China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China RSF_en Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Huang Qi, a cyber-dissident who was arrested a year ago today in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, on a charge of “illegal possession of state secrets” after posting accounts of the previous month’s earthquake on his human rights website. Still awaiting trial, Huang is now in very poor health. His wife, Zeng Li, his mother, his Beijing-based lawyer Mo Shaoping, and another lawyer went to visit him in Chengdu prison on 26 May but only Mo, who is seeking his release, was allowed to see him. Mo recently also called for the released Liu Xiaobo, an intellectual whose house arrest without trial for more than six months was illegal, he said.“We call for Huang Qi to be freed without delay as he has serious health problems and the conditions in which he is being held pose a threat to his life,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He needs access to treatment urgently. His wife’s account shows how desperately he needs help.”Zeng Li has written the following account of the prison visit:“At 10:30 a.m., after an hour’s wait, Mo Shaoping was allowed to see Huang Qi for an hour. He told us that Huang Qi has lost a lot of weight. He is worried about whether his son will pass the exam he has to sit soon to get into university. He also asked his lawyer about what is going on in the world and requested news of his friends.“In February, or thereabouts, Lu Dachun, Huang Xiaomin and 17 other people demonstrated outside the Chengdu courthouse to demand Huang Qi’s released. Seven of them were arrested, including Lu Dachun, who fell seriously ill. He was given several days of ‘bed punishment’ in the court hospital, with his legs chained. Huang Qi asked for his family to be helped and to be given legal assistance.“He also said that he has had a tumour on the left side of his chest since March. Tumours of the size of a little finder have appeared in his stomach and chest. He often has headaches, his heart often races, he is losing his sight and he only sleeps for four hours a night. His mother and I are very worried about his health.“This afternoon, I wrote a request for his release on bail and I plan to take it to the court tomorrow. According to his lawyer, the deadline for the start of his trial after receipt of the indictment on 14 January has expired.”Huang originally created his website, Tianwang (www.6-4tianwang.com), as a bulletin board for messages about missing persons. He was first arrested in June 2000, on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, for posting articles on the site that he had obtained from dissident organisations based abroad. He was finally sentenced on 9 May 2003 to five years in prison on a charge of “trying to overthrow state authority” under articles 103 and 105 of the criminal code. His wife, who had not seen him since his arrest, was not notified about the hearing in which the verdict and sentence were announced.——————————Timeline- 10 June 2008: Huang Qi is arrested in Chengdu at 7 p.m. by three people who bundle him and two other dissidents into a car. The municipal police say they know nothing about their arrests.- 16 June 2008: The authorities say he is suspected of illegally possessing state secrets. – 18 July 2008: He is charged with illegally possessing state secrets.- 14 January 2009: He receives a copy of his indictment.- 2 February 2009: His wife and his lawyers are told that his trial will begin the next day.- 3 February 2009: The trial is postponed as the authorities did not give his lawyers enough warning. News News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more ———————————–Read “Huang Qi did what any Chinese citizen would have done in his place” Watch Liu Xiaobo before being arrested ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News June 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrested a year ago today, Sichuan website editor is wasting away in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more
News ZimbabweAfrica Help by sharing this information Organisation September 1, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Three journalists on the government daily TheHerald have been sacked for working with US publicradio Voice of America (VOA). They are accused of”damaging national interests and security”. ReportersWithout Borders called for their reinstatement andcondemned a systematic obstruction of free exchangeof news with the outside world. Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail February 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists on government daily The Herald sacked for working with Voice of America RSF_en News News to go further November 12, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica Reports Follow the news on Zimbabwe Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has called for the reinstatement of three journalists sacked from the government daily The Herald for working with American public radio Voice of America (VOA).The three, sports editor Robson Sharuko and sports journalists, Tendai Ndemera and Rex Mphisa, were dismissed from The Herald at the beginning of February 2004.The Media and Information Commission (MIC) said in a 25 February statement that collaboration by Zimbabwean journalists with VOA, ran contrary to “national interests and security”, since it “was among media that spread lies about this country, contributing to a deterioration in its image.”Reporters Without Borders said the dismissals were symptomatic of the state of press freedom in Zimbabwe. “The authorities are trying to cut all links with the outside world by preventing a free exchange of news,” it said. “Journalists are restricted to writing about the president’s ‘munificence’. No initiative is tolerated because it is viewed as a threat to the Mugabe regime, that feels itself threatened by growing international pressure.” “The Herald is after all the mouthpiece of the ruling party so the authorities are punishing their most fervent supporters,” it added.The international press freedom organisation also strongly regretted that the newspaper had published an article that justified and backed the decision. “Even the government media seem to be afraid of the authorities,” it said.In a separate development, Pikirayi Deketeke, managing editor of The Herald, news editor Innocent Gore and reporter Tsitsi Matope, are facing criminal proceedings for defaming a leader of the ruling Zanu-PF, after carrying an article accusing him of fraud. Under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) they risk several years in jail. