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Newspaper editors transferred or suspended by party officials

first_img RSF_en to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Read in Chinese / 看中文With just months to go to the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Congress, the authorities are tightening their grip on the media.Lu Fumin, the editor of the Guangzhou-based New Express Daily (新快报) was replaced by Li Yihang on the central government’s orders on 16 July. The next day, Lu Yan was transferred from his post as publisher of the Shanghai-based Dongfang Zaobao (东方早报, Oriental Morning Post) at the local Communist Party’s request, while Sun Jian, its deputy editor-in-chief, was suspended.“The CCP is steadily reinforcing its control of news and information ahead of its next congress,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As prior censorship of the state-owned media is not sufficient to prevent ‘embarrassing’ articles, the party is orchestrating a skilful game of musical chairs in order to remove overly critical and independent journalists from editorial positions.”After 14 years as his newspaper’s editor, Lu Fumin was suddenly appointed editor of the political section of the Yangcheng Evening News. The New Express Daily’s content has meanwhile been considerably modified. Its editorial, international and national pages have been suppressed and from now on its journalists will just cover the city of Guangzhou, the Pearl River Delta, sport and leisure.The changes come just days after the newspaper ran a feature on 10 July about five party officials who are tipped to be given senior positions in the wake of Xi Jinping’s expected takeover as general secretary at the end of the year. The report, which was removed from the newspaper’s website on 16 July, was first published by Jinan Daily.Lu Yan was transferred to another division of the Wenxin United Press Group while Dongfang Zaobao’s deputy editor-in-chief was suspended indefinitely. Journalists were quoted as saying that Yu Zhengsheng, the Community Party’s municipal secretary in Shanghai, “did not appreciate the articles that the newspaper was publishing.”The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted Dongfang Zaobao’s journalists as saying Sun Jian’s suspension may also have been the result of a post on his microblog that included a photo of the cover of the book “Conversations with Chen Xitong,” Beijing’s former mayor. Dongfang Zaobao’s employees were also ordered not to discuss the changes with anyone outside the newspaper.The government’s efforts in recent months to tighten its control of news and information have included blocking websites, prior censorship of social networks and firing journalists who cover sensitive stories. Ever since the Bo Xilai affair, the authorities have been quick to jump on any criticism or independent reporting in order to prevent a new political scandal. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on China Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific July 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editors transferred or suspended by party officials News News Newslast_img read more

EDITORIAL: REBIRTH OF CORE

first_imgCORE has just announced that they shall be sponsoring a “Community Roundtable” aimed at gauging public interest in the formation of a group that would study current events, community issues and government activities in Evansville and Vanderburgh County?  CORE has invited the general public to attend this “Community Roundtable” discussion of local issues to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, in the meeting room at the North Park Library, 960 Koehler Drive?The City-County Observer staff was very happy to receive and immediately share the news with our readers on Saturday.  We think the news is too good not to share immediately. The CORE group that so successfully opposed the bid to consolidate City and County governments is reorganizing itself as a nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group to serve as a voice for the citizens of both the city and Vanderburgh County, and we believe this is the perfect time for them to do so.This news is especially welcome as it comes on the heels of the dismal outlook presented at the last City Council meeting by Kelley Coures, who tells us that Evansville has spent the last five years losing population and falling further behind the state’s median income. This happens at a time when we have a City Council that that functions primarily as a rubber stamp for Mayor Winnecke’s agenda, The public has been effectively muzzled by Missy Mosby in her capacity as the President of the 2016 City Council by exercising her discretion as to whether or not speakers can address the Council for a maximum of three minutes. She is quick to remind everyone that Council has no legal obligation to hear them at all. While it is true that Indiana law makes no provision for public input on issues before the Common Council, we believe it is the implicit duty of our lawmakers to hear and consider the thoughts and wishes of the governed.City Council meetings are the appropriate venue for the taxpayers to address their concerns and for the Councilors to consider the various stances. Too often, we are seeing a carefully planned presentation by civic groups who have been coached by city staffers, usually DMD employees, that support the opinions that have been pre-sold to them. There are a few groups, UNOE, the Chamber of Commerce, Evansville Brownfields Corp., ERC and ECHO are examples, that have seemly been chosen by the Mayor and Ms. Mosby to be the only legitimate spokesmen for the public. In reality, those groups represent a membership that is a small sliver of the populace, but they can be depended upon by the “powers that be” to come to Council and present a performance that is as well-choreographed as a Rockettes’ routine.The public is unable to depend on the mainstream media to serve its interests, because the professional distance that should be kept between elected officials and a couple members of the media has been breached irreparably. The fraternization between a couple media members and officeholders is clear for all to see on most nights in the Haynie’s Corner and West Franklin Street area bars, where they can be seen drinking and socializing. It’s hard to take a stand against the people in your social circle, so we don’t hear about the negative behavior of our officials.We believe a local group that has the means to present research and arguments that may run counter to the agenda that is being pushed by the Administration is needed more than ever before. From what we have observed of CORE’s past accomplishments, this is very likely what the “Silenced Majority” needs in order to have a voice in the spending and goals pursued by local government. There are some political partisans who will argue that the voters had their say on election day, but we believe the voters should be heard on all of the important decisions made by both City and County elected officials. This organization will give everyone who has a vested interest in growing and enriching the area a chance to be heard. It is time that the public hears and discusses both sides of the projects that have just been packaged and sold to interest groups in recent years.The City-County Observer has frequently made reference to the quote by Thomas Jefferson that “When the People fear government, there is tyranny, but when the government fears the people there is liberty.”  We believe the time has come for the people to capture the attention of our elected representatives and band together for good public policy and against political patronage, cronyism, and nepotism. This organization has the potential to do exactly those things.It looks like we may be experiencing the “REBIRTH OF CORE” in the making!  We urge everyone who can to attend the CORE sponsored discussion concerning “good public policy”  on May 24 at 5:45, at North Park Library.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

GBBO contestant launches dessert restaurant

first_imgA former Great British Bake Off contestant has struck upon a sweet concept by launching a niche ‘fine dining’ dessert restaurant in Birmingham.Ali Imdad, who finished ninth in the 2013 baking series, opened Artisan in Ladypool Road with partner and friend Waqas Mohammed after struggling to find a pudding-specific eatery that suited his needs.“Being a foodie and ice cream lover we used to venture to numerous places and there’d always be reasons not to like a place,” he told British Baker. “Either the staff or flavours weren’t right. We thought we’d set something up – a fine dining experience [for desserts]. We always make sure staff introduce themselves when they’re serving a table and they’ve tasted all of the desserts so are well informed when it comes to recommending dishes. Plate decoration is also really important.”The restaurant, which is currently only open in the evening, employs ten people and occupies three floors.PastriesPastries, cake desserts, sundaes and waffles are all on the menu with choices ranging from Chocolate Hazlenut Heaven – layers of vanilla sponge with milk chocolate ganache and hazelnut crumbs and The Sultan – soft cream cheese flavoured with cardamom and topped figs.Prices start from £5.25 rising to £7.25 and there is also a mocktail bar.“A lot of people enjoy the experience,” Imdad added. “They order their soft drinks first and then get to their deserts. We also have plans to create a room for afternoon tea.”last_img read more