News News May 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gets four years for exposing Communist Party corruption in Shandong ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders condemns the four-year prison sentence that a court in Tengzhou, in the eastern province of Shandong, imposed on journalist Qi Chonghuai on 13 May on charges fraud and extorting money. Qi, who spent 11 months in pretrial detention, used to work for Fazhi Zaobao (Legal Rule Morning Post), a newspaper owned by the justice ministry.One of his lawyers, Li Xiongbing, who pleaded for his acquittal in court, said that this decision violates press freedom.“Coming just a few months before the Olympic Games, this sentences is yet another example of the Chinese government’s lack of tolerance for critical writers and journalists.” Reporters Without Borders said. “Qi’s trial was not fair. It lasted only 11 hours, the defence was unable to call any witness and no written proof of the alleged fraud was produced. Local Chinese justice had yet again displayed a complete lack of transparency.”Aged 42, Qi had worked for 13 years as a journalist for Fazhi Zaobao and other media outlets, and often wrote about corruption in political and financial circles. He was arrested on 25 June after posting an article about Communist Party corruption in Tengzhou on a forum on Xinhuanet, the website of the official news agency. He was formally charged with “fraud and extorting money” on 2 August.Nine days before Qi’s arrest, a friend of his, freelance photographer Ma Shiping, was arrested for the same reason, although the pretext used was the fact that he had posted a photo of an official building online without being officially accredited as a photographer. A member of the staff at Tengzhou Daily, which used to employ Ma, said: “He dared to say what the accredited reporters did not dare write. He dared to say the truth.” Ma is still detained in Tengzhou.One of Qi’s former colleagues at Fazhi Zaobao, journalist He Yanjie, was given a two-year prison sentence by the same court in connection with his work for the newspaper. Both journalists are being held in Tengzhou prison.Today in China, 31 journalists and 48 cyberdissidents are in jail.More on Chinese press freedom News Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation
iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — A Walmart employee’s tip has led to a large weapons bust near a college campus in upstate New York.Federal authorities filed charges against Maximilien Reynolds, 19, on Friday for two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device and a silencer, false statement in acquisition of a firearm and a false statement in required firearm record.According to the criminal complaint, a Walmart employee in Ithaca, New York, called police after Reynolds allegedly purchased ammunition, camping gear, drill bits, tools, hacksaw blades and knives with a gift card.Ithaca police and two FBI agents responded to Reynolds’ apartment, where they encountered his girlfriend, who allowed them inside. The complaint alleges the small apartment was “in severe disarray” with random piles of clothes, food, laboratory glassware and math formulas written on the windows. The authorities also found a bulletproof vest, gas mask and saw knives lying out in the open before the woman alleged to be Reynolds’ girlfriend ushered them out.Authorities later returned, voluntarily spoke to investigators and allowed his apartment to be searched, the complaint states.The FBI found a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing, knives, military-style gas mask, MSR-15 Patrol rifle, ammunition, a homemade silencer and bomb-making materials, including fireworks rigged with shrapnel.The suspect was previously known to authorities, as Reynolds had previously been detained by Ithaca police in June 2016 under Section 941 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law, the complaint shows. The law allows police officers to take a person into custody and take them to a hospital if they appear mentally ill.Reynolds used to be a student at Cornell University, but was currently taking classes at nearby Tomkins-Cortland Community College.“On Thursday, FBI agents arrested Maximilien R. Reynolds following the reported seizure by the City of Ithaca Police Department earlier this month of a number of weapons in his possession at his residence in the city’s Collegetown neighborhood,” Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner said in a statement. “Cornell University Police is cooperating with IPD and the FBI in this investigation, and all agencies continue to work together to promote the safety of Cornell University’s campus and the surrounding community.“Neither Cornell University Police nor the lead law enforcement agencies in this case believe there is a threat to the campus or Collegetown.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.