Authorities suppress “right to know” about Tianjin explosions

first_img News News Receive email alerts Organisation The Chinese Communist Party has issued a series of directives to online media and Internet users since the massive chemical explosions in Tianjin on 12 and 15 August.With the support of the propaganda departments of various provinces, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the government agency in charge of Internet censorship) is trying to control the story by celebrating the heroism of the fire-fighters and highlighting moving rescue tales.But at the same time, it is concealing concerns about the cause of the explosions, the deaths of many fire-fighters and rescue personnel, and the fate of those who are missing.“In a distress situation such as this, it is essential to provide the maximum information, especially to those directly effected by the disaster,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We regret that the initial reactions of the authorities suggest a scenario similar to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, when they opted for a policy of censorship and repression. By orchestrating the now traditional succession of propaganda and censorship measures, they are displaying a flagrant indifference to the public’s legitimate concerns.”The Cyberspace Administration of China has insisted that coverage of the explosions is limited to use of the dispatches published by Xinhua, the government news agency. Adding personal comments or opinions is strictly forbidden. Live video feeds are also forbidden.The Tianjin Propaganda Department has banned the employees of TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and microblogging platforms, including reporters, presenters and editors, from posting information about the explosions on social networks.In some provinces, online news media outlets have been ordered to withdraw text references and photos of the Tianjin disaster from their homes pages and from their lists of recommended articles.On 13 August, CNN correspondent Will Ripley was harassed and jostled by individuals while reporting live from a hospital that was receiving victims. As a result, he was forced to stop broadcasting. Policemen who were there made no attempt to intervene and even prevented a colleague from coming to his aid.Seth Doane, a reporter for CBS, another US television broadcaster, and his crew were prevented from filming the same day by policemen who put their hands over the lens of his camera. Officials also confiscated the memory card of a Taiwanese reporter for Eastern Multimedia when he went too close to the site of the blast.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific News to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders condemns the controls on information about the situation in the industrial port city of Tianjin that the government has imposed in the wake of last week’s tragic events there. News April 27, 2021 Find out more August 18, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities suppress “right to know” about Tianjin explosions Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

Celia wins TV3’s Celebrity Salon

first_img Previous articleNew retail planning guidelines will impact on LimerickNext articleMoyross land deal fails admin Linkedin Advertisement IT has been just two weeks since Celia Holman Lee received a Mayoral Reception at City Hall. Mayor Kevin Kiely honoured the model agency owner for the hugely positive contribution that she has made to Limerick over the years. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But last night Celia was doing it again for her native city when she walked away the winner of Celebrity Salon on TV3.Following the result, a delighted Celia said, “I’m just thrilled, I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up, I thought I wouldn’t remember half the things because, you move on in life, things don’t snap at you as quickly”.Virginia Macari the runner-up in the reality programme had been tipped as one of the hot favourites to win TV3’s Celebrity Salon.Six celebrities spent twelve days being groomed into hardened beauty professionals. Viewers got to witness the laughs, drama and tension as the six coped with the miraculous world of tanning, waxing, hair and beauty.The other celebrities included former Big Brother contestant Brian Dowing, The Clinic actress Leigh Arnold, model Pippa O’Connor, The Apprentice contestant Breffiny Morgan and Virginia Macari from the Podge and Rodge Show. Print Emailcenter_img NewsLocal NewsCelia wins TV3’s Celebrity SalonBy admin – June 24, 2010 503 WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Nunley named executive director of Main Street Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Main Street Greensburg Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Terrah Nunley has been hired as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Ms. Nunley graduated from Winchester Community High School in Randolph County, Indiana; from Vincennes University with an Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies; and from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.  She worked previously in the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office; with the State of Indiana in the Department of Child Services Child Support Bureau; and most recently at ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust in Batesville.Ms. Nunley moved to Greensburg five years ago and is a resident of the Downtown District.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels, and was previously a member of the Main Street Greensburg Board, where she was an integral member of the Promotions Committee and volunteer at the 2018 Tenderloin Throwdown.She is an enthusiastic supporter of small business, and is dedicated to affecting positive change in our community.  Her duties as Executive Director for Main Street Greensburg will require her to promote economic development in the Downtown District, be an advocate for businesses and business owners, research and pursue grant opportunities for Main Street Greensburg and the City of Greensburg, oversee the organization’s Façade Grant and Small Business Revolving Loan programs, as well as maintain and plan events hosted by Main Street Greensburg, including the Farmers’ Market, the Tenderloin Throwdown, the Market to Meal alleyway dinner, and the Holiday Walk.The Main Street Greensburg Board of Directors trusts that Ms. Nunley’s education, work history, enthusiasm, volunteer experience, and community involvement have prepared her for this vitally important position. The Board is confident that she possesses the operational and communication skills, as well as leadership ability to take Main Street Greensburg to great heights in the future.  We are excited to see where she will help lead our organization and our community. Submitted by Main Street Greensburglast_img read more

