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Hong Kong government must end its attack on public media independence

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first_img June 30, 2020 Hong Kong government must end its attack on public media independence June 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Hong Kong government to end its attack on the editorial independence of public broadcasting group RTHK, which is essential to ensuring media plurality in a landscape of dwindling press freedom. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassment News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassment News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img to go further News News June 7, 2021 Find out more PHOTO: RTHK On June 10th, the Chairman of the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Board of Advisors, which is appointed by the Hong Kong government, publicly demanded the channel to broadcast a propaganda series he insisted would help Hong Kongers to form a “correct understanding” of the widely criticized National Security Law. That very same afternoon, the decision to broadcast the show was confirmed by an RTHK spokesperson, in a blow to the public group’s strong reputation of independence, and likely a result of strong political pressures. The Board of Advisors has already sparked controversy through its announcement on May 21st for the formation of a “working group” that would monitor the governance and editorial principles of RTHK, to which neither management nor staff representatives were invited to join.”The existence of an independent public audiovisual media network is essential to ensure Hong Kong residents are being provided with unbiased information, particularly as press freedom is rapidly deteriorating under Beijing’s political and economic pressure,” says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head. “Chief Executive Carrie Lam would do better ensuring the restoration of press freedom enshrined in Article 27 of the Basic Law in Hong Kong, rather than meddling in the independent editorial choices of RTHK.” According to a survey carried out by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, RTHK remains the most trustworthy media in the eyes of Hong Kongers. Recently, the group came under pressure from the authorities after its broadcast of the satirical show Headliner which poked fun at the police and has since been taken off-air, and in its broadcast of an embarrassing interview in its show The Pulse, in which a representative of the World Health Organization fumbles to answer questions from a journalist on the topic of Taiwan’s exclusion from global health talks.The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong has fallen from 18th place in 2002, to 80th place in this year’s RSF Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China stagnates at the bottom of the index in 177th place out of a total of 180 countries. June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation last_img read more

San Francisco’s Bicycle Day Announces 2019 Lineup & Event Details

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first_imgBicycle Day is the annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound, LSD-25, after accidentally discovering the compound’s psychedelic nature three days earlier. Named for Hoffman’s trippy bicycle ride home from the lab that fateful day, each year on April 19th, folks come together to celebrate the world’s first acid trip back in 1943.Today, the celebration of unofficial holiday amongst psychonauts worldwide announced the artist lineup for their 2019 event. This year’s Bicycle Day celebration will feature performances by The Polish Ambassador (live), Slow Magic, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Bluetech, Wyatt Marshall (Dirtybird/Desert Hearts), MiHKAL, El Papachango, Dissølv, Evan Casey (Desert Hearts), and Justin Campbell (Desert Hearts). In addition, the event will be illuminated with live visuals courtesy of Android Jones.In addition, Bicycle Day 2019 will feature a blotter print museum curated by Mark McCloud and the Institute of Illegal Images, an art gallery courtesy of Tribe13 Gallery and Android Jones, floral design by Anthony Flowers Ward, psychedelic relics from Shakedown Gallery, live painting, local vendors, interactive installations, organic food, and much more.This year, Bicycle Day will be celebrating its 76th anniversary, presented by Euphonic Conceptions and Legion of Bloom Music. The event will return to its home at The Midway in San Francisco, the larger venue to which the event moved in 2017.The event pages notes, “San Francisco’s Bicycle Day Celebration is not only a concert, but a petri dish of creativity, inspiration, and sensory stimulation. World-renowned visionary artists live painting, an immersive art gallery and exhilarating performances play a large role in this annual festivity that is always packed to the brim with heart-opening experiences.”Tickets for San Francisco’s Bicycle Day celebration at The Midway are on sale now.last_img read more

Murray, Kerber to play in virtual Madrid Open

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first_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber will play in the virtual Madrid Open later this month after the clay-court event was cancelled, organisers said on Thursday.Players will do battle online on the Tennis World Tour videogame to raise money for those struggling in the sport and people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Andy Murray’s last Grand Slam win was his 2016 Wimbledon victory Former world number ones Murray and Kerber, who have both won three Grand Slam singles titles, are among the first stars to sign up for the tournament, which will feature 32 players and run from April 27-30. “(It) is a new challenge for us the players, and something that I have never been done before,” said Kerber.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: ATP chief hoping for Roland Garros, clay-court season in SeptemberAn additional 50,000 euros “will all go towards reducing the social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic”.Tennis has been in lockdown since early last month and is not scheduled to return until July 13 at the earliest following the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It’s exciting and a good opportunity to compete from home in a new format. I’m looking forward to participate.” French ATP player Lucas Pouille and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro will also take part. Each male and female winner will decide how much of a 150,000-euro ($164,000) purse to donate to “tennis players currently suffering economically”.last_img read more