Another blogger arrested for “abusing democratic freedoms”

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en News December 2, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another blogger arrested for “abusing democratic freedoms” Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more News News Hong Le Tho was arrested on 29 November for posting an article critical of the ruling Communist Party on his blog “Nguoi Lot Gach” (“brick-layer”), which dealt mainly with political issues. The authorities seized his laptop, his mobile phone and USB flash drive, and closed the blog shortly after his arrest (see cached version).Aged 65, he is facing a possible three-year jail sentence under article 258 of the criminal code for “abusing democratic freedoms to attack state interests and the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens.” “The authorities has been waging an all-out campaign of repression for several years,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge them to stop gagging dissidents and to repeal criminal code article 258, which should not be used against any defender of freedom of information.”Bloggers such as Nguyen Huu Vinh (also known as Anh Ba Sam), Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy and Dinh Nhat Uy continue to be leading targets of a regime that does not hesitate to use article 258 as grounds for arresting and jailing dissidents.Pham Viet Dao was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Truong Duy Nhat was sentenced to two years in prison. Uy was given a suspended 15-month sentence on 29 October.In response, Vietnam’s bloggers formally created the Vietnamese Bloggers Network on 10 December 2013, with a campaign against article 258 and its use to silence dissidents as their first action.Reporters Without Borders is also combatting the growing crackdown on Vietnamese bloggers and has posted a petition online demanding the release of all the detained bloggers.Vietnam is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 22, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the Vietnamese public security ministry’s arrest of Hong Le Tho, a Vietnamese blogger of Japanese origin, in Ho Chi Minh City for posting “bad content and incorrect information that reduce trust in state agencies.” VietnamAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation Follow the news on Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Taiwan breaks ground on new submarine construction yard

first_img Taiwan is starting construction of a new facility that will allow the country to build its own submarines.The ground breaking ceremony for the construction yard was held in the southern port city of Kaohsiung on May 9 and was attended by Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen.Construction of the facility begins after the US approved transfer of technologies in 2018 that would enable Taiwan to develop submarines locally.Reports from last year also said that the country attracted several companies from the US, Europe, India and Japan for its indigenous submarine program.Construction works on the shipyard are expected to be completed by the end of 2020 while the first boat is envisioned for a 2024 delivery. A total of 8 units are to be built.Taiwan currently operates two World War 2 era submarines and two Hai Lung-class (Zwaardvis-class) boats which were delivered to Taiwan from the Netherlands in 1987 and 1988. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Taiwan breaks ground on new submarine construction facility May 9, 2019, by Taiwan breaks ground on new submarine construction facilitycenter_img navaltoday Share this article View post tag: Taiwan Navylast_img read more

360th Commencement

first_imgGatesOn Commencement morning the Harvard Yard gates will open at 6:45 a.m. Parents and guests of degree candidates who have tickets to attend the Morning Exercises should plan their arrival accordingly. All guests will be required to show their tickets at the gates in order to enter Tercentenary Theatre. All guests should be seated by 8:30 a.m. for the start of the academic procession, which begins at 8:50 a.m.Note: A ticket allows admission into the Tercentenary Theatre, but does not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.Academic regaliaAll degree candidates must wear academic regalia (caps and gowns) to the Commencement Morning Exercises. Regalia may be ordered through the Harvard Coop for distribution in May. Degree candidates will receive ordering instructions from their House or School.For more information.last_img read more