Archive for the ‘Speech’ Category
Posted by Author on December 22, 2011
Netizens see a new rule requiring users to register with their real names as a bid to muzzle criticism.
New microblog rules requiring account holders to use their real names are being rolled out in two other major Chinese cities following the first clampdown on Twitter-like services in Beijing earlier this month.
Seven major websites in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, in the southern province of Guangdong, began on Thursday to ask new users to register with real names, the provincial publicity department said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on June 29, 2011
[Ruey-lan Chang, CEO of NTD Asia Pacific]:
“On behalf of all of NTD AP’s staff, I’d like to thank Taiwan’s main and opposition parties, and the support from various channels, in helping NTD AP secure service with the ST-2 Satellite, which has state protection.”
On Tuesday, CEO of NTD Asia Pacific Ruey-lan Chang announced the renewal of its contract with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom. It was signed on Monday evening. It ensures that our partner station will continue to broadcast NTD’s programming to the region, and to parts of mainland China. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on June 27, 2011
BEIJING — Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia wants to resume his activism but he is weighing up the impact on his family, according to his first reported comments since being released from prison at the weekend.
During a phone interview with Hong Kong’s Cable TV, Hu stressed the importance of “loyalty to morality, loyalty to the rights of citizens”.
“You should be loyal to your conscience,” he said in a broadcast aired late Sunday.
One of China’s leading rights activists and government critics, Hu returned to his Beijing home early on Sunday, his wife Zeng Jinyan said on Twitter, after completing a more than three-year sentence for subversion. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on May 18, 2011
WASHINGTON—Lawmakers in the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan believe the Chinese Communist regime is responsible for a move that would potentially bar New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television from broadcasting to mainland China. They are asking the government of Taiwan to act to protect press freedom.
In a letter to Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wrote, “The democratic government of Taiwan should be encouraging the spread of ideas favoring freedom and traditional values across the strait.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Asia, China, Freedom of Information, Human Rights, Media, News, NTDTV, People, Politics, Press freedom, Speech, Taiwan, World | Comments Off on Legislators Seek to Protect Independent TV Broadcasts to China
Posted by Author on April 16, 2011
By Pete McMartin –
Last Saturday, I wrote about the City of Vancouver’s clumsy attempt to draft a bylaw that would effectively ban the Falun Gong from maintaining a 24-hour vigil outside the Chinese consulate on Granville Street.
To recap our story so far:
– In 2001, the Falun Gong begin their vigil to protest what the group claims is persecution by the Chinese government.
– In 2006, after five years of the Falun Gong’s peaceful vigil, then mayor Sam Sullivan decides the Falun Gong’s little shack and banners must go -not because of pressure by the Chinese government that they be removed, the mayor says, but because they contravene a street-and-traffic bylaw. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on March 28, 2011
(VOA News) China has charged well-known pro-democracy writer and editor Ran Yunfei with subversion for his alleged role in calling for popular uprisings in China similar to those gripping the Middle East and North Africa.
Ran’s wife told VOA’s Mandarin service she received a copy of the formal charging documents Monday, and says they were dated last Friday. She said she will move quickly to hire a lawyer to defend her spouse, and expects formal court proceedings within two months. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on March 25, 2011
In a trial lasting less than two hours and marked with procedural irregularities, a Sichuan court sentenced Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌), a signer of Charter 08 and long-time advocate of democratic reform in China, to ten years in prison and two years and four months of deprivation of political rights.
Liu’s wife, Chen Mingxian (陈明先), who attended the trial and saw her husband for the first time since he was detained in June 2010, said, “The judge interrupted Liu many times and did not give him a chance to read his prepared statement. The judge also kept cutting off Liu’s lawyer when was presenting the defense statement.” She added that after the verdict was announced, Liu declared: “I’m innocent. I protest!” Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on February 17, 2011
A fight may be brewing in the U.S. Congress over plans announced this week to end the Voice of America’s shortwave broadcasting to China.
Prominent conservatives have spoken out against the plan, which would see VOA move all its Mandarin-language services to the Internet. In addition, a Democratic member of Congress told VOA Wednesday he will urge the speaker of the House of Representatives to block the plan.
The proposal was part of the U.S. government international broadcaster’s proposed budget for the coming year, which also includes plans to shut down VOA’s Cantonese and Croatian-language services. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on December 25, 2010
NTD TV, Dec. 25, 2010 –
A group of people marched in Hong Kong to demand the Chinese regime release jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo on Saturday (December 25), the one-year anniversary of his imprisonment.
Holding banners reading ‘Free Liu Xiaobo’ and dressed in Christmas costumes, some 30 supporters gathered at a police station and made their way to the communist party liaison office.
Under heavy police presence, the demonstrators chanted “Support Charter 08” and called for the release of Liu and other “prisoners of conscience.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on September 23, 2010
By ANDREA WOO, Vancouver Sun, Canada, September 22, 2010 –
A Surrey-based reporter says China’s Ministry of State Security is threatening his family, life and livelihood for his critical coverage of the Chinese government.
Surrey resident Tao Wang moved to B.C. from China in 2007 and began working as a local general assignment reporter for the Canadian branch of Falun Gong-affiliated New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) in July 2009.
Most of his assignments for the international broadcaster have been innocuous, on topics such as the opening of the Canada Line, the Olympics and the harmonized sales tax.
However, some of his reports have been critical of the Chinese government and its practices. NTDTV is one of the few networks with dissenting views that broadcasts in the Communist nation. Read the rest of this entry »
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