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Chinese-language NTDTV harassed by Beijing

first_img News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes May 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese-language NTDTV harassed by Beijing News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Authorities in Beijing have been harassing New York-based television channel New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) since its launch in February 2002 as the China ensures it maintains its grip on Chinese-language electronic media.NTDTV’s contract with satellite operator New Skies Satellites (NSS) for Asia transmission recently ended after prolonged financial and political pressure from Beijing. NTDTV has now resumed broadcasting to China and Asia via Eutelsat’s W-5 satellite covering Asia.China has showed itself ready to use the most reprehensible methods to protect its monopoly, including threats, political and financial pressure and blackmail.Regrettably some Western telecommunication companies cave in to Chinese pressure and suspend broadcasts of channels that challenge the Chinese communist party monopoly of the airwaves.Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) fears that Beijing will keep up the pressure, particularly against Eutelsat, the French broadcast regulatory agency (CSA) and the French government, following resumption of NTDTV broadcasts to China and the recent inauguration of the channel on the Hotbird satellite to Europe and the Middle East.Netherlands-based satellite operator NSS had begun broadcasting the channel on open signal to Asia on 1st July 2003. But just three days after the start of broadcasts, NSS encrypted the signal preventing Chinese satellite dish owners from seeing the channel.The decision was taken following threats of financial reprisals against the company made to NSS representatives in Beijing. In January 2004, pressure was intensified to ensure that NTDTV was completely excluded from NSS-6 Asia satellite transmission. NTDTV management many times requested NSS to restore the open signal broadcast but this was refused, and on 1st May 2004 the NTDTV transmission to Asia ended.Beijing accuses NTDTV of belonging to the banned Falungong movement, which it considers a “diabolical cult”. Many of the channel’s volunteers are indeed followers of Falungong, but NTDTV offers a range of programmes, in particular news programmes that provide a sharp contrast with the propaganda on state television CCTV.NTDTV told Reporters Without Borders that other companies had refused to broadcast or host the channel on their satellites for fear of Chinese reprisals. At the start of 2004, Philippines satellite operator Mabuhay cancelled plans to transmit a special Chinese New Year broadcast after threats from the Chinese ambassador in Manila. PanAmSat, which carries the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on many of its satellite platforms worldwide, has also refused to broadcast NTDTV.Through CCTV, Beijing broadcasts on 30 different satellite platforms worldwide, while six is enough to ensure coverage of 99% of the world’s population.This massive presence allows the government to blackmail operators. In 2002, CCTV left the operator Taipei International because it decided to accept NTDTV. The state channel signed a new contract after the removal of NTDTV. In February 2003, the US operator Atlanta ADTH went back on an agreement in principle to carry NTDTV, for fear of losing contracts with Chinese channels.Since 1st May 2004, NTDTV is once again accessible to satellite dish owners in China thanks to transmission on the W-5 satellite by the Paris-based Eutelsat.NTDTV is now freely accessible to more than 200 million satellite viewers worldwide. The channel was approved in April by the French Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA). Reporters without borders fears that the CSA and the French government are coming under official pressure from China for this licensing decision.Moreover, Eutelsat is legally obliged to comply with the principle of equality of access, pluralism and non-discrimination set out under Article 3 of the Convention that regulates this company under French law.In addition to leaning on telecommunication operators, the Chinese authorities have several times prevented NTDTV journalists from working. Its reporters have been refused access to public events and press conferences in the United States and Europe under pressure from Chinese officials. ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img read more

