Two cyber-dissidents harassed for calling for Middle East-style protests

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News News April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison to go furthercenter_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam March 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two cyber-dissidents harassed for calling for Middle East-style protests April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam News Because of their age and ill health, Reporters Without Borders urges the government to be lenient with two cyber-dissidents in their 60s who are facing possible imprisonment for urging Vietnamese to follow the example of pro-democracy demonstrators in the Middle East. Their poor health would only be exacerbated if they were sent back to jail.They are Nguyen Dan Que, 69, an independent journalist, who has been charged with anti-government propaganda and Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest and human rights activist, 64, who has a brain tumour and whose very worrying condition would inevitably suffer if he had to resume serving an existing jail sentence.“We are dismayed to see that arrests and harassment of democracy advocates are continuing after the increase in repression of dissidents caused by January’s Communist Party congress,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Worried about possible contagion from the protests in the Maghreb and Middle East and obsessed with protecting stability at all cost, Hanoi is determined to silence its outspoken citizens and reinforce online censorship.”Que was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City, in the south of the country, on 28 February for urging the population to “be inspired by the pro-democracy movements in Africa and the Middle East” and to “get rid of the communist dictatorship and to build a new, free, democratic, human and progressive Vietnam.” He was released 48 hours later on condition that he would cooperate closely with the authorities.Reporters Without Borders has learned that Que nonetheless issued a statement on 3 March announcing his refusal to cooperate with the police and denouncing the arbitrary charges brought against him. He was placed under close surveillance when he was granted a conditional release in 2005 after more than 20 years in prison.Father Ly, a member of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy network, has been under growing pressure from the authorities for calling for Middle East-style protests and for criticising the government in his articles. Sentenced to eight years in prison in 2007, he was granted a 12-month suspension of his sentence so that he could receive treatment for his brain condition.The judicial authorities are supposed to decide on 14 March whether to extend the suspension of his sentence or send him back to prison. Ly has ruled out any possibility of compromising with the authorities, announcing: “I don’t care if I go back to prison (…) if necessary I will go on hunger strike.”Sixteen other netizens are currently detained in Vietnam for expressing their views freely online.last_img read more

House passes NDAA w/out CUNA-opposed exemption expansion

first_imgThe House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 Thursday without any language expanding the Department of Defense’s (DOD) discretionary authority to waive the certain costs for land leases and fees.Currently the DOD has authority to do so for credit unions, and CUNA, leagues and the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) have engaged with House policymakers since last year’s NDAA, which would have granted banks unconditional, rent-free access to military installations.“We’re pleased CUNA, league and DCUC engagement resonated with House Members  as this bill was drafted, introduced, marked up and now passed the House without any inclusion of language expanding rent-free access to military bases,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Credit unions’ have a legacy of more than 70 years of service to military members and their families. We look forward to engaging further as this bill goes to conference committee to ensure the final version is free of any language that would change the DOD’s current exemption authority.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump succeeding in  making America great

first_imgThe 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton erased were not about her yoga classes or her mother’s funeral. They were about money she was taking for the fake Clinton Foundation. You know from people all over the world who thought they could buy favors from her when she became president. That’s someone who enriched themselves at the expense of the American people. Donald Trump is a billionaire; he’s donating his salary he gets as president. He could make a lot more money not being president. As far as not being qualified, Obama set the bar as the least qualified person to ever be president. He started the war on cops, attempted to destroy the greatest healthcare system in the world, added as much to the national debt as all the presidents before him, made race relations the worst they have been in 50 years. And the things he considers great accomplishments of his, he had to lie to get them done. For example, Obamacare, the Iranian agreement and don’t forget how he lied about Benghazi to protect his reelection.Cynthia, our economy is growing, unemployment is down, we have re-established ourselves as the world’s lone superpower as opposed to “leading from behind.” What a joke. Face it, Trump is making America great again.Dave EdwardsHalfmoon Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 30 letter, “Trump supporters must be voted out”: Ms. Cynthia Swanson’s claims are false and very hypocritical.There is no evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia. None. The only candidate who colluded with Russia in the last election was Mrs. Clinton. The fake dossier she paid for was written with Russian help.center_img More from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more