Europa League: UEFA name Dutch ref for Sevilla vs Inter final

first_imgUEFA announced in an official statement that Dutchman Danny Makkelie will be the referee of the Europa League final as Sevilla and Inter Milan go for the top prize on Friday. UEFA also confirmed that the assistant referees will be Mario Diks and Hessel Steegstra (both from Holland) while the fourth official is Anastasios Sidiropolous from Greece. The VAR is Jochem Kamphuis of Holland while the AVARs will be Kevin Blom (Holland) and Pawel Gil (Poland). Tomasz Sololnicki of Poland will be AVAR3 and be in charge of drawing the offside lines. Read Also: Bayern current squad better than 2013 treble heroes, says Neuer Referee Makkelie has officiated seven Champions League games and the Europa League clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Rangers. It will be his first ever Europa League final. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Actors Who Quit Movies For Shocking ReasonsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew Aboutlast_img read more

With Corp near recovery, other Trojans are sidelined

first_imgFreshman quarterback Matt Barkley dropped back during a team scrimmage Saturday and lobbed a pass over the middle to a streaking receiver. The throw elicited a momentary roar of approval from the crowd that died out after the receiver bobbled the pass.In a scrimmage punctuated by hard hits and dropped passes, Barkley played a role in many of the best plays on the offensive side of the ball while his counterpart, redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp, stood on the sidelines and watched, his left knee secured in a brace and elastic sleeve.On his way · Corp says he feels good enough to return to practice. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily TrojanCorp suffered a small crack in his left fibula two weeks ago that has since kept him from participating fully in practice. The injury further muddled the picture at quarterback, where Corp and Barkley have been battling for the starting spot.Corp entered fall camp as the starter, but his injury and Barkley’s steady improvement have reopened the question of who will start Sept. 5 in the season opener against San Jose State.Head coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Corp needed to be practicing full speed by Tuesday if he wanted a chance to start the season opener. Corp got a head start on that deadline by sneaking into a series of plays during the Saturday morning practice.“I think it was against the trainer’s [orders] but Coach let me go,” Corp said. “It felt fine.”Despite missing almost two weeks, Corp said he did not expect the time off to affect his readiness for the Trojans’ first game.“I think I’ll be ready,” he said. “I gotta play well when I come back and practice. We get one more scrimmage on Saturday and then we’re into game preparation.”The status of Corp’s knee is commanding most of the attention around the team these days, but several other key members have also gone down with injuries. Junior center Kristofer O’Dowd, a mainstay on the offensive line since his arrival on campus three years ago, is questionable for the season opener after he dislocated his right kneecap during a scrimmage two weeks ago at the Coliseum.O’Dowd said his personal goal was to be back on the field as soon as his body would allow, but wants to make sure his knee is healthy. If he is unable to play by the San Jose State game, senior offensive guard Alex Parsons will likely start at center. Parsons started 10 games at right guard last season for USC and has taken the first-team snaps in O’Dowd’s absence.O’Dowd said it wouldn’t take the rest of the offensive line long to adjust to a new center.“We’ve all been together so long,” O’Dowd said. “It’s not so much a matter of miscommunication as a different tone [in the huddle].”Preseason injuries have not been limited to the offensive side of the ball. Incoming freshman linebacker Frankie Telfort’s promising career at USC ended before it began this summer when tests revealed the highly touted freshman had a genetic heart condition. Telfort was expected to help fill the void at linebacker left by the departures of Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Rey Maualuga and Kaluka Maiava.The defensive line was also expected to help USC adjust to life without its departed linebackers, but the unit suddenly has two holes to fill.Redshirt senior Averell Spicer, a presumptive starter at defensive tackle, sprained his ankle during fall camp and will be out for at least another one to two weeks. Sophomore defensive end Armond Armstead broke his foot last week after safety Shane Horton stepped on it. Armstead, who has already had surgery, is expected to miss six to eight weeks.Despite the loss of two potential starters on the defensive line, Spicer does not expect the unit to miss a beat.“Our D-line is just stacked with talent,” Spicer said. “Even now we don’t know who the starters are going to be. It’s not like we don’t have guys who can play.”Junior Hebron Fangupo, a transfer from Mt. San Antonio JC, is a favorite to fill in for Spicer at the tackle spot, while sophomore Malik Jackson will look to pick up the slack for Armstead at end.last_img read more