“White Terror” forces pro-democracy website House News to shut down

first_img News Hong KongAsia – Pacific News Organisation May 26, 2021 Find out more The popular pro-democracy news website House News abruptly shut down without warning on 26 July. One of its founders, Tony Tsoi, said the decision was taken because of the political pressure and intimidation that has paralyzed the Hong Kong media in recent months. In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Hong Kong Help by sharing this information Tsoi compared the atmosphere to the “white terror” in Taiwan between 1949 and 1987, during which political dissidents were rounded up. The Chinese authorities have been cracking down on campaigners as demands for greater democracy have grown in Hong Kong. House News was launched on 28 July 2012 and quickly gained popularity, attracting 300,000 views daily.The site, which promoted democracy and criticized Chinese policies, struggled to find advertisers. However, it was not financial difficulties that led to its closure. In a statement posted on the site in place of its news content, Tsoi, a businessman and writer, said he was afraid of being arrested whenever he crossed the border into China. “Hong Kong has changed,” he wrote. “To act as a normal citizen, a normal media outlet and to do something right for society is becoming difficult, or even terrifying — not that you feel alienated, but fearful. The ongoing political struggle makes people very anxious — many democrats are tracked and smeared. Their past records have been dug up. A sense of White Terror lingers in society and I feel the pressure as well.”Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk, said: “We ask the Hong Kong authorities to carry out an investigation to establish who is behind the threats and pressure on Tony Tsoi. Any failure to respond will mean the authorities are complicit in the climate of fear that is spreading throughout the archipelago, and the self-censorship that this causes.” In recent months, the Chinese authorities have tightened their grip on Hong Kong civil society. The Information Office of the State Council published a white paper last month reminding the people of Hong Kong that love of the motherland was the main qualification for jobs in the government.A few days later the website Popvote, which hosted a simulated referendum allowing voters to choose between three options for how the chief executive should be elected, suffered large-scale cyber attacks, making it partly unavailable.The Apple Daily site, which supported this popular initiative, was blocked on 18 and 20 June, after a similar series of hacking attempts. Of Hong Kong’s population of about 6 million, 800,000 took part in the referendum, described as illegal by the official media. About 500,000 people took part in the 1 July pro-democracy rally, held annually since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule. On a recent visit, Reporters Without Borders noted the oppressive atmosphere in which news organizations have to operate. A growing number of news providers are resorting to self-censorship or succumbing to pressure from editorial management. Hong Kong ranks 61st of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? Hong KongAsia – Pacific News News July 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “White Terror” forces pro-democracy website House News to shut down Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai April 29, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” NOVEMBER 18, 2019

first_imgIS IT TRUE  that County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave served ten years as the Vanderburgh County Assessor, two and a half years as Vanderburgh County Commissioner, and was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance?  …that Musgrave also served on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission? …she has done a credible job in every position? …we expect that Commissioner Musgrave will soon announce that she’s running for re-election? IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders announced last week that he is running for re-election in 2020? …we were told last week Mr. Shoulders had a campaign organizational meeting that was attended by a very impressive group of individuals? …we are told that his re-election committee consisted of diverse community leaders, labor union reps, young professionals, business owners, and senior citizens?  …we are also told that he also has over $100,000 in his re-election war chest?IS IT TRUE that EPD Sgt Jason Cullum announced that he will be taking over as the Director Of Safety and Security at the University of Evansville?  …we give five (5) cheers to Jason Cullum for a job well done with the EPD for the last 21 years and wish him well in his new position at the University Of Evansville?IS IT TRUE that our most recent non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll” question was: “Who do you feel is the number one TV station in this region”?   …the results of our nor-scientific but trendy  ‘Readers Poll” was. Channel 14 TV (39%) received  an impressive 216 votes, Channel 25 TV (33%) received 185 votes. and Channel 44 TV (17%)  93 VOTED AND 60 PEOPLE (11%) said they had no idea?IS IT TRUE we hope that you will enjoy the following quotes sent us by one of our good friend Ron Riecken?“I invented the Internet.”    ~   Al Gore. “I have campaigned in all 57 states.”     ~Barack Obama   (Quoted in 2008)“Homicide is the leading cause of murder.”  ~Rep. Sheila Jackson“No ordinary American cares about Constitutional rights.”  ~Joe Biden“Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.”   ~Bernie Sanders“Having an abortion is no different than having one’s tonsils removed.”  ~Elizabeth Warren“You need to vote for the Democrats otherwise the illegal aliens will lose their rights”! ~ Nancy Pelosi……2019 “My fear is if North Korea nukes us, Trump is gonna get us into a war.”     ~ Maxine Waters……2017 “We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain STUPID!”  ~Benjamin Franklin~ (1706-1790) IS IT TRUE we are told by the owners of GANGNAM KOREAN  BBQ located on 518 Main Street (across from the Ford Center) if you bring your ticket from an Evansville Aces or Thunderbolts sporting event you will receive a free appetizer with a purchase of an entree?center_img We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that teachers have one of the highest impact platforms to positively impact society?IS IT TRUE if the Vanderburgh County Council members don’t make a decision to expand the jail they will forever be known as being  “SOFT ON CRIME”?IS IT TRUE on December 5th, 2019 the Vanderburgh County Council will be holding a public hearing concerning four (4) proposed designs of the Vanderburgh County Jail?  …the proposed jail designs were created by AmericanStructure Engineering after they gathered information from State, Federal. local law enforcement, elected officials, criminal justice experts, and other stakeholders?IS IT TRUE we are told that the swing vote on the Vanderburgh County Council that will determine the size of the new addition to the Vanderburgh County jail is none other than Democrat Mike Goebel?IS IT TRUE many years ago Vanderburgh County Council members Jim Raben (R)and Tom Shelter, Jr. (R) objected to the building of a larger County jail?  …if they would have agreed to build the larger one back then we wouldn’t be talking about building a new addition to the current jail today?IS IT TRUE we know that several of the members of the Vanderburgh County Council are ultra-conservative and we hope that they understand the difference of spending our tax dollars or investing them? …that building a new addition to the jail is considered investing our tax dollars for the public good?IS IT TRUE that adding the right size renovation to the Vanderburgh County jail will protect members of our law enforcement that work there from the thugs who are housed there?IS IT TRUE that Linda E. White is the new CEO of Methodist Health?  …we find this very move very interesting?  …does her appointed mean that Deaconness Hospital System-Evansville has now has taken official control of Methodist Health Hospital in Henderson, Ky? IS IT TRUE we are pleased with the way that the honorable Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judge Robert J.Tonatta conducts himself in and out of the courtroom?  …he is also one heck of a nice person?Today’s our non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Democratic-controlled (7-2) Evansville City Council should elect a Democrat to be their next attorney?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Kootenay Ice open Major Midget season Saturday in Nelson

