Despondency and resignations from the liberal press

first_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemned the Chinese authorities’ hounding of liberal dailies Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis News) and Xin Jing Bao (Beijing News) which has spread despondency in the editorial offices expected to lead to journalists resigning after the Chinese New Year.”Many of us have lost hope in this newspaper after discovering the invisible monster that is hiding behind it,” one Xin Jing Bao journalist told the worldwide press freedom organisation. “A lot of us are ready to leave Xin Jing Bao to join other media, particularly news websites.””The extraordinary pressure exerted on the liberal dailies by press groups in thrall to the communist party is utterly scandalous”, the organisation said. “It is pushing a generation of courageous journalists to leave these newspapers”.Discouraged by the determination of the government newspaper Guangming Ribao to put them under close surveillance, several journalists, including section heads, have reportedly decided to leave the Beijing daily, after the Chinese New Year.The same thing has been happening at the daily Nanfang Dushi Bao, published in Guangzhou (South), after the sacking, on 30 December 2005, of its deputy editor, Xia Yitao. The Publicity Department (formerly Propaganda Department) was displeased by the headline of an article about sanctions imposed on a deputy governor after a coal mining accident.”Even the imprisonment of the former editor Cheng Yizhong didn’t manage to discourage us. But this is now changing, since the Nanfang press group to which the paper belongs, has been sending us very conservative people to sack the journalists they do not appreciate,” one journalist told Reporters Without Borders. “This newspaper is getting to be more and more like a government office. That is the reason for the imminent departure of the cultural editor and some of his colleagues who have no more faith in their newspaper” ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Apart from an ideological turning of the screw, the desire of official press groups to bring these popular dailies under control also has a financial motive.”The former communist press is proving less and less successful. As a result, it has decided to tap into the revenue of the popular new newspapers aimed at an urban public. Nanfang Dushi Bao is a notable example of this. It earns a lot of money. Unfortunately, these resignations will allow Guangming Ribao and Nanfang Ribao to place their own journalists within the editorial teams, which will mean a victory for the Chinese communist party,” concluded one Beijing journalist.center_img Follow the news on China to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the authorities have been harassing liberal daily newspapers such as Beijing News and Southern Metropolis News. Many of their journalists are discouraged and are thinking of quitting after the Chinese New Year. January 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Despondency and resignations from the liberal press China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Freelance journalist Carlos Alberto Dominguez González released

first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Receive email alerts News Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 8 June 2004, after 27months in prison, of freelance journalist Carlos Alberto Dominguez González,because of poor health. The organisation pointed out that 28 Cubanjournalists remain in prison. October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet to go further RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News News Reporters Without Borders welcomed the 8 June release after 27 months in prison, of freelance journalist Carlos Alberto Dominguez González, because of poor health. “Carlos Alberto Dominguez González should never have been imprisoned or detained, in these appalling conditions. We hold the authorities in Havana responsible for the journalist’s state of health,” said Reporters Without Borders. The international press freedom organisation strongly condemned the methods of Fidel Castro’s government and called for the immediate release of 28 jailed Cuban journalists.Cuba is the world’s largest prison for journalists, behind China (27) and Eritrea (14). Reporters Without Borders ranks President Castro as one of 37 “predators” of press freedom worldwide.Four state security agents arrested González at his Havana home on 23 February 2002, on the eve of a commemorative mass organised by the opposition in tribute to four pilots working for a relief organisation whose planes were shot down by the Cuban Air Force in 1996. He had already been arrested several times because of his political activism and his articles. He was also banned from leaving the country, despite the fact that he, his wife and three children had US visas since June 2000. He was charged with “insult” and “public disorder”. After two days of interrogation in Villa Marista, the headquarters of State Security in Havana and ten days held at the Technical