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

Credit card offerings should consider cardholder segment

first_imgConsumers are increasingly aware of the variety of credit card offerings in the marketplace today. As consumers evaluate the plastic they carry, there are a number of factors they deem important. These factors include fees, card security and card benefits and value-added options, such as rewards and loyalty programs.To remain relevant, card issuers should offer consumers card conveniences and benefits that best meet their needs. This requires card issuers to understand each of the main cardholder segments they serve.Cardholders are often divided into the following segments:Revolvers — Cardholders who carry balances, paying off those balances over timeTransactors — Cardholders who pay their balances each month, avoiding interest charges continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Digicel Gives Free Access to Government and Online Learning Sites

first_img Sharing is caring! 130 Views   no discussions About DigicelDigicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes. Tweet Share Share Digicel has announced free access to over 10 websites including government and online learning platforms. By providing free access to these sites, customers on the Digicel network will not incur data usage charges while using these sites on their mobile devices.“We are all called to adapt to a new way of functioning and at Digicel, we recognise our role in this effort. By offering free access to these sites we are making it easier for people to access the information they need to stay on top of the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation and the measures that should be taken to keep safe. Moreover, parents and students can now access several more educational sites free on the Digicel network. It is all of those things that will help us get through together,” said Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste, CEO Digicel Dominica.The sites include the official online domains for the Government of Dominica (www.dominica.gov.dm), Pan American Health Organization (www.paho.org) and the World Health Organization (www.who.int), along with online learning platforms ABCmouse, Boom Learning, Kids Discover, Scholastic and brainpop.com.This adds to the Learning Hub online platform that supports both primary and secondary school students with a wide range of local and regional learning material across various subjects.Nikima added, “At Digicel, we’re in the business of keeping people connected and while we are focused internally on business continuity, we understand the purpose that serves to our customers externally. During this time, we hope that everyone remains safe and we will continue to do our best to serve.” EducationLifestyleLocalNews Digicel Gives Free Access to Government and Online Learning Sites by: – April 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more