first_imgThe Ice, coached by Mario DiBella, host the North Island Silvertips beginning Saturday at 2 p.m.The two teams are back in action Sunday at 9:15 a.m. at the NDCC Arena.The Ice consist of players from throughout the Kootenays, including five players — Austin Tambellini, Justin Post, Brandon Sookro, Sam Weber and Nolan Percival.Other players include Kyle Hope and Jeremy Lucchini of Trail, Lucas Peters of Midway, Ryan Neil of Fruitvale and Greyson Reitmeier of Nakusp.The Ice finished last season with a 5-31-4 record for 10th in league standings.North Island finished seventh last season at 18-18-4. Major Midget hockey is back.The Kootenay Ice take to the NDCC Arena Saturday and Sunday on opening weekend in the B.C. Hockey Major Midget Hockey League.last_img read more

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Henry, Arcata finish girls golf season No. 1

first_imgAvary Henry shot a field-low 86 to win the day at Beau Pre, and claim an outright Humboldt-Del Norte League girls golf championship on Tuesday.The Arcata High standout beat out McKinleyville’s Phoebe Sundberg by 1-stroke to take Tuesday’s round and lock in an individual title.Henry finished the 7-round season with a total score of 498, 16 strokes better than Sundberg (514). The highest round for each golfer was dropped from their final scores.McKinleyville’s Isabella Sundberg shot a 95 on …last_img read more

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My heart started beating faster after India call-up: Shubman Gill