Investigations Department (DTI) in Havana, González was transferred on 8 March 2002 to the Carlos J. Finlay de Marianao military hospital in the capital. He was suffering from high blood pressure, migraines and gastritis. All his visits were postponed “because of his state of health”. From 29 March he was imprisoned without trial at the “maximum security” Valle Grande prison 60 kms from the capital. Three months after his arrest he renounced his right to a lawyer since he was never allowed to see him and because his lawyer could not get access to his file. On13 October, he was transferred to Combinado del Este prison, Havana for joining a hunger strike by political prisoners to protest at brutality against three of them.González, 51, is a journalist with the press agency Cuba Verdad, head of the Instituto del derecho and member of the 30 November democratic Party, both banned. June 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist Carlos Alberto Dominguez González released CubaAmericas October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Supreme Court Stays Delhi High Court’s Contempt Notice To Centre; Asks Centre To Place Plan To Increase Oxygen Supply To Delhi As 700 MT

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Stays Delhi High Court’s Contempt Notice To Centre; Asks Centre To Place Plan To Increase Oxygen Supply To Delhi As 700 MT Radhika Roy5 May 2021 2:29 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the show-cause notice issued by the Delhi High Court to the Central Government for contempt action over its failure to supply 700 MT medical oxygen per day to Delhi as per the directions of Supreme Court and the High Court.”Hauling up officers taking recourse to contempt jurisdiction will not itself resolve the problems confronting the National Capital Territory of Delhi. When the country is facing the pandemic, the effort of the court must be to solve the problem by actively engaging with stakeholders”, the Supreme Court said.However, the Court emphasized that the Central Government has to comply with the April 30 order of the Supreme Court to increase supply of medical oxygen to Delhi as 700 MT per day to deal with the COVID19 crisis. The Court stressed that its April 30 order can only be interpreted as a direction to supply 700 MT oxygen per day to Delhi.The Court has directed the Central Government to place before it a plan, with a tabulated chart, which will indicate the manner in which the Centre will comply with the SC order to supply 700 MT of medical oxygen.The plan should indicate :- (1) sources of supply, (2) provision for transportation and (3) logistical arrangements necessary.The plan has to be placed before the bench tomorrow morning at 10.30 AM.A bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah was hearing the petition filed by the Central Government against the Delhi High Court order.It may be noted that the Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Centre for its failure to meet the assurance with regard to the supply of 700MT per day liquid medical oxygen to the Delhi Government in line with the directions passed by the Supreme Court.A division bench comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli had directed the presence of Central Government officers Sumita Dawra and Piyush Goyal, who are handling oxygen allocation to states, on May 5, to explain the failure to comply with the High Court and Supreme Court’s order to supply the required oxygen to the Delhi Government to treat critical COVID patients.The Centre moved the Supreme Court today against the Delhi High Court order, and the matter was assigned to Justice Chandrachud’s bench after the matter was mentioned by the Solicitor General before the Chief Justice of India.From the SC hearingAt the outset, Justice DY Chandrachud took exception to Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma telling the Delhi High Court that the Supreme Court has not directed the supply of 700 MT per day of oxygen to Delhi.”Why does your ASG say we have not directed 700 MT? The problem is when your ASG argues this before Delhi HC…you are getting into cross-fire”, Justice Chandrachud told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.”I am not getting into it. I will stand by my colleague”, the Solicitor General replied.”After the Supreme Court order, the effort must be to comply. Putting officers in jail or hauling them up for contempt will not get oxygen. Let us find solutions. Let us ensure lives are saved’, Justice Chandrachud said.The judge stressed that there should be “a spirit of cooperation” to save the lives of the people.The Solicitor General said that the Centre is in the process of reaching the figure of 700 MT, and eventually it will be reached. He informed that yesterday, 585 MT was allocated.The SG explained that the allocation of medical oxygen quota for each state is on the basis of a formula evolved by experts. The demand of each state is projected on the basis of hospital beds and COVID cases.Based on this formula, the Solicitor General said that the demand made by Delhi Government for 700 MT