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Vietnam : Why is the Party cracking down harder on bloggers?


first_imgNews VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Blogger Tran Thi Nga (R) in an anti-China rally in Hanoi, 2012. She was sentenced to 9 years in jail on July 2017. photo : Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a sudden increase in the persecution of dissidents by Vietnam’s authoritarian one-party state. Seven bloggers and citizen-journalists have been arrested in recent weeks and two have been given long jail terms. In a country where nationalist fervour is essential for the regime’s survival and the government’s failings must not be mentioned, citizen-journalists who raise these issues are regarded as enemies of the nation.In the past two weeks alone, five people have been arrested on charges of “attempting to overthrow the government” or “anti state activities” under article 79 of the penal code. All are facing the possibility of a death sentence because of what they posted.They include four former prisoners of conscience – bloggers Pham Van Troi and Nguyen Trung Ton, journalist Truong Minh Duc and human rights lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen – who were arrested on 30 July.They are accused of being in contact with Nguyen Van Dai, a fellow member of the Brotherhood of Democracy, an association of former prisoners of conscience. Dai was himself arrested in December 2015 on a charge of “propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under article 88 of the penal code.Blogger Le Dinh Luong was meanwhile arrested by plainclothes police in the central province of Nghe An on 24 July, as he was about to visit the wife of Nguyen Van Oai, a human rights defender and citizen journalist who has been detained since 19 January.Luong is from one of the regions affected by a toxic spill from a Taiwanese-owned steel plant in April 2016 and often wrote about it on Facebook. A war veteran, he also wrote about China’s 1979 offensive against Vietnam.“We firmly condemn the arrests and sham trials of the past few weeks,” RSF said. “Thanks to new technology, citizen-journalists in Vietnam are able to able to write about developments and describe the country’s reality in a lively manner very different from the state propaganda.”“These arbitrary arrests call for an effective reaction from the international community, which must press the Vietnamese authorities to release the detainees and stop harassing citizen-journalists.”New hope for autocratsVietnam is cracking down harder on freedom of information for several reasons, sources have told RSF. Upheavals in the international arena resulting from the election of new leaders, including Donald Trump in the United States, have given the Vietnamese government more room for manoeuvre.While the previous US administration respected Vietnam’s sovereignty by limiting its interventions in its domestic affairs, it was nonetheless a leading advocate of human rights and sought to promote them.Trump’s election has ended this and, according to Jonathan London, a leading academic specialist in Vietnam, it has played a significant role in the sudden crackdown. Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has without a doubt also removed a reason for Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party to improve respect for human rights.The divided Party’s most conservative sectors are trying to use the situation to get the upper hand by tightening their grip on the news and information circulating within the country. Anyone posting articles that reflect badly on the government is punished severely, especially at a time of renewed tension between Vietnam and China over the exploitation of oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea.Bloggers who refer to China’s domination of the region are often harassed, attacked or prosecuted, as was the case with Pham Minh Hoang, a dissident who was recently expelled.Bloggers also often refer to the government’s mishandling of the environmental disaster caused by the toxic spill from the Taiwanese-owned Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation plant in Ha Tinh province in April 2016.More than a year has elapsed since the disaster and the Party had expected the criticism to have died down. But, in their fight for democracy and the freedom to inform, citizen-journalists have refused to drop the issue. The government now clearly wants to shut them up once and for all.Dissident bloggers who anger the Party are often beaten up. The blogger Tran Thi Nga was among those who were the victims of physical violence before she was arrested and then sentenced on 25 July to nine years in prison on a charge of “anti- state propaganda.”The mother of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a blogger sentenced to ten years in prison in late June, reports that Quynh’s health is worsening in detention and that the prison authorities refuse to give her the medicine that her family is sending.Nga is meanwhile being subjected to “disciplinary measures” in prison, which probably include isolation in the most appalling conditions, a cruel technique often used in an attempt to purge dissidents of their ideals.Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further August 4, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Vietnam : Why is the Party cracking down harder on bloggers? Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Receive email alertscenter_img April 7, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News News News RSF_en Follow the news on Vietnamlast_img read more


Comment on The two ‘must have’ traits of the future-recruiter by Gold Coast Accountant


first_imgComment on The two ‘must have’ traits of the future-recruiter by Gold Coast AccountantShared from missc on 7 Oct 2015 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Oh I want to agree to this post. There are lots of recruiters out there who unknowingly rejected the most deserving applicant and accepted the worse one while wasting such effort and time conducting the recruiting process and the company’s future. Traditional recruitment is not as effective anymore. Every business recruiter should as well improve. Thanks for sharing!Read full article Comments are closed.last_img


