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Blogger’s detention extended another four months, France urged to step up pressure

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific December 14, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger’s detention extended another four months, France urged to step up pressure News Reporters Without Borders organized a meeting today with journalists at its Paris headquarters about the case of Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger and university lecturer with dual French and Vietnamese citizenship who has been detained in Vietnam for the past four months.His brother, Duy Khanh Pham, and members of the outlawed opposition Viet Tan party, including its European representative, Binh Nguyen, were among the participants who discussed the latest news about Hoang and the role that France could play in seeking his release.Arrested on 13 August in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was teaching at the Institute of Technology, Hoang has just completed his fourth month in detention. The authorities told his family this morning that he is to be held for another four months for further investigation. Under Vietnamese law, a political prisoner can be held without trial and without seeing a lawyer for an initial four-month period that that can be renewed up to three times.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard pointed out that “the political context in Vietnam is particularly tense in the run-up to the Communist Party congress scheduled for the start of 2011.” The press freedom organization is concerned that dissidents could pay dearly for the tension within the party. Julliard urged the French and international media to cover Hoang’s plight and to take advantage of the opportunity the congress is offering “to turn the spotlight on Vietnam and draw attention to the situation of freedom of expression and human rights in this country, which is now the world’s second biggest prisoner for netizens, after China.”Reporters Without Borders calls on the French government to do more to seek Hoang’s release as soon as possible. Vietnamese human rights activists who have dual nationality are usually released or deported, or both, within a few weeks but this has not been the case with Hoang. The Australian foreign ministry managed to get Vo Hong, a human rights activist and Viet Tan member with dual Australian and Vietnamese citizenship released within 10 days of her arrest after participating in a protest against China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.In a reply to a Reporters Without Borders letter last September, then French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner said the right to consular visits had been exercised. The family is regularly told that “negotiations are continuing” without any detail being given or any improvement being noted. Reporters Without Borders fears that France may have decided to do the minimum in order not to jeopardize its relations with Vietnam.Binh Nguyen, the Viet Tan representative, said the major campaigns waged in support of French citizens held hostage abroad contrasted strangely with the silence about Hoang, 55, who lived for 20 years in France and went to university there before returning to Vietnam to promote science education.Hoang was formally charged on 20 September, five weeks after his arrest, with “activities aimed at overthrowing the government” (article 79 of the criminal code) and membership of a “terrorist organization” (the banned Viet Tan party). The maximum sentence for violating article 79 is the death penalty. Vietnam has not executed any political dissident since the mid-1980s, but prison sentences have been getting longer. A netizen was recently given a 16-year jail sentence on similar charges (http://fr.rsf.org/viet-nam-detention-illegale-et-nouvelles-21-10-2010,38632.html).When announcing the charges, the police cited 30 articles which Hoang had posted on his blog (www.pkquoc.multiply.com) under the pseudonym of Phan Kien Quoc. They also accused him of organizing 40 students into a group for training as future Viet Tan members.But his wife, Le Thi Kieu Oanh, insists that the sole reason for his arrest was his opposition to bauxite mining by a Chinese company in the central highlands. The subject is highly sensitive in Vietnam and the authorities often arrest journalists and bloggers who try to cover it (http://en.rsf.org/vietnam-french-vietnamese-blogger-charged-30-09-2010,38469.html).Speaking at today’s meeting, Hoang’s brother, Duy-Khanh Pham, praised his sister-in-law for her courage, saying she “represents the dignity that has been stripped from her husband.” She has been allowed only two brief visits under police supervision since his arrest, Pham reported.“He has lost of lot of weight, and his physical health and psychological state have deteriorated a great deal,” he said. “He is no longer the same man. His way of thinking has changed (as a result of) his physical isolation and his isolation from the media.” Pham said he was worried that, if the authorities detained him for a year, they might be able to extract a confession from him or obtain his consent to release under unacceptable conditions. The Viet Tan party says it is concerned about the possibility of “a conviction on false grounds and an exemplary sentence to inspire fear.”Pham said four scenarios were possible in the coming months: “His release without charge, renewal of the detention order, deportation or a summons for a court trial, which could happen at any moment.” He pointed out that, although the family has a lawyer, Hoang does not have one, and the family’s lawyer cannot have visit Hoang or have access to the case file until the investigation is officially over.Pham said: “The family clearly wants him to be released unconditionally. If he prefers to remain in Vietnam, of his own free will, after his release, the family will respect his choice, as long as it is really possible for him to have reasonable existence, a normal life and human dignity. If these conditions are not respected, we would prefer him to be deported. The conditions of his release are as important as the release itself.”At the end of the meeting, Pham stressed the importance of an international campaign and media coverage to ensure that his brother and all the other detained human rights activists are not forgotten. Nguyen said the Viet Tan party had launched an international campaign and had gathered 17,000 signatures to a petition for the release of Hoang and other Viet Tan members (http://www.viettan.org/spip.php?article10268).Reporters Without Borders intends to keep raising Hoang’s case with its contacts at the French foreign ministry and has requested an interview with the new foreign minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie. It wrote to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton ahead of her visit to Hanoi on 30 November, asking her to press for the release of the journalists and bloggers detained in Vietnam (http://en.rsf.org/vietnam-ahead-of-hanoi-visit-hillary-29-10-2010,38684.html).Reporters Without Borders also wrote to the World Bank calling for the issue of human rights and political prisoners to be taking into account at a donors meeting held in Hanoi on 7 and 8 December. In its reply, the World Bank said it regarded both free speech and the pursuit of a constructive dialogue with Vietnam as important. News Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News April 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Help by sharing this information April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Vietnamlast_img

