Open letter to Hillary Clinton on eve of human rights dialogue with China

first_imgNews RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News May 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Hillary Clinton on eve of human rights dialogue with China Follow the news on China News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Secretary of State Hillary ClintonUS Department of StateWashington DCUSAParis, 12 May 2010Dear Secretary of State Clinton,When the United States and China begin the next round in their Human Rights Dialogue in Washington tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders urges you to raise the question of China’s censorship of the Internet and news media, in line with the statement of support for online free expression that you made on 21 January.It is essential that the United States put pressure on the Chinese authorities for concrete results and a specific follow-up to the priorities that have been identified and to the undertakings they have given. We encourage you to do everything possible to bring Chinese NGOs into this process, above all to ensure an independent evaluation.We also urge you to press the Chinese negotiators for the release of the approximately 100 journalists and netizens who are imprisoned in China, making specific reference to the intellectual Liu Xiaobo, the website editor Huang Qi, the human rights activist Hu Jia, the cyber-dissident Zhang Jianhong, better known by the pseudonym of Li Hong, and the online journalist Yang Tianshui. The health of the last three is very worrying. Their lives are in danger.Finally, we ask you to ensure that the cases raised in this session are also raised by the Department of Commerce during the next round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that is due to start on 23 May. It is a positive sign that Assistant Secretary of State Mike Posner will be participating. We think that censorship of the media and Internet has an impact on economic exchanges and, in particular, on the transparency and monitoring of investments, and can be regarded as an obstacle to trade.Every effort must be made in this dialogue to avoid the unproductive outcome seen so often in the past, an outcome marked by vague statements of intent that are quickly ignored, while being used by the Chinese authorities to claim that they are making progress on the human rights front. The opposite is the case – repression has been stepped up in recent months.China is the world’s biggest prison for journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents. Not content with having its Internet users monitored by a 40,000-member cyber-police, China has established a very sophisticated system of online censorship that combines blocking of websites and blocking of keywords covering subjects ranging from human rights and democracy to the Dalai Lama. The regime has its propaganda everywhere online and it can count on the cooperation of international companies such as Yahoo! and Microsoft which, unlike Google, still censor the results of their search engines.Thousands of websites have been closed using the pretext of a campaign against pornography launched in January 2009. The authorities have announced that websites must be registered on a white-list to avoid being blocked and that Internet users will have to identify themselves in order to post comments online. The State Secrets Law has been amended to force Internet and telecommunications companies to cooperate closely with the authorities on matters relating to national security.But more and more Chinese Internet users are becoming aware of the scale of the censorship and are using circumvention tools in order to access blocked sites. They are also waging campaigns of support for Iranian dissidents and for their fight for democracy. We call on you to make their voices heard by the authorities and to help them to reverse the growth in censorship.The traditional media are also subject to draconian censorship. The Propaganda Department and the government’s Information Office have imposed strict rules on coverage of the Shanghai World Expo. It is hard to imagine a “Better city – Better life” in a country that censors the Internet and jails human rights activists on such a wide scale. The Expo 2010 Shanghai slogan is meaningless. To denounce all this censorship and repression, Reporters Without Borders has launched a virtual Garden of Liberties on its website at http://en.rsf.org/shanghai_en.html.In your historic speech of 21 January, you clearly affirmed your country’s support for online free speech and freedom of opinion, making it a cornerstone of US diplomacy. We now urge you to defend these principles in your relations with the country that has undeniably developed the world’s most elaborate mechanisms for controlling the Internet.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our requests.Sincerely, April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Megan Hilty as Mona in Whorehouse!

first_img Megan Hilty 2. Orfeh—21% Immoral pleasures? She played a stripper in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Business smarts? She seemed to do pretty well running The Hair Affair in Legally Blonde. Obviously, it’s a natural fit for her to play the owner of a brothel down south. Plus, just imagine those riffs. Star Files As soon as we heard the news that Rob Ashford was bringing The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas back to Broadway, we were, a) doing the sidestep with excitement and b) wrapping our casting director minds around who would be the perfect Mona. The role landed Carlin Glynn a Tony Award back in 1979, so whoever takes on Mona now has some big cowboy boots to fill. So, who do you want to see run the Chicken Ranch? The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 3. Kristin Chenoweth—19% Maybe not everything is bigger in Texas. Kristin Chenoweth certainly has the spunk, but it’d also be interesting to see the Tony winner take on a role that’s also no-nonsense. We’ve heard her coloratura soprano and her classic Broadway belt. Now it’s time for Cheno to bring her proven country chops to the Great White Way!center_img 1. Megan Hilty—27% Hmm…Megan Hilty in a role Dolly Parton has played on screen. Has that ever been done before? Oh, right. Sure, she’s a bit younger than the part is traditionally portrayed, but this Smashing starlet would bring a welcomed youthful energy to Mona, and as she’s proven in several roles, has both the camp factor and dramatic flair to bring some life to that “Little Bitty Pissant Country Place.” View Comments Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

IMF says global economic outlook better than June prediction

first_img“I would emphasize we are not out of the woods,” Rice said, calling the outlook “very challenging” with emerging markets facing a “precarious” situation due to the coronavirus.Economists also fear that a second wave of infections could damage growth. Governments including Britain and France have reinstituted some restrictions in recent days, although on a much more limited scale than earlier in the year.Rice said households and businesses in the United States continue to face challenges and signaled that the fund supports more fiscal support for the economy. Talks on another round of stimulus are deadlocked in Washington weeks before President Donald Trump stands for a second term in the November polls.In a column earlier this month, IMF leader Kristalina Georgieva and chief economist Gita Gopinath said governments should continue to support workers and businesses since the unprecedented nature of the crisis could give rise to a wave of bankruptcies and job destruction.”This crisis, however, is far from over,” they wrote. “The recovery remains very fragile and uneven across regions and sectors. To ensure that the recovery continues, it is essential that support not be prematurely withdrawn.”They cautioned that, “Though the world has learned to live with the virus, a full recovery is unlikely without a permanent medical solution.” Topics : The global economic outlook is less bleak than projected in June, an IMF spokesman said Thursday, hinting that the organization’s forecasts for growth will be raised next month.”Recent incoming data suggests that the outlook may be somewhat less dire” than projected in the Washington-based crisis lender’s World Economic Outlook published in June, spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters, nothing that “parts of the global economy (are) beginning to turn the corner.”As the coronavirus has moved through the world, economists have been forced to constantly revise their forecasts for growth.center_img The International Monetary Fund is set to update its global outlook on October 13, though Rice did not reveal details about the new projection.In its June forecast, the fund said world GDP would drop by 4.9 percent and the virus would wipe out $12 trillion over two years, However China and some other advanced economies performed better than expected in the second quarter of 2020, Rice said, partly due to the easing of lockdown measures after the near total shutdowns earlier in the year.”We’re also seeing signs of global trade slowly beginning to recover,” Rice said. last_img read more