Journalist and blogger freed, but another blogger still detained

first_img Receive email alerts September 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist and blogger freed, but another blogger still detained News Help by sharing this information News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Vietnam Organisation Reporters Without Borders is pleased to learn that the police released journalist Pham Doan Trang and blogger Bui Thanh Hieu last weekend after questioning them about their articles criticising the Vietnamese government’s relations with China.The press freedom organisation nonetheless condemns the continuing detention of blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who was arrested for the same reason as Trang and Hieu on the night of 1 September, and joins her mother in calling for her release. The police have not allowed her mother to see her since her arrest.—————————————————-Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of blogger Bui Thanh Hieu on 27 August and online journalist Pham Doan Trang on 28 August for criticising the ruling Communist Party’s policies towards China. Both are being held by the police.“We deplore the regime’s persecution of its critics,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Freedom of expression has contracted in recent months as a result of governmental paranoia about issues concerning relations with China. We call for the rapid release of Hieu and Trang as the criticisms they voiced posed absolutely no threat to national security and were part of their fundamental right to free expression.”Trang edits Tuan Vietnam, an online weekly that is a component of Vietnamnet, the country’s most popular news website. In a 27 July article, she criticised China’s role during Vietnam’s partition in 1954. In the past, she has condemned China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.Hieu, who writes under the name of Nguoi Buon Gio in his blog (, was arrested in connection with “national security” issues, said a relative who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals. His blog entries during the past two months had criticised the Communist Party of Vietnam’s policies towards China and had referred to the land conflict between the government and the Catholic Church. He also wrote about a bauxite mining project in the central highlands and the criticism it has received from intellectuals, scientists and military officers because of the threat it poses to the environment. He had already been questioned several times about his political activities since taking part in an “anti-Chinese” demonstration last year.The government announced in August that it would prosecute some or all of the 27 democracy activists arrested in the course of the previous few months. Vietnam is one of the 12 countries that Reporters Without Borders has identified as “Enemies of the Internet” and was ranked 168th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more April 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Newslast_img read more

Sex buyers are rich, educated and not single – survey claims

first_imgWhatsApp Email Advertisement Previous articleWeekend Munster Rugby FixturesNext articleLIT and Mary I into Fitzgibbon quarter-finals admin NewsLocal NewsSex buyers are rich, educated and not single – survey claimsBy admin – February 12, 2013 566 Linkedincenter_img Print Twitter ONE in four people surveyed who have paid for sex, said they encountered trafficked or controlled women in Ireland. Some said they refused to continue with the transaction as the believed the women were “too young, unhappy, unwilling or intimidated”. Furthermore, the survey carried out by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, says that the majority of men are middle to high earners in society, have third level education and are in long-term relationships if not married. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Being named in the local newspaper if prosecuted for sexual offences ranked as one of the highest rated deterrents to men buying sex. That, and obtaining a criminal record are only surpassed by the fear of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said: “These findings are an important contribution to the current debate on whether to curb exploitation, abuse and trafficking by targeting the buyers of sex. We have now heard from the buyers themselves that such laws would be a deterrent.”The profile of those who use prostitutes has shown they are most likely to be middle aged men (36% aged 25 and 44, with 48% aged over 45) who have completed third level education (41%) and are earning more than €20,000 (70%) with just over a fifth topping the €40,000 wage bracket (21%). In addition just over half said they were in a relationship.“The majority of buyers had paid for sex when abroad, mostly in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand showing that buyers are attracted to destinations where prostitution has been legalised or is tolerated.”The online survey is part of a Europe wide project, ‘Stop Traffick!’ supported by the EU, and which over a three-month period used social media, websites and chatrooms to invite responses from both Irish sex buyers and those who do not use prostitutes.“We know too that the image of the happy independent hooker which is being portrayed by those opposed to new laws is not the reality. 24% of buyers reconsidered a transaction because they believed the women and girls involved were controlled, unhappy, too young, unwilling or intimidated.“The fact that buyers generally have a higher income, are better educated and in a relationship dispels the myth of prostitution being used by people who are lonely, isolated or insecure.”The survey results will be shared with the Oireachtas Justice Committee as they continue their consultation process into legislation for prostitution.“We hope it will form part of their deliberations as they continue the review of the laws on prostitution”, concluded Ms Charlton.IN NUMBERS411 survey responses,57 men were buyers of sex1 woman admitted paying for sex24% reconsidered the transaction32% feared disease19% feared a criminal conviction17% feared jail time17% feared being named in local newspaper. Facebooklast_img read more

McConnell: Senate Will Consider Gun Background Checks

first_imgRepublican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants Congress to consider new legislation expanding federal background checks, as well as other gun violence measures, when lawmakers return this fall. He added, “Background checks and red flags will probably lead the discussion.”McConnell told a Kentucky radio station that he and President Trump discussed several ideas, and that the President is “anxious to get an outcome and so am I.” However, McConnell does not plan to call senators back to Washington early to work on the issue.Meanwhile, more than 200 mayors are asking the Senate to return early from its recess in order to act on gun safety legislation following last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead.A letter from the mayors to McConnell and the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, reads, “Our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them.” They are urging the Senate to vote on two House-passed bills that would expand background checks for gun sales. The letter was signed by El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo, Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley and the mayors of other cities and towns where mass shootings have occurred, including Orlando and Parkland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Annapolis, Maryland.GOP senators are also considering some changes to the existing federal background checks system that would be similar to the so-called “fix-NICS” law that was signed last year and improved the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. In addition, they are debating whether to strengthen penalties for hate crimes.However, Schumer told reporters this week, “We Democrats are not going to settle for half-measures so Republicans can feel better and try to push the issue of gun violence off to the side.”On the other hand, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who along with Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, is pushing a bill to expand background checks, says, “At this point in time leadership comes from President Trump.”last_img read more