Five-year jail sentence upheld on appeal against webmaster Huang Qi

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) has managed to confirm that a five-year jail sentence for “subversion” was upheld on appeal against webmaster Huang Qi, in August 2003.The organisation said it was disturbed by the court’s decision, delivered at a secret hearing. It has also learned that Huang has been moved to a prison further away from his home and that his wife has still not been allowed to visit him.”For humanitarian reasons it is essential that Huang’s wife is allowed to visit him,” said Reporters Without Borders, adding that violence to which he was often subjected, was unacceptable.The organisation called on the international community to lobby for his release and for that of 37 other cyberdissidents and Internet users who are in jail in China.Friends of Huang Qi said his appeal was heard in the week of 10 August and that it upheld the five-year jail term handed down at the earlier hearing. Huang, who created the Internet site, had been held in detention since June 2000 for “attempting to overthrow the state”. His wife, Zeng Li, was informed of the court decision at the end of August. The two lawyers who defended Hung as far as the appeal, had come under strong pressure from the authorities and decided to withdraw from the case. They also advised his wife not to launch a fresh appeal.During the appeal hearing, guards are said to have ill-treated Huang, holding him down by the throat when he tried to protest at the fast track nature of the case.Huang was moved in September 2003 to Chuan Zhong prison (200 kms east of the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu where he was held previously) but his wife has still not been permitted to see him. She sent him several letters that never arrived. She has to find nearly 500 RMB (yuans) a month to ensure that he is properly fed. Only his former lawyers have been occasionally permitted to visit him. Receive email alerts October 8, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five-year jail sentence upheld on appeal against webmaster Huang Qi Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information Webmaster Huang Qi was sentenced on appeal to a five-year jail sentence after a secret hearing in August. Cyberdissident was later moved to a prison located 200 kms from his house. His wife has still not been permitted to see him. June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

RIO $1M Year-end Extravaganza tournament officially launched!

first_img– 24 teams will head into action on Thursday eveningIT is no doubt the largest pay-out in the indoor football format and starting on Thursday (November 14), 24 of the country’s top teams in the indoor format of the game, will begin the journey to cash in on the Rio Year-end Extravaganza’s $1M first place prize. No tournament before has offered a seven-figure pay day until now, and at the official launch of the tournament yesterday at the Rio Night Club, the organisers are promising  more than just a huge payday for the players.Gold is Money, Bent Street, Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Leopold Street, LA Ballers, Future Stars, Avocado Ballers, Tiger Bay, Sophia, Albouystown A and B, Showstoppers, Alexander Village, Rio All Stars, Melanie, Buxton Diamond, BV, Stabroek Ballers, New Market Street, Ol Skool Ballers, Island All Stars, Broad Street, and Silver Bullets are the teams that will feature in the tournament, which will be played at the National Gymnasium.The teams will be divided into six groups of four with the top two gaining automatic qualification, while the four best third place teams will join them in the round of sixteen when the knockout phase commences.The teams were meticulously selected by the organisers, who ensured that the best exponents of the format will be in action over the eight days of competition.It therefore means that fans are guaranteed a high quality of play, while they too could enjoy give backs by entering a competition that will see 10 of them win $2000 each night.The tournament will run through to December 14 when the final will be played.  The other playing days are November 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 and December 7. The winning team is set to receive $1M, while second, third and fourth place finishers will be rewarded with $400,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively along with beautiful trophies.The organisers are aiming to make the tournament a memorable one for fans, while also rewarding teams and their supporters for the Christmas season.At the launch of the event, it was stated that both members of the Guyana Police Force and Private Security have been retained to ensure that fans in attendance feel secure. Giveaways and other incentives for the fans will be a feature every night of play.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Johnson believes emotion key to Badgers’ success

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team played spiritedly on Valentine’s Day, closing out their regular season home schedule with an 8-1 triumph on senior day.Women’s hockey: Badgers secure conference title with sweep of Minnesota StateEmotions ran high in LaBahn Arena this weekend, with the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team celebrating senior weekend Sunday. Read…Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson believes emotion was the defining characteristic of the team during their season-long effort, which resulted in their fifth WCHA regular season title.Eight seniors held spots on Wisconsin’s roster, the most the team had since 2005-06, giving the Badgers motivation and evoking the emotion needed to win.“Senior Day is always an emotional day and having such a big senior class [leads to] distractions which coaches don’t like,” Johnson said. “When they drop the puck, as a coach you hope they’re ready to play.”Johnson’s hope came true. He witnessed his team deliver an incredible performance against Minnesota State.“I was happy with the way we came out and handled those emotions. More importantly I was happy how we came out in the third period and embraced the last 20 minutes of our regular season at home,” Johnson said. “We played as well as we have all season.”Wisconsin finished the game with eight goals and a club-record 31 shots on goal to propel the team to win 30 out of 32 games so far this season. Historically, that number of victories has marked the beginning of even greater achievements to come in the postseason.The Badgers are five for five in reaching the national championship game when accumulating 30 or more regular season wins. Four of those five championship appearances resulted in Wisconsin becoming the national champions.In the closing minutes of the team’s weekend match, Johnson recognized the significance of what the win would mean for his players.“[I told them,] ‘Go on the ice and enjoy playing here in front of the crowd and knowing that in five or six minutes you are going to be WCHA champs,’” Johnson said.The regular season title was a major personal achievement for Johnson, who called it the toughest trophy to win in women’s hockey.“It takes so long to get there and so many things have to go right and you have to be consistent, you have to make improvements and you have to make adjustments, and this group has been able to do that,” Johnson said. “I got home last night about 9:30 on my couch, very relaxed and a smile on my face. It was a good day.”But facing No. 3 Minnesota in a two-game series this weekend, Johnson does not intend to let his team dwell on the past weekend’s accomplishment. Instead, he’ll let his team’s emotion and drive lead them to victory.last_img read more