RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemned the Chinese authorities’ decision, revealed today, to try New York Times researcher Zhao Yan on charges of fraud and divulging state secrets. According to the legal deadline, the trial should take place in the next two months. In theory, Zhao faces the possibility of the death penalty although it is rarely passed on prisoners of conscience.“We regret that the government turned a deaf ear to the many calls for the release of this respected journalist. At least, after 15 months of detention, Zhao is going to be able to defend himself in court against the baseless charges brought against him by the Chinese authorities. We hope, at the very least, that the trial will be fair and that foreign observers and the press will be able to attend,” Reporters Without Borders said. Mo Shaoping, one of Zhao’s lawyers, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that he was notified today by the office of the Beijing prosecutor that the case will go to court. The prosecutor had previously sent the case back to the state security department twice with requests for further investigation.State security police arrested Zhao in a Shanghai restaurant on 17 September 2004. He used to be an investigative reporter with the magazine China Reform, and was well known for his coverage of the situation of peasant farmers in China.Zhao is accused of telling his employers, the New York Times, about former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin’s intention to resign from the last of his political posts before this was officially announced. The New York Times denies this. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty.Aged 42, Zhao is being held in a state security department cell in Beijing. He has reportedly lost 10 kilos in weight. After being held for more than a year in an undisclosed location, several people including one of his lawyers were recently allowed to visit him.Zhao was chosen in December to receive the prize which Reporters Without Borders and Fondation de France jointly award every year to a journalist who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to press freedom in his work, in the views he has expressed publicly, or in a stance he has taken. News Receive email alerts to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities to go ahead with trial of Zhao Yan, this year’s winner of the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific The lawyer of New York Times researcher Zhao Yan was notified today that his client will be tried within the next two months. In theory, he faces the possibility of the death penalty on charges of fraud and divulging state secrets. Reporters Without Borders condemns the decision to try a respected journalist who is innocent of the charges against him. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News March 12, 2021 Find out more
By Dialogo May 04, 2010 Spanish producer Carlos Jean brought together some of the biggest names in music to use their voices to extend a helping hand toward Haitians reeling from the earthquake that devastated the country on Jan. 12. “At first, I felt powerless,” said Jean, who is of Haitian descent. “I felt it was the right moment for all of us to do our small part and help out.” That is precisely how “Ay Haiti,” a solidarity initiative in the form of a musical hymn, was born. “In just six days more than 30,000 people came together through the Internet,” Jean said. “We had to do something.” Since its release on April 20, the theme that features Alejandro Sanz, Enrique Iglesias, Miguel Bosé, Macaco, Juanes, Estopa, Shakira and La Oreja de Van Gogh (Van Gogh’s Ear) has become the top-selling song in Spain, according to Sony Music. Singers Shakira, Juanes and Marta Sánchez, as well as soccer superstar Kun Aguero are featured on the music video for the relief single “Ay Haiti.” The song’s video, featuring such soccer players as Diego Forlán, Kaká and Sergio Agüero, and actress Paz Vega, also is getting plenty of play nationwide, according to Sony Music. The solidarity initiative took off when Jean organized some sessions of dance music, known as “mixing for Haiti,” to raise funds for Intermón Oxfam, a Spanish nonprofit organization providing assistance to the Haitian people. Intermón Oxfam has received around €7million (US$9.3 million) in donations from Spain and more than €75 million (US$99.8 million) worldwide. “It was a spontaneous call to participate: we skipped all the conventional channels as collaborations normally go,” said David Summers, of the musical group Hombres G (G Men), during the presentation of the project “Ay Haiti.” “Nobody even thought of making a single penny off of this.” The artists – all of whom were volunteers – adjusted their schedules so they could produce a chart-topping hit for a great cause, Summers said. The group performed the song live in front of a crowd of 14,000 during “La Noche de Cadena 100,” a huge concert in Madrid on April 24.
Batesville, In. — In partnership with Margaret Mary Health, Officer Jamie Straber with the Batesville Police Department will be offering a women’s self-defense program. Officer Straber will be teaching the R.A.D. (Rape, Aggression and Defense) Systems of Self Defense. This program provides a holistic approach to self-defense education and includes educational components comprised of lecture, discussion and physical-resistive strategies. This two-part class will be offered on Wednesday, May 23 & Thursday, May 24 from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM OR Wednesday, June 20 & Thursday, June 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Batesville Memorial Library Annex (10 W. Boehringer Street, Batesville). Those interested in participating MUST be able to attend BOTH classes in the series in order to register. There is no cost to attend, however registration is required by calling 812.933.5583.