Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal

first_img to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img News April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Vietnam RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the rulings that courts issued today in the cases of three bloggers – Nguyen Van Hai (also known as Dieu Cay), Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai (also known as Anhbasaigon) – and yesterday in the case of Nguyen Van Khuong, an investigative journalist also known as Hoang Khuong. The organization also condemns yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and activist Le Quoc Quan and calls for his immediate release.“Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan and Anhbasaigon did nothing to deserve these sentences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By confirming long jail terms for these bloggers, the Vietnamese authorities are displaying their contempt for basic freedoms and freedom of expression in particular.“We are very worried by the possible outcome of the trial on 8 January of nine young Catholic bloggers including Paulus Le Son and yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and human rights activist Le Quoc Quan.“We urge the European Union, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to put pressure on the Vietnamese government to end its relentless crackdown on dissidents in general and news providers in particular.”The long jail terms that two of the three bloggers received on 24 September were upheld today on appeal. The activist Dieu Cay and the former police officer Ta Phong Tan remain sentenced to 12 and 10 years in prison, respectively, followed by five years of house arrest.The blogger Anhbasaigon, the only one of the three to plead guilty, had his sentenced reduced from four to three years in prison followed by three years of house arrest.The months that the three bloggers have spent in detention since their arrest have been difficult. When Dieu Cay was allowed a closely-monitored visit by his son, Nguyen Tri Dung, for just a few minutes on 7 November, he complained of being held in Chi Hoa prison’s AB section, which is normally reserved for those sentenced to death.Ta Phong Tan, creator of the “Justice and Truth” blog, has paid a particularly high price for her commitment. Her mother took her own life last July by setting fire to herself outside the headquarters of the People’s Committee in Bac Lieu.Anhbasaigon’s wife, Nguyen Thi Lien, told Reporters Without Borders in a phone call that he was suffering from frequent headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure, and that he was completely crushed by the length of his sentence.An appeal court yesterday upheld the four-year jail sentence that Hoang Khuong, a journalist with the daily Tuoi Tre, received for arranging for a police officer to be offered a bribe in the course of investigating a corruption story. Detained since January, Khuong specialized in covering corruption cases.“What Khuong did in order to obtain irrefutable proof of Vietnamese police corruption, which he reported in his article, cannot be treated as attempted corruption,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the justice system to reverse its rejection of his appeal request and to release him on the grounds that his work was in the general interest.”“Corruption” and “tax fraud” charges are often brought against Vietnamese journalists and bloggers. It was allegations of tax fraud that were used to arrest the blogger Le Quoc Quan and, in April 2008, Dieu Cay.Several bloggers were arrested during today’s appeal hearing and Tan’s sister, Ta Minh Tu, was not allowed into the court.Vietnam has long been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and now it is the world’s third biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, after China and Iran. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prisonlast_img read more

Rathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer services

first_imgTwitter LimerickNewsRathkeale fundraiser for vital Cancer servicesBy Alan Jacques – September 2, 2019 1287 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleGarda graduates march to an educational beat at University of LimerickNext articleNew marketing campaign to get more students into Limerick city centre Alan Jacques Linkedin INDEPENDENT councillor Richard O’Donoghue and Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey have come together with the family of the late Francie Meade to raise funds for the Mid West Cancer Foundation and Brú Columbanus.Francie Meade of Five Roads, Rathkeale passed away after a brief but brave battle with cancer on September 22 last year. During his treatment his wife Geraldine and sons Bryan and Andrew stayed at Brú Columbanus in Cork and will never forget the kindness they were met with from this voluntary organisation in their time of need.In Francie Meade’s memory his family and many friends will now host a fundraising weekend in Rathkeale on September 28 and 29 to raise money for vital cancer care services. All of the money raised will be donated to Mid Western Cancer Foundation and Brú Columbanus.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Andrew, Geraldine and Bryan Meade planning the memorial weekend in memory of Francie Meade.The fundraising weekend will kick off with a soccer tournament on Saturday September 28 at Rathkeale Astro Turf (Rathkeale AFC) from 4.30pm.On Sunday, September 29, a Road Run featuring vintage and modified cars, vintage and modern tractors, and motorbikes will commence from the Five Cross Roads. Registration will take place at the Five Roads Service Station from 10.30am.  Also on the day there will be afternoon tea and a cake sale at the Parish Hall in Rathkeale from 2 to 6pm.Cllr O’Donoghue and Cllr Teskey are urging all to get behind this very worthy cause and to remember Francie Meade – a man, they say that “helped many and always went out of his way to help those in need”. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp TAGSBrú ColumbanusCllr Adam TeskeyCllr Richard O’DonoghueFrancie MeadelimerickMid West Cancer FoundationRathkeale WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s club hosts week of events for sexual assault awareness

first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) at Saint Mary’s, with the help of the College’s food services provider Sodexo, demonstrated their support for the nationwide “NO MORE” campaign Monday by providing students with teal-colored doughnuts in the dining hall — teal being the official color of the campaign seeking to end domestic violence and sexual assault.NO MORE was launched in March 2013, and this week is the official “NO MORE week” across the nation. BAVO is showing their support for the cause by using this week to spread the word and raise awareness about the problems of relationship violence. BAVO student advisory committee member Michaela Gaughan said in an email that this week will be an opportunity to get people talking about the issues.“The purpose is [to] spark a conversation about sexual violence on our campus,” Gaughan said. “The campaign works to acknowledge this violence is real and we all have a responsibility to say “no more” to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.”On Tuesday night, Gaughan said there will be a spring break send-off event. Students can come, make crafts and enjoy treats in support of the cause. “I am most excited for the spring break send off. We are partnering with the Green Dot committee and we are hosting [this event] which allows for students to take part in the campaign,” she said. BAVO ally Carmela LaGambina-Lockwitz said in an email that this week is an opportunity to make it known that these issues continue to be very prevalent in today’s society. “This week is important because sexual assault and domestic violence occurs every single day, and the first step to putting an end to these terrible acts is by spreading awareness,” she said. “This week spreads awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence with the mentality that it cannot continue happening.”Gaughan said the message the NO MORE campaign promotes must be heard, and students on campus are the ones who can spread that message best. Coming together can allow for others to be more open to talking about these issues as well as advocate for the prevention of them.“The campaign encourages the world to ‘speak out with a unified voice for change’ which is what we are doing as a Saint Mary’s community,” she said.Gaughan said after spring break, BAVO will distribute ribbons to students to further carry the message and continue spreading awareness across campus even after the week has ended.LaGambina-Lockwitz said the NO MORE campaign focuses on a cause close to her heart, so she is excited to spend a week sharing information with her fellow classmates about a cause she thinks needs more attention. “I am always excited for weeks like these because ending sexual assault is something I feel very passionate about and it is exciting to see so much momentum and passion across all of campus,” she said. Tags: awareness, BAVO, NO MORE, saint mary’s, sexual assaultlast_img read more