News Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures December 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrest of poet and journalist Shi Tao Follow the news on China News News April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en to go further News Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrest of journalist Shi Tao and urged the EU delegation to the 8 December EU-China summit in the Netherlands to press China’s Premier Wen Jiabao to stop unfair arrests of journalists.The worldwide press freedom organisation also called on the Chinese authorities to release Shi, arrested at his home in Taiyuan in Shanxi province in the north-east on 24 November 2004 for “disclosing confidential government information”.This latest arrest only adds to the relentless pressure suffered by journalists in China, the organisation saidNational security bureau police from Changsha in the south, arrived at his home without official authorisation, arrested him and seized his computer and some personal files. Before taking him away, they told his wife, Wang Huan, not to tell anyone about the arrest and certainly not the media, or her husband would be mistreated.The 36-year-old poet and journalist worked until last May for the daily Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Trade News). He also contributed to several newspapers and had written a number of articles for online forums, particularly Min Zhu Lun Tan (Democracy Forum).In a letter to his family, Shi said that he had been transferred to Changsha and reassured them that he was well. His brother, Shi Hua, however told Reporters Without Borders that his family was very worried. They had only received a “detention letter” instead of, as the law demands, a “detention certificate” and were not allowed to visit him. They did not know what the real reasons for his imprisonment were.Some 25 journalists and 62 cyberdissidents are currently imprisoned in China.
LocalNews New date set for the inauguration of OECS Assembly by: – June 20, 2012 11 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Sharing is caring! August 10, 2012 is the new date set for the inauguration of the O.E.C.S Assembly.This was disclosed at the 55th Meeting of the O.E.C.S Heads of Authority Meeting which concluded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week.The inaugural session of the Regional Assembly which was originally scheduled for June 15, 2012 will take place in St John’s Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit who represented Dominica at that meeting says a combined membership of Government and Opposition Parliamentarians has already been submitted to the OECS Secretariat in St. Lucia.“In Dominica’s case the leader of the opposition and four from the Government side will represent Dominica at this O.E.C.S Assembly”.Prime Minister Skerrit has confirmed that Dominica fully supports the formalization of this assembly.“We look forward to this assembly. Our hope is that very important regional matters which affect the people of the O.E.C.S will be discussed”. The revised Treaty of Basseterre of 2010, which governs the OECS move towards an Economic Union, outlines provisions for the establishment of the OECS Assembly as one of the five principles of the sub-regional grouping.Meanwhile Prime Minister Skerrit reports that the economic situation confronting O.E.C.S Member states were also discussed by O.E.C.S heads at the June 10-13 meeting in St.Vincent.“As you know there is a real global crisis affecting every single country of the O.E.C.S. There is a dramatic drop in revenue and there is also an increase in expenditure and the question is how do you balance those things”? The Dominica leader said further that “In the face of this economic situation O.E.C.S Governments have had to continue providing the goods and services to its people and in some cases they had to increase the amount spent on social safety net programmes to respond to the challenges which citizens are confronted with”.The prime minister added that the O.E.C.S heads will continue to discuss this issue when they meet later this month.“We intend to meet again to continue to discuss this particularly at the Monetary Council Meeting which will be held later this month in St.Kitts and Nevis and to device strategies as to how we can overcome some of those challenges”. Other matters discussed during the three-day session included the application by Guadeloupe and Martinique for associate membership in the OECS; the appointment of a new chief justice for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, a report from the meeting with opposition leaders and issues related to the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.Government Information Service