Dissident exile stops blogging because family in Vietnam is being hounded

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts In December 2018, RSF published the findings of its investigation into the methods used by Vietnam to get Facebook to block the posts of exile bloggers such as Hieu on the grounds ofviolations of its “community standards.” Two other Vietnamese bloggers living in Germany, Trung Khoa Le and Nguyen Van Dai, were the among the targets of this systematic censorship. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Excerpt from an interview Bui Thanh Hieu gave to RSF in 2013 about fellow blogger Dieu Cay’s health and situation in jail (photo: RSF). to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed to learn that Bui Thanh Hieu, a well-known Vietnamese blogger living in exile in Germany, is having to censor himself because of his government’s disgraceful harassment of his family still in Vietnam. June 2, 2021 Find out more He explains in the post that he has decided to stop blogging because the Vietnamese authorities have been harassing his relatives still in Vietnam, including his 86-year-old mother who is currently hospitalized. June 2, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Bui Thanh Hieu, who uses the blog name of Nguoi Buon Gio (Wind Trader), has announced in a moving Facebook post: “I beg your understanding for having to say farewell to you for a long time. Farewell, my friends.” Help by sharing this information News Organisation center_img News “It is absolutely despicable that the Vietnamese security apparatus is exploiting the poor health of individuals in order to silence a dissident living abroad,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News “Many people took advantage of my mother, [using her] to force me to comply with their wishes, they want to turn me into a pawn under their control,” Hieu writes. “This situation just happened in the last few days.” RSF_en Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom March 2, 2020 Dissident exile stops blogging because family in Vietnam is being hounded VietnamGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionExiled media Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists VietnamGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionExiled media News Long near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, Vietnam is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2019 Index. “The authorities are displaying appalling creativity in their attempts to gag those who try to provide their fellow citizens with alternative information to the Vietnamese Communist Party’s propaganda. We urge foreign diplomats based in Hanoi, above all the German embassy, to closely monitor the harassment of Bui Thanh Hieu’s family.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe stands by White House comments after President Trump tweets

first_imgU.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe opened up her Thursday press conference with a statement regarding the recent media attention she’s received related to her recent White House comments, President Donald Trump and her national anthem protests.”I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the explicit — my mom will be upset about that,” Rapinoe told reporters Thursday ahead of the Americans’ quarterfinal matchup against France. Rapinoe was asked Tuesday about a potential visit to the White House if the Americans were to win the World Cup, but she was candid in her response, saying she was “not going to the f—ing White House.””Obviously entering with a lot of passion considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform that we have and using it for good and for leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world in a better place,” Rapinoe explained Thursday. Related News “I don’t think that I would want to go (to the White House), but I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way or fight for the same things that we fight for. I’ll just leave it at that and I’m not interested in answering any of those questions. We can get to the real reason we’re here, which is a huge game.” Rapinoe was asked later in the press conference about the reasoning behind why she protests during the national anthem by refusing to sing or put her hand over her heart. However, she deflected the question. “I prefer to keep it about the game for now,” Rapinoe said, while adding she’d be more willing to address the topic again after the tournament. USWNT coach Jill Ellis also was pressed about her team’s response to the media attention, calling the team’s focus on the tournament “phenomenal.””The personality of our players, that’s part of the makeup of the players,” Ellis explained. “They’re elite people that live on a stage that are always under scrutiny. This team has a remarkable focus. We all support Megan. She knows that. We know we have each others backs in there. For our players, there’s only one purpose, one mission that we’re here. Comments, media, whatever — that’s always been something we can block out pretty easily.”Rapinoe’s White House comments sparked a strong response Wednesday from Trump on Twitter. The president wrote, in part:  “I am a big fan of the American Team (sic), and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!” Trump tweeted. “We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”As Ellis stated, the national team plans to put the media distractions behind them as they prepare for Friday’s quarterfinal match against France (3 p.m. ET, Fox).center_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USWNT vs. Francelast_img read more