Outrage over travesty of justice for journalist Shi Tao

first_img Receive email alerts to go further News March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the travesty of justice in which dissident journalist Shi Tao appeared before the state prosecutor in the southern city of Changsha in a secret, two-hour hearing on 11 March and was found guilty of “illegally divulging state secrets abroad.”Sentencing is due on 25 March at the latest. He reportedly faces the possibility of being sentenced to between 10 years and life imprisonment.Shi was able to see his mother and brother for 10 minutes after the hearing. Seeing that he was suffering from flu, they wanted to provide him with medicine but the authorities refused.Shi’s lawyer, Guo Guoting, was banned from practising for a year on 4 March by the justice department in the eastern city of Shanghai, so Shi was represented at the hearing by one of Guo Guoting’s colleagues.________________________________________________________________________________04.02.2005Journalist faces possible life sentence for posting Tiananmen document on websiteReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the charge of “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” that was brought against journalist and poet Shi Tao on 28 January for posting an official document relating to the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on a foreign website. Shi, who has been detained since November, faces a sentence of between three years and life imprisonment if convicted.The press freedom organization said it was “absolutely scandalous” that China has imprisoned a journalist for trying to inform people around the world about Tiananmen at a moment when the European Union is considering lifting the arms embargo that was imposed after the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators.This shows how forcefully the Chinese Communist Party opposes any democratic opening, Reporters Without Borders said, announcing that it will ask for Shi’s case to be raised at the next EU-China dialogue meeting on 24-25 February in Luxembourg.Shi worked for the daily Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News), based in the southern province of Hunan. The charges against him, brought to the court by the office of the people’s prosecutor in Changsha, the capital of Hunan, relate to an official document and articles he posted on websites and discussion forums based outside China.In April 2004, Shi sent the dissident online newspaper Min Zhu Ton Xun the abstract note of a document sent to his newspaper by the authorities warning journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation and risks linked to the return of certain dissidents on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.Shi used a pseudonym to post his note, but state security ministry agents identified him thanks to the filters installed on the Chinese Internet. The ministry told the prosecutor the document was “Jue Mi” (top secret). Shi’s lawyer, Thomas Guo, says Shi acknowledges sending his note but disputes its confidential nature.Guo visited Shi on 25 January and he said Shi was in good physical and mental condition. “The law on state secrets is not very clear,” he said. “As a result, the interpretation of the concept of so-called secrets is vague. It is therefore very easy for the authorities to use this law against journalists who speak their mind.”Shi is currently held in Changsha after being arrested in Taiyuan in the northeastern province of Shanxi on 24 November. At the time of his arrest, the police told his wife, Wang Huan, not to tell anyone, especially not the news media, or else her husband would be mistreated.Dissident journalist Yang Tianshui was meanwhile provisionally released on 25 January after being held for a month in Hangzhou, the capital of the southeastern province of Zhejiang. Charged with “inciting subversion of the state,” he must remain available to the authorities and live at the home of his sister, who has assumed responsibility for him.Reporters Without Borders said it was calling for the lifting of all the charges against Yang, whose articles have been posted on the Internet and in the Chinese-language edition of Epoch Times, a daily newspaper published abroad. He recently wrote about the torture of human rights activists and the protection which the authorities have afforded to certain criminals. Follow the news on China March 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage over travesty of justice for journalist Shi Tao Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Journalist and poet Shi Tao has been charged with “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” for posting an official document relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on the Internet. His lawyer says the authorities are exploiting a vaguely-worded law. Reporters Without Borders is asking the European Union to intervene. last_img read more

Muslim Student Association hosts annual Islam Awareness Week

first_imgIn order to educate the Notre Dame community about their faith, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) kicked off its annual Islam Awareness Week on Saturday and is hosting events through this Friday.“Generally, the week is here to raise awareness about Islam and answer questions about it,” sophomore and MSA vice president Douha Morchid said. “We’re inviting students to actually ask us questions. Where sometimes they might be shy to do so on a daily basis, this is an opportunity for everyone to actually come and ask us.”On Monday, the club hosted a “Hijab Day” and handed out free hijabs and donuts in LaFortune Student Center.“People usually have a lot of questions around hijabs, and I guess the best thing is to make them try it and see how it feels and also answer their questions,” Morchid said. “And as a hijabi on campus it feels good to see more hijabis around, at least for a day.”Last year, Morchid said, the event was so popular hijabs ran out by the early afternoon.“Last year, I remember at 1 p.m. I didn’t find any hijabs for my roommates,” she said. “So people actually interacted more with it than I expected. I think last year was the first time that I experienced this — which is a nice thing — and I feel like the Notre Dame community is open to trying things, which is actually nice.”The group aims to continue discussion throughout the week, Morchid said, with an Islam Awareness Week Dinner on Tuesday, a Quran halaqah — or study session — Wednesday and an interfaith discussion with the Jewish Student Association and Iron Sharpens Iron on Thursday.Morchid said the halaqah will allow students to learn more about the Quran, Islam’s sacred text.“[We] technically just get together with Muslim and non-Muslim students [to] just discuss some verses from the Quran,” she said. “It’s just an open discussion and everyone is invited if they have questions. It’s really open and we don’t really have someone who knows a lot about the religion, but we just want to [generate] discussion about maybe some controversial verses in the Quran.”Abdul AlJumaily, a graduate student and member of the Muslim Student Association, said his favorite event of the week is the Friday mosque visit.“We have a religious belief that if you attend Friday prayer and then you attend the following prayer, that if you follow the main commandments in our religion, all your sins for that previous seven days are wiped clean, as long as you abstain from major sins,” he said. “It’s also a great time for community to interact with our fellow students.”More than anything, AlJumaily said, MSA aims to engage the Notre Dame community this week and dismantle misconceptions about their faith.“Islam more than any other religion has been misrepresented in terms of extremism and violence, so it’s great to come out here and interact with the community and show a friendly face and do the Lord’s work,” he said.Tags: halaqah, Hijab Day, islam awareness week, Muslim Student Associationlast_img read more