Police harass information hero on Vietnam War anniversary

first_img Reporters Without Borders urges the police to stop harassing the independent journalist Pham Chi Dung and his family, whose Ho Chi Minh City home was surrounded today by police officers. April 30, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police harass information hero on Vietnam War anniversary Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more to go further News RSF_en News News The authorities have gone out of their way to gag independent journalists and bloggers today, which the Communist Party is celebrating as the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and its victory over the United States.One by one, citizen-journalists and bloggers have been placed under close surveillance, subjected to intimidation and, in some cases, given beatings. House arrest measures have been reinforced and independent reporters are being prevented from covering today’s celebrations and demonstrations.Dung, who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “information heroes,” has released the text of a letter he has written to local Communist Party secretary Le Thanh Hai and Ho Chin Minh City police chief Nguyen Chi Thanh complaining about the harassment and restrictions on free movement to which he has been subjected for months.President of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN), which was founded last year and is supported by Reporters Without Borders, Dung promotes media freedom and constantly criticizes the party’s control of the media, in which he used to work.Last year, the authorities confiscated his passport to prevent him from travelling to Geneva to participate in a UN Human Rights Council conference.“In illegally preventing me from travelling, the behaviour of the authorities constitutes living proof of how the State of Vietnam tramples on the human rights defended by the UN Human Rights Council,” Dung’s letter says.READ THE LETTER (Vietnamese)“We call on the Vietnamese police to immediately end its targeted acts of intimidation, which are completely illegal,” said Benjamin Ismail, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We also call on the international community to condemn these practices and to bring individual economic sanctions to bear against those within the Communist Party who are responsible for this persecution.”Those persecuted include Trinh Anh Tuan, a blogger known by the pseudonym of Gio Lang Thang. A few days ago, he was badly beaten by three individuals in civilian dress and had to be hospitalized. He identified his assailants as police officers who were part of the group that had been posted outside his home for months.The blogger Pham Minh Hoang was also roughed up last November by the plainclothes policemen assigned to watch his home. When the French consul rushed to the scene after being alerted by Hoang, he was attacked by the same individuals.Freedom of information is steadily worsening in Vietnam, which is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Faculty Council meeting — April 7, 2020

first_imgOn April 7 a special meeting of the Faculty Council was held, during which the Council members approved an emergency grading policy for GSAS students for the spring term 2020.The Council next meets on April 29. The preliminary deadline for the May 5 meeting of the Faculty is April 21 at noon.last_img


first_imgFINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has told a Donegal TD that there will be no financial help for hauliers despite rising fuel costs.Questioned by Thomas Pringle, the Independent TD, Mr Noonan said it would be wrong for the state to intervene in a situation caused by international factors.He said that there is ‘some limited scope’ to apply a lower rate of excise on diesel for commercial use. But, he has said that this would be ‘extremely expensive, especially in the current fiscal environment.’Michael Noonan pointed out that the excise rate here is around 20c lower than in the UK and that a lower commercial rate would require what he described as an ‘extensive rebate system’ which would be administratively difficult, costly to operate and open to abuse.In a written Dáil reply to Donegal South West Independent Thomas Pringle, TD, Mr Noonan has said that the issue of fuel prices had been discussed by finance ministers at an ECOFIN meeting.At that meeting it was reconfirmed that a co-ordinated approach which would not make distortionary fiscal adjustments would be maintained by all countries. The Finance Minister has concluded that ‘for these reasons, it is not proposed to introduce a tax rebate scheme to assist hauliers.’NOONAN TELLS DONEGAL TD: WE WON’T HELP HAULIERS was last modified: May 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crystal Palace v Chelsea line-ups: Batshuayi and Willian start, youngsters on bench, Palace star plays

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesMichy Batshuayi starts up front for Chelsea at Selhurst Park and there is a place on the bench for youngster Kyle Scott as well as Charly Musonda.The young duo are joined on the bench by Pedro. Willian starts.Chelsea are without the injured N’Golo Kante, Alvaro Morata and Danny Drinkwater but have David Luiz back from suspension.For Palace, Wilfried Zaha returns after injury but Christian Benteke remains sidelined.Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Schlupp, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha.Subs: Henry, Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewalde, Puncheon, Sako, Kaikai.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, HazardSubs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Scott, Musonda, Pedro.last_img read more

Minister Campbell Toured Road Traffic Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, MP, Minister of Transport and Local Government met staff at the Road Traffic Department, at the T. A. Robinson National Stadium, August 28, 2017.    During his familiarization tour, Minister Campbell chatted, answered questions, and gave an update on the way forward.In group photo of Minister with Road Traffic officials, from left are: Ross Smith, Controller, RTD; Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Local Government; Minister Campbell; Montez Williams, Deputy Permanent Secretary; in back row, Kenrick Bowe, Chief Driving Examiner, RTD; Brad Smith, Assistant Controller, RTD; Rex Adderley, Traffic Control and Safety Officer, RTD; Michael Hudson, Operations Manager and Traffic Control and Safety Officer, RTD and Bishop Sterling Moss, Chief Driving Examiner, RTD.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more