known as BeiFeng, Wen Yunchao is a well-known New York-based blogger and human rights defender whose parents and brother were arrested by the police in the southern province of Guangdong on 22 March, shortly after it was rumoured that Wen was the anonymous letter’s author. Wen Yunchao (Beifeng), Chinese blogger and internet activist base in New York, Visiting scholar of Columbia University, launched a series of online campaigns in support of human rights and against Internet censorship. He was awarded the French Republic’s Human Rights Prize 2010 by the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights. In all, more than 20 people have been arrested by police in the witchhunt that began on 15 March. Six of them are employees of Wujie News, the website where the open letter was initially posted. China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Follow the news on China News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Opposition newspaper editor held incommunicado for the past four days

first_img to go further News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Follow the news on Burkina Faso News June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Organisation center_img News May 5, 2021 Find out more November 9, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition newspaper editor held incommunicado for the past four days April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called on the Burkina Faso police to announce the charges against Mathieu N’Do, the editor of the weekly San Finna and one of the leaders of the opposition National Union for Democracy and Development (UNDD), who has been held incommunicado at a special police centre since his arrest on 5 November at Ouagadougou airport”This journalist is a leading member of the opposition, but if he was arrested because of his articles, we must condemn this abuse of authority by the security ministry,” the organisation said. “If not, we call on the government to make this known and, whatever the charges against N’Do, to grant him the right to legal defence in accordance with the law.”N’Do appears to have been detained on the orders of the police high command on his arrival at Ouagadougou airport from Abidjan at 3 p.m. on 5 November. He had just spent two weeks in Ivory Coast, from where he sent his newspaper several dispatches.He was taken from the airport to the “Sector 28” police camp, where he is still being held and where he has not been allowed to contact his family or his lawyer. The staff of his newspaper said they tried to send him food, clean clothes, a towel and soap, but the police agreed only to take the food and the soap, without giving any explanation.Reached several times by Reporters Without Borders, police headquarters refused to explain why N’Do was arrested or why he is being held incommunicado. Staff at the offices of both the attorney-general and state prosecutor said they had nothing to do with N’Do’s arrest, which was solely the responsibility of the security ministry.Known both for being a critical journalist as well as an opposition leader, N’Do has been detained in the past. His family assumes his latest arrest is linked to that of UNDD president Hermann Yaméogo, a lawyer and member of parliament.Yaméogo was detained as he got off a plane from Abidjan on 29 September and, along with UNDD activist Noël Yaméogo, was questioned for several hours by police. Earlier that day, security minister Djibril Bassolé had said in an interview that Burkina Faso was the victim of a “plot” in which “illustrious” citizens were accomplices.Bassolé alleged that the accomplices included Hermann Yaméogo, who along with others, was “traipsing around certain capitals trying to sell information about supposed training camps operated by foreign putschists” in Burkina Faso. The recipients of this information included Reporters Without Borders, the minister claimed. Reporters Without Borders has denied this. Burkina FasoAfrica Burkina FasoAfrica last_img read more