90 days of politics: Five ways to make an impact

first_imgIt is no secret that Democrats are making a strong push to take the majority in the U.S. Senate. In the event of a Clinton Presidency, it would almost be a necessity to advance any significant agenda. Requiring a net gain of five seats for the, Democrats are in a strong position as they are only defending 10 seats to Republican’s 24. What this all adds up to is a battery of contentious, hard fought elections around the country, specifically, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. I would agree with the common analysis that control of the Senate could be won and lost in these states.When it comes to the next 90 days of the election cycle, they kick off with the annual August Congressional recess. Here in Washington that means less traffic, easy seating in popular restaurants, and sweltering heat and humidity. Around the country, however, it means members that candidates will be in their home states campaigning full-tilt. During this period you will likely find many of them to be as responsive to issues as they will ever be. For credit unions, the next 90 days of politicking are a great time to take advantage of this responsiveness and push our issues to the fore. Here are five things you can do that can make an impact:Invite congressional candidates to come speak to your credit union or combine forces with other credit unions and invite candidates to speak to the groupAttend a campaign event and approach the candidate on behalf of credit unions (have your 30 second talking points ready!)Encourage your republican and democratic volunteers to become involved in a candidate’s campaign, always emphasizing credit union positionsContribute money to a campaign, directly or through a PAC.Make sure you are registered and VOTE!Of course, reach out to your leagues and national trade groups to coordinate efforts and hone your message. From now until the election will be the best time in the next two years to educate current and new members of Congress and get their attention! During presidential elections, and certainly this presidential election, it is easy to be focused on important national issues such as foreign policy, and defense. At the same time I urge everyone to also stay mindful of how down-ballot votes will influence our industry. Stay united, as only credit unions can, to ensure a future environment that allows us to be as effective as possible in fulfilling the credit union mission. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Daniel Mica Dan Mica, former head of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), established The DMA Group as a means to combine a myriad of experience into a one-stop consultancy. Elected in … Web: www.dmagroupdc.com Detailslast_img read more

Indonesian bourse caps stock drops at 10% as equities start to rebound after bruising day

first_imgTopics : The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has issued a new regulation that allows stocks, at all price ranges, to fall by a maximum of 10 percent in an effort to anchor the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) after a deep drop on Monday.The new auto-rejection regulation came into force Tuesday, when stocks rebounded on early trading. The rule stipulates that the bourse will allow stocks with prices ranging from Rp 50 (0.3 US cent) to Rp 200 to rise 35 percent and to fall a maximum of 10 percent.Read also: OJK relaxes buyback rules as Indonesian stocks nosedive more than 6% Stocks with prices of between Rp 200 and Rp 5,000 will be allowed to increase by a maximum of 25 percent and decline by just 10 percent, while equities priced higher than Rp 5,000 will be allowed to jump by a maximum of 20 percent and fall by 10 percent.Previously, the auto-rejection ceiling and floor percentages were set at the same level for each price range.“The Indonesia Stock Exchange’s changes to the auto-rejection limits are intended to ensure orderly, reasonable and efficient equities trading,” the bourse’s statement reads.The JCI, the main gauge, jumped by 0.29 percent at opening on Tuesday and soared a further 2.07 percent to 5,242.94 as of 9:44 a.m. Jakarta time after plunging 6.58 percent on Monday to a three-year low amid virus fears and an oil price war.center_img Read also: Oil crash sparks ‘Black Monday’ meltdown on virus-hit marketsThe Financial Services Authority (OJK) on Monday evening also announced a policy to allow listed companies to buy back their shares without a prior shareholders meeting to ease market volatility.“This is as an effort to stimulate the economy and reduce the impact of the significantly fluctuating market,” the OJK said in a statement. (prm)last_img read more

Intercity Transit Encorages Comment On Transit Development Plan

first_imgSubmitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit seeks public input on its draft six-year Transit Development Plan now through August 21. The comment period will culminate with a public hearing on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., at Intercity Transit’s business office, 526 Pattison Street SE. Routes 62A, 62B, and 66 serve this location.The Transit Development Plan (TDP) reports on Intercity Transit’s annual operating budget, capital investment, and business strategies and is submitted to the Washington State Department of Transportation in the fall as required by state law. The TDP is updated annually with input from staff, citizens, and the Intercity Transit Authority, the nine-member governing board.The TDP provides a summary of Intercity Transit’s 2012 activities with operational highlights for the past year. It also provides a summary of service and facility changes anticipated for the next six years as required by Washington State. The 2013 through 2018 TDP assumes service levels will remain steady over the next few years and reflects a modest level of sales tax revenue, Intercity Transit’s primary source of operating income.This year’s TDP describes: (1) 2012 agency accomplishments (2) operating changes anticipated between 2013 and 2018 and (3) operating and capital financial elements projected for 2013-2018.Members of the public are encouraged to comment at the public hearing or by:• Mail to P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA  98507 (attention: TDP)• E-mail to [email protected], or• calling Intercity Transit’s comment line, 360-705-5852The deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 4 p.m.  Get a copy of the draft TDP at Customer Service at the Olympia Transit Center (360-786-1881, [email protected]), the business office (526 Pattison Street SE, Olympia, 360-786-8585), on the website , or review a copy at local Timberland libraries in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm.For More Information please contact Meg Kester, 360-705-5842 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more