Herath’s 400th Test wicket seals dramatic Sri Lanka win


first_imgSRI LANKA 1st innings 419 (D. Chandimal 155 n.o., D. Karunaratne 93, N. Dickwella 83)PAKISTAN 1st innings 422 (A. Ali 85, H. Sohail 76, S. Masood 59, S. Aslam 51; R. Herath 5-93)SRI LANKA 2nd innings (overnight 69-4)Dimuth Karunaratne c Masood b Shah 10Kaushal Silva lbw b Sohail 25Lahiru Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shafiq 7Kusal Mendis lbw b Abbas 18Dinesh Chandimal c Shafiq b Shah 7Suranga Lakmal c B. Azam b Abbas 13Niroshan Dickwella not out 40Dilruwan Perera lbw b Shah 6Rangana Herath c Masood b Shah 0Lakshan Sandakan c Amir b Shah 8Nuwan Pradeep b H. Ali 0Extras: (lb-3, nb-1) 4Total: (all out, 66.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-33, 3-51, 4-65, 5-73, 6-86, 7-101, 8-101, 9-135.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 12-4-27-0, Mohammad Abbas 12-3-22-2 (nb-1), Yasir Shah 27-5-51-5, Hasan Ali 7.1-0-21-1, Asad Shafiq 3.4-0-7–1, Haris Sohail 5-2-7-1.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 136 runs)Shan Masood c K. Silva b D. Perera 7Sami Aslam c Karunaratne b Herath 2Azhar Ali c Dickwella b Lakmal 0Asad Shafiq c Karunaratne b Herath 20Babar Azam c Dickwella b D. Perera 3Haris Sohail lbw b D. Perera 34Sarfraz Ahmed stp. Dickwella b Herath 19Hasan Ali b Herath 8Mohammad Amir b Herath 9Yasir Shah not out 6Mohammad Abbas lbw b Herath 0Extras: (b-1, lb-4, nb-1) 6Total: (all out, 47.4 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7. 3-16, 4-32, 5-36, 6-78, 7-98, 8-100, 9-111.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 5-1-12-1, Rangana Herath 21.4-4-43-6, Dilruwan Perera 18-4-46- 3 (nb-1), Nuwan Pradeep 2-1-4-0, Lakshan Sandakan 1-0-4-0… RANGANA Herath claimed his 400th Test wicket as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 21-run win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to answer their critics in style.The veteran bowler stole the headlines on an action-packed final day of the first Test, bringing up his landmark scalp with the match-clinching lbw dismissal of Mohammad Abbas.It was the 16th wicket to fall yesterday as Pakistan were all out for 114, after Sri Lanka – whitewashed in all formats on their tour of India – posted 138.Herath ended with figures of 6-43 to give his side the lead in the two-match series, becoming only the second Sri Lankan to take 400 wickets in the longest format – half the total compiled by legendary compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan.The 39-year-old’s man-of-the-match display came on a pitch that deteriorated badly on the fifth day, when runs were hard to come by and no batsman was able to stamp his authority.It all meant that a contest which had failed to provide much in the way of entertainment for four days concluded in memorable fashion.Sri Lanka were left to defend 136 after lunch, with Niroshan Dickwella’s 40 not out representing their only meaningful resistance with the bat.Yasir Shah helped himself to a five-for to set up what looked to be a very achievable chase for Pakistan.But the warning signs were there from very early in their second innings, with Herath dismissing Sami Aslam for two, as the left-arm spinner began to weave his magic.Pakistan were rarely able to build momentum and on 36-5 they were well on their way to blowing it.A brief rally saw Sarfraz Ahmed (19) and Haris Sohail (34) put on 42, but Herath refused to stay quiet for long and he ultimately broke up the partnership when Sarfraz came down the pitch and missed a dipping delivery, allowing Dickwella to stump him.That broke Pakistan’s spirit and the tail was cleaned up in short order, although only after Kusal Mendis had prematurely celebrated the win when his catch came off a Dilruwan Perera no-ball.Herath’s place in the history books was the final action of the match, sparking wild celebrations from a Sri Lanka side who exorcised some of the demons of their India misery.The second meeting starts on Friday in Dubai. (Omnisport)last_img read more


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee named as USC 2018 commencement speaker


first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC NewsSiddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer will be the 2018 commencement speaker, USC announced on Thursday. The 135th annual commencement ceremony will take place on May 11.Mukherjee, an oncologist and assistant professor at Columbia University, is known for his pioneering research and writings that look into the history of cancer. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Tonic, the health news section of Vice Media and has had his work featured in publications such as The New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine. Mukherjee rose to prominence in 2011 when he received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The Emperor of all Maladies has been featured in TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the last century and was the basis of a documentary series by Ken Burns. He currently serves as a cancer physician at the Columbia University Medical Center where he works to develop new, innovative treatments. Mukherjee, a Rhodes Scholar, holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and University of Oxford. His latest work, The Gene: An Intimate History, was published in May 2016 and explores how genetic composition helps define individual human experience.last_img read more




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