Imprisoned cyber-dissident hospitalised after going on hunger strike

first_img Receive email alerts September 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned cyber-dissident hospitalised after going on hunger strike News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the condition of cyber-dissident Zhang Lin (photo), who has been rushed to hospital after beginning a hunger strike at the start of September to protest against his five-year prison sentence and to demand to be allowed to see his lawyer, Mo Shaoping. Detained since 29 January, Zhang was convicted by a court in Benghu, in Anhui province, on 28 July of “jeopardising national security” by posting reports and essays on the Internet that were “contrary to the bases of the constitution.” At the end of the trial, Zhang and his lawyer indicated they intended to appeal.____________________________________________________3.08.2005Cyber-dissident Zhang Lin gets five years in prisonReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the five-year prison sentence imposed by a court in Benghu (in Anhui province, west of Shanghai) on 28 July on cyber-dissident Zhang Lin for “violating national security.” His lawyer was notified only today. Zhang intends to appeal.”The Chinese judges were deaf to Zhang’s plea of not guilty on the basis of the right to free expression because, in their view, expressing oneself on the Internet is a crime that deserves five years in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for his release and the withdrawal of all charges against him.”Coming after Shi Tao’s 10-year prison sentence, this latest heavy sentence confirms that the justice system holds freedom of expression in complete contempt and that the crackdown on pro-democracy intellectuals begun by President Hu Jintao continues,” the press freedom organisation added.After Zhang’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, was notified today, his wife immediately went to the court to get a copy of the sentence. She said Zhang, who will also be deprived of his political rights for four years after completion of the prison term, was devastated by the severity of the sentence. He and his lawyer were determined to appeal, she added. They have 10 days starting tomorrow to file the appeal.Zhang, who has been imprisoned since 29 January 2005, was convicted of posting reports and essays on the Internet which were “contrary to the bases of the constitution” and which “jeopardised national unity and territorial sovereignty, spread lies and disturbed public order and social stability.” The sentence was imposed under article 105 of the criminal law on “subversion.”The indictment presented at his trial, held behind closed doors on 21 June, quoted one of his essays in which he used the words of a punk song. The prosecutor also made much of the fact that he gave an interview to a foreign news media. News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Another attack on a Palestinian journalist

first_img RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes April 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another attack on a Palestinian journalist to go further Follow the news on Palestine News Reporters Without Borders today roundly condemned a brutal attack by masked men last night in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Palestinian photographer Jamal Aruri, who works for the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).As far as Reporters Without Borders knows, this was the first attack on a Palestinian journalist in Ramallah since the start of a wave of violence against the news media in the Palestinian territories in September 2003. The organisation reiterated its urgent appeal for immediate and thorough investigations into these press freedom violations.”Because of their slowness and passivity, the Palestinian security services bear a heavy responsibility for these repeated attacks on news media and journalists in the territories under their control,” the organisation said. It added : “Until now, no investigation has produced any result and no one has been brought to trial. These abuses have been allowed to go totally unpunished, leaving journalists vulnerable to the struggles between political clans and the security chaos.”Aruri, 38, was beaten in the car park of his house by two men armed with clubs, who injured his elbow and left his face and body covered with bruises. He was still in hospital today and had to undergo an operation. “I don’t understand the reason for this attack,” he told AFP. “I don’t have problems here with anyone.” Aruri was questioned today by the Palestinian police.Reporters Without Borders is aware of at least two physical attacks on Palestinian journalists since September 2003, and two cases of ransacking and vandalism of news media offices. These attacks have been carried out by armed and, usually, masked men. A journalist was also murdered on 2 March in Gaza: Khalil Al-Zebin, the editor of the fortnightly An-Nashra and a close adviser of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Arafat on 2 March urging him to do everything possible to “remedy the laxity of the security forces, which is unfortunately taking a toll on the Palestinian media.” The organisation said the results of investigations must be made public and those responsible for attacks on the safety and freedom of journalists must be prosecuted. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalistscenter_img June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more