June 2, 2021 Find out more August 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Calling for lawsuit’s dismissal, Yahoo! says it is “political and diplomatic issue” China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Over 16 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. Currently, Shi Tao is sponsored by Miljörapporten (Sweden), Télé Bruxelles (Belgium) to go further RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Reporters Without Borders insisted today that Yahoo! was responsible for the conviction of Wang Xiaoning and Shi Tao and possibly other Chinese cyber-dissidents as well after the US Internet company called on 27 August for the dismissal of the lawsuit brought against it in the United States by relatives of these two imprisoned cyber-dissidents.“Wang and Shi were both convicted thanks to information supplied by Yahoo! to the Chinese authorities,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is shocking that the company is denying its responsibility in this case and is trying to evade punishment for actions that led to arbitrary convictions.Yahoo! is even cynical enough to try to shift responsibility to the cyber-dissidents themselves.”The lawsuit brought on behalf of Wang and Shi before a US court accuses of Yahoo! of providing the Chinese authorities with information from their email accounts that led to their arrest and conviction.In its 27 August statement calling for the suit’s dismissal, Yahoo! said: “Free speech rights as we understand them in the United States are not the law in China. Every sovereign nation has a right to regulate speech within its borders.” Yahoo! spokesperson Kelley Benander told the Los Angeles Times, “this is a political and diplomatic issue, not a legal one.”Yahoo said it “does not condone the suppression of their rights and liberty by their government”, but it added that they were responsible for their own actions. “They assumed the risk of harm when they chose to use Yahoo! China email and group list services to engage in activity they knew violated Chinese law,” it said.Morton H. Sklar, executive director of the Washington-based World Organisation for Human Rights, said that,although it is clear that American corporations are obliged to follow foreign laws, they also must abide by USand international law.”Congress recognized this problem when they passed the Torture Victim Protection Act,” Sklar said. “They saidexplicitly, victims of torture should have access to US courts to remedy the abuses they suffered. Wheretorture has taken place, there is no question the US has jurisdiction.”Yahoo! issued a statement in June in which it said : “Yahoo! is dismayed that citizens in China have beenimprisoned for expressing their political views on the Internet.” It reiterated its position that it wasobliged to comply with China’s laws, but it added that it condemned “punishment of any activityinternationally recognised as free expression.” Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation
Two Oxford students were convicted of causing criminal damage against the Canadian High Commission in London.Jake Colman, from St Peters, and Daniel Whitely, from University College, are participants in Thames Valley Climate Action.The two students, along with Oxford resident Bradley Day, pleaded guilty to the charges. They were given Conditional Discharges, and were ordered to pay £50 in court costs each.The Judge referred to the protesters as “Three principled young people acting on a course they believed to be important.”The court heard that on the 15th of December, protestors cut loose the Canadian flag from the Canadian High Commission.It was then alleged that Whitely super-glued himself to the balcony window, whilst Colman and Day defaced the flag.The protesters stated that the action was in response to the actions of the Canadian government at the Copenhagen International Climate Summit. They accused Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper of acting in an obstructive manner in order to protect Canada’s Tar Sands Industry.Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada is criticised by protesters for being highly polluting. Tar Sands has been accused of destroying areas of the Boreal forests and of producing toxic waste.There have also been accusations that the Canadian government is not respecting the rights of indigenous people in the area.During the Copenhagen summit, Clayton Thomas-Muller, an activist with the Indigenous Environmental Network stated, “The Canadian government continues to ignore its own laws, which state they must consult with Indigenous Peoples who have been trying to convey concerns about Tar Sands development. Tar Sands are killing our communities and trampling over our rights.”One protester stated after the action: “This is just the beginning of a UK-based direct action campaign to stop Canadian Tar Sands… We won’t stand by and let these greed driven corporations cause catastrophic environmental and human destruction.”
MASON CITY — This is Fire Prevention Week. Mason City Fire Chief Erik Bullinger says this year’s campaign theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Practice Your Escape”. “This Fire Prevention Week campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Don’t forget about the little ones that help you do your exit drill in the home, they are heroes too, they bring that message home from school.” Bullinger says you need to create an escape plan since people typically only have a short time to respond to a fire. “A typical home fire, you obviously have less than a minute sometimes to escape safely from the time smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Please make your home escape plan.”60-percent of all home fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms, while 50-percent of home fire deaths happen between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM when most people are asleep.