US – #WeeklyAddress: April 8 – 14: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London on behalf of US

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News Justin Tallis / AFP News Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of April 8 – April 14: to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts Military stores asked to censor “divisive” news on in-store televisionsAn April 8 memo issued by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service suggested that, “due to their divisive political nature,” news channels should no longer air on common area televisions in military base malls, food courts, and customer service centers. The Exchange, the retail and service operations for US army personnel, will opt to play sports programming instead. The original memo included a subject line that read “Change in TV Policy” but was later updated on April 10 as a “general guidance” or suggestion rather than an official policy change. Spokesman Chris Ward said the memo came after various complaints from visitors and service members demanding the televisions show FoxNewsor CNN. The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.  RSF_en Representative Devin Nunes sues McClatchy newspaper chain over alleged “character assassination”California Republican Congressman Devin Nunes filed a defamation lawsuit against the  McClatchy Company for $150 million on April 8. Nunes is accusing the company, which owns the local newspaper The Fresno Bee, of “character assassination” after it published a story in 2018 detailing a 2016 lawsuit against a winery that counts Nunes as an investor. The winery allegedly held a yacht party at which investors used cocaine and solicited sex workers. Nunes claims he was never at the party but that, “McClatchy succeeded in linking the cocaine/sex-fueled ‘fundraiser’ with ‘prostitutes’ to Nunes.” On April 10 on Fox and Friends,Nunes said, “Now we’re looking at McClatchy but we’re actually going to go after several news media outlets. McClatchy’s CEO Craig Formanhas called the defamation lawsuit a “baseless attack on local journalism and a free press.” In March, Nunes sued Twitter and some individual Twitter users for more than $250 million, accusing them of defamation. In an interviewwith CNN’s Brian Stelter, Forman said this lawsuit indicates, “an increasing use of the legal system to go after local news.” United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London on behalf of USJulian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested by police in London on April 11 on a US extradition warrant. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since he took asylum there in 2012. Hours after being extradited from the embassy, the US Department of Justice charged Assange with one count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” related to an attempt in 2010 to help whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer to obtain classified information. Assange is awaiting extradition charges at London’s Belmarsh Prison. For more on this, read RSF’s publication: “RSF calls on the UK to protect role of journalistic sources in treatment of Julian Assange.” Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 15, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: April 8 – 14: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London on behalf of US United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States News President Trump targets NBC News, New York Times, and Politico in “fake news” Twitter rantUS President Donald Trump continued his anti-media campaign by addressing various news publications as “corrupt” and “fake.”  The president tweeted that an April 13 New York Times story about a Trump administration proposal to send migrants to sanctuary cities was “knowingly wrong on almost every fact” and alleged that the Times had never called the White House to confirm facts. The Times’White House correspondent Maggie Haberman responded on Twitter confirming the newspaper had reached out to the press team  “three times for comment and [the] press office acknowledged receipt of emails.” A day prior on April 12, President Trump accused Politicoof using “made up sources” on a story covering his visit to Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and said NBC’s “fake story” on homeland security, supported by the Times, proved that “Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse.” And despite a statement from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association questioning sources, Politicohas not commented or corrected their reporting. News For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en.last_img

Belfast court ruling “a victory for press freedom”

first_img Reporters Without Borders hails a Northern Ireland court’s decision that journalist Suzanne Breen (photo, The Guardian). should not be forced to surrender interview notes and other information she obtained about the Real IRA, an outlawed paramilitary group that claimed responsibility for an attack on a British army barracks in March.Belfast judge Tom Burgess ruled on 18 June that Breen’s life would be at risk she was made to hand over her information to the police.“This is an important victory for press freedom because the protection of sources is one of the keystones of investigative journalism, which all democracies need,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This ruling sets a very useful precedent.”The protection of sources is recognised by a British law of 2000 governing freedom of information, and by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The Northern Ireland police asked the court in May to force Breen, the Northern Ireland correspondent of the Dublin-based Sunday Tribune newspaper, to surrender all her notes from an interview she had with Real IRA members about its 7 March attack on the British Army’s Massereene Barracks in Northern Ireland, in which two British soldiers were killed.Breen would have faced up to five years in prison if she had refused a court order to surrender her information.“I think Judge Burgess has gone further than any other judge in recognising the confidentiality of sources,” said Breen, adding the police application to the court “was a complete waste of time, resources and of taxpayers’ money.” The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) hailed the decision as a victory for journalism and civil liberties.Journalists of many nationalities had expressed their support for Breen. More than 5,000 individuals and organisations including Reporters Without Borders had signed a petition organised by the NUJ calling for the dismissal of the proceedings against her. News Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened News Follow the news on United Kingdom Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal RSF_en to go furthercenter_img June 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belfast court ruling “a victory for press freedom” United KingdomEurope – Central Asia March 23, 2021 Find out more Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing February 12, 2021 Find out more News February 11, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Organisation last_img

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