was not justified.SG: 50% of ICU beds need 10 litres per minute and 100% needs 20 per minute. I’m not going back from my statement. The figure by Delhi Govt for 700 is not justified. Every State has demanded more, but allocation is based on this formula. #DelhiHighCourt #SupremeCourt— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 5, 2021 Bed-oxygen formula not scientific, the bench saysJustice Chandrachud asked if the formula evolved for allocation of oxygen quota is scientific. The judge noted that the formula was based on an assumption that 100% ICU beds need oxygen and 50% non-ICU beds need oxygen.”Different states are peaking at different points of time. So, you cannot have a general assessment for the entire country”, Justice Chandrachud observed.He also wondered if such a ‘rough and ready’ formula is really scientific. “We need to do it little more scientifically”, Justice Chandrachud observed.The bench then asked the SG the details of daily allocation to Delhi after the Supreme Court’s order directing supply of 700 MT per day was uploaded on May 2.The SG informed that on May 3 the allocation was 433 MT and May 4 it was 585 MT. At this juncture, Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for Delhi Government, corrected the figure as 555 MT, saying there was a double accounting.The bench asked the SG what are the modalities to ensure 700 MT for Delhi. The bench said that it has directed the supply of 700 MT per day to Delhi despite the Centre’s stand that the said figure is on the higher side.Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta, who is the amicus curiae in the suo moto COVID case, said that computing oxygen need on the basis of hospital beds is not scientific as there are many people, who have not got hospital admissions, who require oxygen.Agreeing with this, the bench said that the hospital-bed formula for oxygen supply was not scientific and urged the Centre to have a rethink of it.500 MT not sufficient for Delhi, bench saysJustice Chandrachud observed during the hearing that the ground situation showed that 500 MT allocation for Delhi was not sufficient.The judge made this remark after the Solicitor General said that Delhi will be able to manage with 500 MT.”According to me, if they have 500, they will be able to manage. We don’t have unlimited oxygen, we will have to rationalize”, the SG said.The bench said that it cannot accept this.”We are answerable to the citizens. As Judges we don’t have contact with as many people as you are. But, officers in my office tell, lawyers are crying, asking for help. 550 is not sufficient. The ground situation shows that”, Justice Chandrachud said.Can Mumbai model be replicated?The bench suggested that the model adopted by the Mumbai Corporation to tackle the oxygen shortage issue can be replicated in Delhi.”Bombay Municipal Corporation is doing some great work. What are they doing?How are they managing? I understand that Maharashtra also produces oxygen, which Delhi cant do. But if a great metropolis like Mumbai could do it, Delhi could also take some lessons”, Justice Chandrahcud remarked.The Solicitor General also agreed that the Mumbai model, which managed with 275 MT of oxygen when the active cases were 92,000, was laudable.Justice Chandrachud suggested that the Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of both the Delhi Government and the Central Government have a discussion with the Commissioner of Mumbai Corporation to draw from Mumbai’s experiences.”‘If both the Chief Secretary and Health Secretary of Delhi and Centre could converse with BMC commissioner and the additional commissioner,if you can draw from that experience, how you can create storage tanks, and buffer storage etc, if you can do between today and Monday, we will get a plan in place for Delhi on the Bombay model…we will have a fairly successful model in a globlal metropolis in Delhi”, Justice Chandrachud remarked.”We want to analyse what was done in a large metropolis like Mumbai and how it can be emulated, as we are answerable to citizens of Delhi”, the judge added.In the order passed after the hearing, the bench noted :”There has been a consensus that a team of officers from the GNCTD and the Centre will engage within next three days with the officials and medical experts of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and derive some learning from the modaliities which were followed in augmenting oxygen supply. Baseed on those shared eexperiences, steps can be taken, for replicating the administrative arrangements in Mumbai in Delhi”The Supreme Court also clarified that the stay of the show-cause notice of the High Court does not mean that the High Court has been restrained from dealing with the matter any further.”We clarify that the stay which is being granted shall not operate as an order of restraint on HC in continuing to monitor the allocation of oxygen in the proceedings before it”, the bench said in the order.Click here to read/download the order TagsOxygen Shortage #Delhi High Court Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud Next Storylast_img read more