Court hears Gao Yu’s appeal behind closed doors

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further News A Beijing people’s high court today finally heard journalist Gao Yu’s appeal against the seven-year jail sentence she received in April on a charge of divulging state secrets. Police turned away journalist and diplomats who tried to attend because the court decided to hold the hearing behind closed doors. RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Gao Yu reaffirmed her innocence and answered questions from the judge and her lawyers, but no further details of the hearing were made public. Her lawyers, Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun, said afterwards that the court’s decision would be announced on 26 November.“We condemn the Chinese judicial system’s lack of transparency,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “The foreign embassies whose representatives were turned away should publicly protest against the court’s decision to hold a closed-door hearing.
”“We reiterate our call for the release of Gao Yu, who did none of the things she is alleged to have done. Her state of health, which continues to be worrying, constitutes an additional reason for her immediate release.”Aged 71, Gao suffers from a heart ailment and lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck. Her condition has worsened significantly since her arrest in May 2014 and, according to her lawyers, she had a heart attack last month.Judges had previously rejected her lawyer’s request for an appeal hearing three times since her conviction seven months ago. As the right of appeal is not automatic in China, a judge must first decide whether the request for an appeal hearing submitted by the defendant’s lawyers is admissible.Ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for news and information providers, with a total of 107 professional and citizen-journalists currently detained.Chine also continues to operate a massive censorship and propaganda apparatus both within and outside its borders. June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures November 24, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Court hears Gao Yu’s appeal behind closed doorslast_img read more

Savage challenge lies ahead

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleMid West can become sports tourism centre of EuropeNext articleExtra suicide patrols to deal with rag week incidents Alan Jacques Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Twitter TAGSBarrington’s Hospital Great Limerick RunChicago MarathonMelissa SavageMusic LimerickPatrick Savage Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy center_img Email NewsLocal NewsSavage challenge lies aheadBy Alan Jacques – March 6, 2014 1337 Melissa and Patrick Savage from Chicago look forward to their visit to the city for the Great Limerick RunAMERICAN husband and wife running coaches Patrick and Melissa Savage are all set for their visit to the Mid-West region this May for the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run.Patrick has been involved with the Chicago Marathon, one of the top five marathon events in the world, since its inception as a head coach and referee. While, his wife Melissa is a personal trainer and coach offering multi-sport and triathlon programs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Patrick told the Limerick Post this week that the pair were excited about their visit to Ireland for the Great Limerick Run and has even convinced some Irish relatives, renowned in their own sporting fields, to take part in the event.“We always look forward to our trips home to Ireland but we are especially looking forward to this trip as I know I have recruited 12 to 20 cousins and friends to run,” Patrick enthused.Patrick’s grandmother Katherine Mary nee Loughnane was born in Feakle and the running coach is organising a big family reunion to coincide with his Limerick visit.“I have a number of Loughnane cousins that live in and around Limerick. Olive Loughnane, four time Irish Olympian, will be at the reunion and, although I have not seen him in years, there is hope that my second cousin, Ger Loughnane, will be there,” he revealed.Savage has an extensive coaching background in the Chicagoland area and also remains active in the Illinois running community. He served as the head race referee for the 2006 and 2007 Chicago Marathon, and head men’s referee in 2008.Asked if he had any tips for runners taking part in the Great Limerick Run on May 4, he commented, “They need to do the training for whichever race they choose to run. Running hills in practice is very good preparation for any race as is getting in the long runs. Another important factor is dressing for the weather and taking liquids during the race.”For more details log onto Print Advertisement WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

Minister believes Ireland’s archeological heritage is “unparalleled”

first_imgNews LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Minister believes Ireland’s archeological heritage is “unparalleled” Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Junior Arts and Heritage Minister, Dinny McGinley, today said he believed Ireland’s legacy of surviving archaeological monuments is unparalleled in Europe.Speaking at the opening of an archeological heritage seminar entitled “Lost and Found” Minister McGinley paid tribute to the crucial role played by farmers and landowners, saying those in the rural communities should be proud of the large number and variety of breathtaking remains which grace the Irish countryside.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – June 14, 2014 center_img Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleHarps sunk by late Longford goal – Horgan’s reactionNext articleMartin McGuinness’s ministerial car vandalised News Highland NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Facebook Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Press release: UK to host US State Visit and D-Day commemorations in June

first_imgOn D-Day, the Prime Minister said: D-Day was an unparalleled international military operation and a turning point in the Second World War. The freedom we have today would not be possible without the incredible sacrifice of troops from across the world 75 years ago. I am proud that the UK will host representatives and veterans from allied nations to pay tribute to that sacrifice and recognise the extraordinary cooperation that made the Normandy landings possible. And today – as we face new and different challenges to our security – we must continue to stand together to uphold our shared values and way of life. The President and First Lady will make a State Visit to the UK on 3-5 June, as announced by Buckingham Palace this afternoon.President Trump will be a guest of Her Majesty The Queen during the visit, and will also have discussions with the Prime Minister in Downing Street.On 5 June the UK will host a major international event in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and commemorate this critical moment in the Second World War.Countries that fought alongside the United Kingdom in the historic military operation, as well as Germany, have been invited to attend.The gathering on Southsea Common in Portsmouth will involve live performances, military displays and tributes to the allied troops who fought in Normandy in the Second World War. The event will be one of the greatest British military spectacles in recent history, with a flypast of 26 iconic RAF aircraft and at least 11 Royal Navy vessels in the Solent.The event will honour the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of D-Day veterans and those who gave their lives in the operation.On 6 June the Prime Minister will travel to Normandy to attend a number of commemorative events including the inauguration of the British Normandy memorial in Ver-Sur-Mer.On the State Visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said:center_img The UK and United States have a deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests. We do more together than any two nations in the world and we are both safer and more prosperous because of our cooperation. The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead.last_img read more

Cricket News ‘Virat Kohli Always Puts….’: How Shoaib Akhtar Praised Indian Skipper

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar praised Indian captain Virat Kohli and said that the current skipper always puts his country before himself and that’s why Team India have emerged as the best team in the world.”I had earlier said that Virat Kohli will become a good captain after the World Cup because he is learning from his mistakes. He is learning well,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his Youtube channel. “He has learnt how to sort out India’s batting order and team composition. Virat Kohli is the best captain in the world but around him, there are so many poor captains.”India has recently registered their historic 11th home Test series win as they defeated South Africa comprehensively in the second match of the ongoing three-game rubber.The former Pakistani speedster also expressed disappointment about mediocre captaincy which is seen in contemporary times. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more