Government goes into reverse, blocking access to foreign websites again

first_img News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Reporters Without Borders condemns the Chinese government’s censorship of the websites of certain foreign news media such as Voice of America and the BBC and certain Chinese media based outside mainland China, which have been rendered inaccessible inside China since the start of December.“Freedom of information is widely violated in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Right now, the authorities are gradually rolling back all the progress made in the run-up to this summer’s Olympic games, when even foreign websites in Mandarin were made accessible. The pretence of liberalisation is now over. The blocking of access to the websites of foreign news media speaks volumes about the government’s intolerance. We urge the authorities to unblock them again.”According to the online magazine China Digital Times, the Asiaweek (http://www.yzzk.com/cfm/main.cfm) and Mingpao (http://www.mingpao.com/) websites have been inaccessible since 2 December. The Hong Kong (http://www.hk.youtube.com) and Taiwanese (http://www.tw.youtube.com) versions of the video-sharing website YouTube are also inaccessible.Access to the BBC’s website is also restricted. According to the BBC’s technical service, web traffic has also suddenly fallen off. Lorna Ball of the BBC’s Chinese-language service told Reporters Without Borders: “We are disappointed that Chinese-speakers are no longer able to have access to neutral and independent news through our site’s Chinese-language version. China’s inhabitants were able to access the site during the Beijing Olympic Games. Now it seems there are some difficulties (…) We are going to do everything possible to work with the Chinese authorities to restore access to our site for Chinese readers.”The Mandarin version of the Radio France Internationale website (http://www.rfi.fr/actucn/pages/001/HomeChinois.asp) has been blocked since 17 October, the day that special regulations put in place by the Chinese authorities for the Olympic Games ceased to be effective.The Chinese authorities have indicated that “some websites” are being blocked because of content that “violates Chinese laws.” Foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told Agence France-Presse today: “I hope the websites will practice self-restriction in terms of what they publish and that they do nothing that breaks the country’s laws.”Since 5 November, China’s Internet cafés have been required to replace all unlicensed operating systems on their computers with China’s Red Flag Linux operating system. According to Xiao Qiang of the China Internet Project at the University of Berkeley, California, this will allow the authorities to increase their surveillance of users.Internet café clients in Beijing must now also submit to having their photo taken before they use a computer. The Internet cafés in the capital 14 most important districts have been ordered to install cameras to record the identity of users, who have to be at least 18 years old.Reporters Without Borders added: “Despite the Internet ‘Great Wall’ built by the authorities, the recent big scandals such as Sanlu’s tainted baby formula and the mismanagement of humanitarian aid after the Sichuan earthquake were all revealed by Chinese Internet users and were widely discussed on the Chinese Internet. The Communist Party is hard put to control China’s 210 million Internet users and the latest online restrictions just highlight these difficulties.”The Reporters Without Borders website has been inaccessible inside China since 17 September. ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders condemns the Chinese government’s censorship of the websites of certain foreign news media such as Voice of America and the BBC and certain Chinese media based outside mainland China, which have been rendered inaccessible inside China since the start of December. Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information News to go further December 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government goes into reverse, blocking access to foreign websites again Receive email alertslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

first_img Flag Order,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex, at Commonwealth facilities, and throughout the state lowered to half-staff, effective immediately. This order is to mark respect for the victims of the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.All commonwealth flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, November 9, 2017.Per an order from the White House, the United States Flag has been ordered to fly at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 06, 2017last_img read more

Flores delighted with two-goal Ighalo’s decision to stick with Hornets

first_img Head coach Steve McClaren, who heard his side booed from the pitch at the end of both halves, said: “I can understand the fans’ reaction. “We are just turning things around and I think the majority understand that. Like we have said to the boys in the dressing room, it’s not a crisis, it’s not a time to panic – it’s too early, and we’d never do that anyway. “No matter where you are at what stage, we’d never do that, we have too much experience to know that. “Like I’ve said to the players, we have got to stick together. We are going to get a lot of criticism and that can be flying from not just media, but also fans, and in that dressing room we have got to stay tight, we have got to stay calm, we have got to stick together. “I am under no illusions, this is a hard job – everybody knew that and you know it. You want proof, we’ve got proof. “But we have got the experience in the backroom staff to deal with this and turn it around. We are lucky that it’s early – it’s only two and a half months that we’ve been working with each other and there’s a long way to go and a lot of things to do.” Flores was by far the happier man as he headed south with the three points. He said: “I am really happy with the performance of the players. I think we deserved the result. “We respect Newcastle – they tried to play well, strong and tried to give their best, but I am really happy with the performance.” The Nigeria international’s first-half double condemned the Magpies to a 2-1 home defeat and an even longer wait for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season. But after the Hornets had picked up their second successive win, Ighalo’s manager was thrilled at not only his efforts, both those of his entire team. Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores was delighted striker Odio Ighalo decided to turn his back on summer offers after seeing him shoot down Newcastle. Press Association Flores explained: “He took a decision two months ago to stay here at Watford – he had offers from other teams. “He decided to stay here with us, so it’s clever because he saw something in the football that is good for him. “He is involved a lot with the team in training during the week, so for us, he is a very important player. “But I like to talk about the full squad because they are fighting like heroes every single week, they are playing really, really well. They try to improve every time and give the best they have, so it’s not only one man. “It was nice for Ighalo, but it was a very good performance from the whole squad.” Ighalo took the game away from Newcastle within 28 minutes of the kick-off when he capitalised on some woeful defending to put them ahead after just 10 minutes and then effectively seal the win. Daryl Janmaat gave the Magpies hope when he pulled one back with 28 minutes remaining – and he tested goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes with a 67th-minute piledriver. It was the Magpies’ first league goal in 464 minutes of football – but it was not enough to prevent them extending a desperate record of just one win in 17 outings dating back to last season. last_img read more