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Workers at Huntsman Tioxide no longer let stress rule their lives thanks toan innovative scheme. A stress survey enabled their counselling network to faceup to stress, talk about it and take practical steps to combat it to thebenefit of all employees, by Mike Eccles Huntsman Tioxide, previously part of ICI, is one of the world’s largestproducers of titanium dioxide pigment, which is used primarily in theproduction of paints and plastics. It employs more than 3,000 people worldwide,spans more than seven countries and has a production capacity of 570,000 tonnesa year. At Tioxide’s central research and development site in Billingham, thehealth, safety and working environment of employees has always been given highpriority. A small group of staff are qualified in counselling skills andvoluntarily assist colleagues on site by offering the opportunity to discussany issues or concerns in confidence. In 1997 these counsellors, called thecounselling network, approached the management team with concerns about peoplewho were feeling over-stressed for various reasons. Management agreed thatsomething needed to be done. How the counsellors help Several problems faced the counsellors: identifying the cause or causes ofstress, finding out who was affected and, of course, trying to help. The counselling network also knew they should avoid spending a lot of moneyresearching a problem that might turn out to be affecting only a very fewpeople – who might be helped in a different way. Bearing this in mind, the network approached the Lancaster Group, whichspecialises in finding ways of alleviating stress in the workplace. Afterconsultation with them, the Huntsman counsellors championed the conduct of a‘stress survey’ among all employees, to assess accurately the extent of theproblem. The survey was designed to find out what types of stresses individuals areunder and to show which situations create stress and how staff deal with them. How the changes were implemented While the Lancaster Group prepared the survey, the counselling network beganeducating Tioxide staff to ensure they felt confident with the process andtrusted the confidentiality of the results. The management team stepped back from proceedings to avoid the outcome beingaffected by their intervention. The counsellors talked with each team individually, explaining exactly whatthe survey was for, why it was being proposed and how it would work. Theinvestment in explaining how the survey worked paid off, with an 80 per centresponse rate – one of the highest the Lancaster Group had witnessed. Confidentiality was maintained throughout the process. Completedquestionnaires were analysed by the Lancaster Group before mailing the feedbackto individual’s home addresses rather than to the company offices. HuntsmanTioxide had access only to the Lancaster Group and team results which allowedthem to identify problem areas and plan changes while retaining the anonymityof individual employees. After receiving the feedback from the Lancaster Group there were manyimplications for the company. If employees did have a problem with stress thenTioxide had to be prepared to propose a solution. Help came in various ways. The Lancaster Group provided everyone with abooklet about reducing the impact of stress in their lives. Also, consultantswere available for anyone whose feedback had shown them to be highly stressedand unable to deal with it. It was strongly felt by the counsellors and the management team that thereshould always be an avenue outside the company for anyone who felt they neededto talk, so employees were encouraged to seek help from whoever they felt mostcomfortable with. Positive outcomes for the business The most positive outcome from the survey has been a change of attitude.Employees now talk about stress. It has developed from being something that wassuffered in silence to something that can be discussed and solved. A number of practical measures have been introduced to help change theworking environment. One team has introduced aromatherapy and installedequipment in the office, for example, to try to combat stress, while anotherteam has started a lunchtime fitness group, going to the gym to work out anystress or frustrations. It has also been acknowledged that, to a large extent, the feeling within a teamis dependent on how it is managed. The company has always encouraged managersto obtain feedback from their teams and the survey highlighted how importantthis is as a tool. As a result, more people have taken the opportunity to learnmore about their own style as a manager and how they can adapt in order toimprove the atmosphere within their team. Stress is no longer something to be hidden away at Huntsman Tioxide. Byfacing up to the problem, talking about it and making changes to combat it,workers at Huntsman Tioxide no longer let stress rule their lives. There have been several additional surveys at Billingham since 1997, tocheck on progress and extend the depth of the analysis. Other Huntsman Tioxidesites worldwide are following the initiative, with surveys either completed orplanned. Proof of success is always a challenge, but the Billingham site did its partlast year in delivering the group’s best performance for a very long time. Top tips – Try to dissipate any concerns or threats people might feel at first, it isvery important to educate people about why the survey is needed. Carefullyplanned open communication is essential – It is very important to maintain the confidentiality promised. Should arumour begin as a result of the survey no-one would ever take part again – It is important to see it as more than just a survey, the company has gotto be prepared to help following the feedback. If stress is an inherent part ofthe job, try to educate staff about coping mechanisms – Ensure you have an independent company doing the survey, this providesgreat reassurance for everyone and experts will be available to talk throughany problems that may arise The Best Practice ClubThe best professional network youwill ever join– The Best Practice Club is a professional knowledge network,pooling the ideas and advice gleaned from a diverse and global membership,which spans manufacturing and service industries as well as the public andprivate sectors. Through a combination of education and shared experience,members are able to identify and adopt best business practices. For a full information pack contact 0800435399 or visit www.bpclub.com Hunt out stress at workOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.