Talk of maintaining new rules for foreign journalists after Olympics is greeted with scepticism

first_img Reporters Without Borders said it took note of yesterday’s statement by State Council information office minister Cai Wu that the new rules for the foreign press that were introduced in January as part of the preparations for next August’s Beijing Olympics could remain in force after the games are over.“So far this is just a promise like so many other promises that have been made,” the press freedom organisation said. “The authorities need to start respecting the new regulations first. We have monitored 65 cases of foreign journalists being arrested, beaten, prevented from doing a report or threatened since the new rules were supposed to take effect on 1 January. And the day before the minister’s statement, an Associated Press reporter was detained in southern China.”Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Cai said: “No document says that when this new regulation expires on 17 October next year we are going to return to the previous regulations. If practice shows that it will help the international community know better about China and if it is in the interests of China’s efforts of reform and opening up, it is not at all necessary for us to change a good policy.”Jocelyn Ford heads the press freedom committee of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, which wants the new regulations made permanent. She told Reporters Without Borders: “The minister’s statement is encouraging. I would be surprised if China went back to tighter restrictions on foreign correspondents. But we are still waiting to see whether the regulations giving foreign correspondents reporting freedom will be more fully respected by Chinese authorities. In 2007 the FCCC received reports of 180 violations of the rules, ranging from surveillance of journalists to detentions.”This is not the first time that a Chinese official has hinted that the former regulations, under which foreign reporters had to request permission every time they wanted to travel within the country or interview Chinese citizens, would not be restored after the Olympics.Wang Wei, a member of the Beijing games organising committee, promised in 2001 that there would be “total press freedom” before and during the games. But there have been many incidents involving foreign reporters this year and the Chinese media are still under the Propaganda Department’s control.The latest incident was the arrest and expulsion on 26 December of an Associated Press reporter from a village in southern China where there have been protests again the confiscation of land for a power plant. News Reporters Without Borders said it took note of yesterday’s statement by State Council information office minister Cai Wu that the new rules for the foreign press that were introduced in January as part of the preparations for next August’s Beijing Olympics could remain in force after the games are over. Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information to go further News News December 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Talk of maintaining new rules for foreign journalists after Olympics is greeted with scepticism ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Shorenstein Center announces spring 2015 fellows

first_imgThe Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of their spring 2015 fellows.“The line-up of Shorenstein Fellows for the spring semester is a group of all-stars – every one of them,” said Alex S. Jones, the center’s director.Shorenstein Center Fellows spend the academic semester researching, writing, participating in events and interacting with students, faculty and the Harvard community. Since 1986, the fellowship program has welcomed more than 250 accomplished journalists, scholars and politicians from around the globe.The spring 2015 fellows are distinguished leaders in political and investigative reporting, digital governance and technology:William E. Buzenberg is the former executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C.Jackie Calmes joined The New York Times as a national correspondent in August 2008 and covered the presidential election, the financial crisis and the first five years of the Obama administration.Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and NPR host and special correspondent. Norris also leads the Peabody Award-winning “The Race Card Project,” an initiative to foster conversations about race and cultural identity.David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center and writes about the effect of technology on ideas. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Clippers fail first part of West test

first_imgPaul, still not 100 percent after coming back from a shoulder separation, refused to make excuses.“It felt like I didn’t make anything but I didn’t know it was that bad,” he said, looking at the stat sheet. “I just couldn’t make a shot.”Marco Belinelli added 20 points and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs (39-15), who won despite 18 turnovers.With Manu Ginobili, Duncan and Parker, the Spurs have not only won titles, but have been a threat to win for more than a decade.“It’s no secret,” Paul said. “They just change to other guys around them. They’ve got a foundation with Timmy, Manu and TP so you just bring in other guys that fall in line.”Paul became a little sarcastic when asked if the Clippers are making strides with their core of players.“I don’t know,” he said. “Me, Blake and (DeAndre Jordan) are like 2 1/ 2 years and they’ve got like 17? You tell me. Yeah, we’re kind of close.“We’re working on it but obviously there’s a little bit of a difference there.”With a two-game trip to Memphis and Oklahoma City looming this weekend, then a game against Houston, the Clippers could still a move up in the standings in a week’s time.Griffin, returning from his 38-point performance in the All-Star game, scored 15 points in the first half for the Clippers and surpassed the career 6,000-point mark. He became the eighth active player to reach that milestone before the end of his fourth season.The Clippers once again had to go without J.J. Redick, whose sore hip actually turned out to be a bulging disc in his lower back. Redick, averaging 15.7 points per game, is out indefinitely. It was a golden opportunity for the Clippers, who came out of the All-Star break with a key stretch of games against Western Conference playoff contenders.It began at Staples Center on Tuesday, with the San Antonio Spurs in town and the Clippers trailing them in the Western Conference standings by only a game in the loss column.It was a systematic shutdown. Even without three starters, including guard Tony Parker, the Spurs and their championship pedigree ground through the Clippers for a 113-103 victory.“I never really set the pace. Those guys almost beat us at what we wanted to do to them,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “We wanted to play fast, they sort of pushed it at us, picked us up full court and Patty Mills was unbelievable and we never could really slow him down.” Imagine playing a Spurs team, one that also went without center Tiago Splitter and forward Kawhi Leonard, and having to explain how Mills came off the bench to score 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including the first 11 of the period.“We were slow, we didn’t play very well, so not a lot of excuses,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They were more ready for the game than we were. They played with more energy stayed focused with all the stuff, whatever was going on on the floor.“We played a very flat basketball game. I don’t think we came out to do that but that’s the way the game turned out. (Mills) killed us. I don’t know if Parker could have been much better, when you look at it.”Blake Griffin didn’t find a lot of room to work against San Antonio but still had 35 points and 12 rebounds. Jamal Crawford added 25 points, but Paul made only 1 of 10 shots and finished with 11 points and nine assists.“I thought Chris was hurting tonight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I don’t know that for a fact, but we didn’t get the whole Chris Paul tonight. That helped us — a lot.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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