first_imgShubman Gill has earned his maiden India call up to replace KL Rahul in the squad for India’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand later this month. The New Zealand tour consists of five ODIs and three T20Is from January 23. Meanwhile, all-rounder Vijay Shankar has replaced Hardik Pandya in the squad and will be part of the Indian team during the ODIs in Australia and also tour of New Zealand. Pandya and Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home after their controversial comments on TV show Koffee With Karan.Shubman Gill was a key member of India’s Under-19 World Cup-winning team last year. He has had a good initiation in domestic cricket. The Punjab batsman had an outstanding Ranji Trophy season as he amassed 790 runs, including two hundreds, in 10 innings at 98.75. He was also part of India A squad that toured New Zealand last year.Considered the ‘next big thing’ in Indian cricket, Gill has broken into the national team sooner than he expected and says there can’t be a better place to start his international career than New Zealand, where he was named player of U-19 World Cup, 12 months ago.The last one year has seen the 19-year-old opener take giant strides. The Mohali-based cricketer has followed his U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw to make the Indian team, albeit in the shorter formats, after a ‘dream’ 2018 when he bagged a lucrative IPL contract following a stellar World Cup.”It is a big advantage [to be picked for the New Zealand tour]. I played well there in the U-19 World Cup and now again I have got the opportunity,” Gill told PTI on Sunday after getting the news of his life, late Saturday night.advertisement”As I have done well there, I can say that there isn’t much adjustment needed in the technique. If I get an opportunity, I will have just need to handle the pressure that comes with playing for India. Mentally, it will be different for sure but I am ready.”He is a supremely gifted and confident cricketer but the occasion got the better of him when he was informed about his selection.”It was late in the night. My heart started beating faster. The messages started pouring in and I rushed to tell my father. It was a special moment,” said Gill.Gill knew his time would come, something he had expressed to PTI after a fruitful campaign in the Deodhar Trophy in October, shortly after Shaw’s sensational Test debut.Even senior Punjab teammate Yuvraj Singh and his IPL captain Dinesh Karthik, who was amongst the first few to congratulate Gill, knew it was only a matter of time before he reaches the biggest stage and that would probably happen after the World Cup in May-July.But Gill has got the selectors’ nod well before the ICC mega event in England. The Indian top-order is well settled at the moment but Gill can still get to play during the five ODIs and three T20s against the Black Caps.”The call was unexpected but I understand the circumstances in which I have been picked. I have a pretty set target in mind. I have done well at all the levels I have played in so far and that has given me the belief that I can also excel in international cricket,” said Gill, who is known to pace his innings brilliantly.The last one year has been “amazing” for Gill but he attributes his India call-up to years of hard work.”At this time last year we went for the World Cup and now I have got an India call-up. Yes, last one year has been great but I would see this as a result of work put in by me ever since I started playing the game.”Shaw and Gill already seem like polished products and Punjab opener puts it down to the exposure received during his maiden IPL stint with KKR.”Definitely, I have gained maximum exposure from IPL and Ranji Trophy experience has also helped immensely. Though, it all started with the win in the U-19 World Cup where we experienced the media pressure for the first time.”The atmosphere that is created during the U-19 World Cup does help you at higher levels,” added Gill.Also Read | Not thinking about about World Cup, says Vijay Shankar after India ODI call-upAlso Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasonsadvertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Sead Kolasinac insists he is focused on football again.The Bosnia international and teammate Mesut Ozil were the victims of an attempted carjacking last month, with both players only recently returning to action.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Frankfurt, Kolasinac insisted he is ready to play.He said: “About what happened I don’t want to talk about it in details. It’s happened. It belongs in the past. The same with Mesut.”We are back and we focused on our jobs.”Well of course I’m happy to be back. Of course mentally this was hard, missing also training for a couple of days. I made up for it. “I’m back and happy to be back with the team and able to perform with them.” last_img read more

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Prizeo Launch Charity Campaigns Featuring Tiesto And The Vamps

first_imgTiesto is offering fans a chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City to hang out with him, attend soundcheck and join him as a VIP for his set at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in September.The Festival lineup also includes Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, The Roots and fun.For a small donation ($5 an entry) at Prizeo.com/Tiesto to Childhood USA and Global Citizen, who share the mission to ensure that all children get the chance to live a full life with a safe and happy childhood, fans have a chance to win this amazing trip.The funds raised from this campaign will be invested in projects for children around the world.Prizeo is also running a special campaign featuring The Vamps.The Vamps want to take 1 lucky fan and a guest out for a dinner date in London! They are working with MTV Staying Alive to fight HIV, and fans can enter to win a trip to spend an evening with them.Fans can enter for a small donation at Prizeo.com/TheVamps, and they can get rewards including an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo and even a signed guitar!last_img read more

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Ivanka Trump Apple CEO Tim Cook to visit Idaho schools

first_imgWILDER, Idaho — Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, is scheduled to visit a southwestern Idaho school district with Apple CEO Tim Cook.White House officials say the visit on Tuesday is part of Ivanka Trump’s workforce development initiative that includes science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM education.She and Cook are scheduled to visit the Wilder School District west of Boise.Apple in 2016 donated iPads to all students and teachers in the district as part of a program to help students lacking access to technology. The school district is one of southwestern Idaho’s poorest.Wilder Superintendent Jeff Dillon in a letter to parents says the district will showcase how it is combining learning and technology.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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OPEC members expected to agree cut in crude production

first_imgVIENNA — OPEC members are meeting to agree on their response to recent declines in oil prices, with analysts predicting a cut in production of at least 1 million barrels per day.Crude prices began falling in October and continued to plunge last month because of oversupply and fears weaker global economic growth would dampen energy demand. The price of both benchmark U.S. crude and the standard for internationally traded oil fell 22 per cent in November.Mohammed Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman’s oil and gas minister, said Wednesday of the production cut expected at Thursday’s meeting that “we haven’t discussed the numbers.”U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that “Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Algeria troops kill three suspected militants

first_imgAlgiers — Algerian troops killed three suspected militants on Wednesday as they pressed a sweep through mountains east of Algiers, which has now killed eight since March 11, the defence ministry said.The operation focused on an area of the mainly Berber Kabylie region close to the Mediterranean coast, ministry statements carried by the national APS news agency said.A commander of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has already been killed in the sweep through the Aghribs area of Tizi Ouzou province. In the 1990s, Algeria witnessed a decade of fighting between troops and Islamist fighters in which some 200,000 people were killed, according to official estimates.There has been a drop of violence in recent years, although groups affiliated with AQIM have remained active in the Kabylie region, as well as southeast of Algiers, usually targeting security forces.The deadliest attack took place in January last year when 37 foreign and Algerian hostages were killed in clashes with Islamist militants who had seized a gas complex deep in the Sahara Desert.last_img read more

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