freedom expression – GUWIV http://guwiv.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:04:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://guwiv.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/guw-150x150.png freedom expression – GUWIV http://guwiv.com/ 32 32 Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen delivers remarks at a press conference announcing the transnational crackdown charges | Takeover bid https://guwiv.com/assistant-attorney-general-matthew-olsen-delivers-remarks-at-a-press-conference-announcing-the-transnational-crackdown-charges-takeover-bid/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 19:14:55 +0000 https://guwiv.com/assistant-attorney-general-matthew-olsen-delivers-remarks-at-a-press-conference-announcing-the-transnational-crackdown-charges-takeover-bid/ Good afternoon. We are here to report three significant cases, unsealed today in the Eastern District of New York. These cases reveal attempts by the government of the People’s Republic of China to suppress dissenting voices in the United States. They demonstrate how the PRC seeks to hunt down, intimidate and silence those who oppose […]]]>

Good afternoon. We are here to report three significant cases, unsealed today in the Eastern District of New York.

These cases reveal attempts by the government of the People’s Republic of China to suppress dissenting voices in the United States. They demonstrate how the PRC seeks to hunt down, intimidate and silence those who oppose it.

In discussing these cases, I would like to reiterate that the department remains focused on the actions of the PRC government and its agents – not the Chinese people or those of Chinese descent, who are often the victims of these crimes. Although separate issues, these three cases are all very much related.

One shows an insidious strategy of gathering information on dissidents in order to target them and, in some cases, imprison democracy advocates abroad. A case describes a plot to derail the candidacy for Congress of a US citizen and veteran, who was also a former student protester during the 1989 Tiananmen protest and later fled to the United States . And one shows a campaign of surveillance and harassment of an artist engaged in free and peaceful expression.

All three cases show that if you report such abuses, US law enforcement will respond and demonstrate that law enforcement was able to disrupt these plots and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Last month, when I announced the National Security Division’s new strategy for countering threats from nation states, I said that our approach would be driven by the greatest threats, including the alarming increase in transnational repression. This is an example of what I meant.

Authoritarian states around the world feel encouraged to go beyond their borders to intimidate or retaliate against individuals who dare to speak out against oppression and corruption.

For example, the Justice Department recently filed charges against people involved in the forced diversion of a commercial flight by Belarus to arrest and detain a Belarusian journalist and dissident. We prosecuted those who participated in Iranian plots targeting dissidents living here, including a plot to kidnap an Iranian-American activist in New York.

We have prosecuted agents from Russia and Egypt for illegally surveilling and targeting dissidents of these authoritarian regimes. And we have denounced attempts by the PRC and Saudi Arabia to deploy agents inside technology companies to obtain private information about critics and to obstruct the exercise of freedom of expression.

Today, we’re adding three more cases to that list.

For the Department of Justice, defending American institutions and values ​​against these threats is a national security imperative. Transnational repression is part of the range of tactics employed by our adversaries in an attempt to undermine our democracy, our economy and our institutions. And it’s a threat not only to people in the United States, but also to people around the world who seek to exercise their basic rights to free speech and oppose authoritarianism.

This activity is contrary to core American values ​​- we will not tolerate such repression here when it violates our laws. We will defend the rights of Americans and those who come to live, work and study in the United States. We will not allow any foreign government to deny them freedom of expression or the protection of our laws or to threaten their safety or that of their families.

Today’s cases, which U.S. Attorney Breon Peace will discuss in more detail in a moment, demonstrate that the Department of Justice will protect American democracy and ensure that everyone within our borders have access to equal justice under the rule of law and enjoy the protection of the United States. Constitution.

As I said, these alleged conspiracies are separate cases, and each will be prosecuted based on the facts and the law in federal court, and each of these defendants is presumed innocent unless or until he is proven guilty in court.

Authoritarian regimes seek to deprive people of their human rights and fundamental freedoms. These cases reflect America’s commitment to freedom and justice.

I will now turn the floor over to the United States Attorney who will present today’s charges.

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Mexico rejects EU press freedom resolution: ‘We are no longer anyone’s colony’ https://guwiv.com/mexico-rejects-eu-press-freedom-resolution-we-are-no-longer-anyones-colony/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 21:16:46 +0000 https://guwiv.com/mexico-rejects-eu-press-freedom-resolution-we-are-no-longer-anyones-colony/ Mexico’s government on Thursday delivered an unorthodox and sardonic response to a European Parliament resolution calling on it to step up protections for the press and human rights defenders, amid a growing number of journalist murders in the country. Mexico’s response, delivered through official channels as an unsigned open letter to MEPs, opened by calling […]]]>

Mexico’s government on Thursday delivered an unorthodox and sardonic response to a European Parliament resolution calling on it to step up protections for the press and human rights defenders, amid a growing number of journalist murders in the country.

Mexico’s response, delivered through official channels as an unsigned open letter to MEPs, opened by calling on members to end their “corruption, lies and hypocrisy”.

“It is unfortunate that you join like sheep in the reactionary and putschist strategy of the corrupt group that opposes the Fourth Transformation, propelled by millions of Mexicans to confront the monstrous inequality and violence inherited from neoliberal economic policy which for 36 years has been taxed in our country,” the letter read.

The administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was reacting to a resolution adopted Thursday by the European Parliament which “calls on the authorities, and in particular the highest, to refrain from any communication likely to stigmatize human rights defenders , journalists and media professionals, to exacerbate the atmosphere against them or distort their lines of investigation.”

The López Obrador administration’s response touched on a range of bilateral and global issues, ranging from boasting of Mexico’s “pacifism” for not sending weapons to a war zone – in a thinly veiled allusion to the European military assistance to Ukraine amid Russian invasion – to López Obrador’s approval notes: ‘By the way, with higher approval than European leaders.’

“Next time, inform yourself and read the resolutions that are presented to you before voting. And remember that we are no longer the colony of anyone. Mexico is a free, independent and sovereign country”, reads- we in the letter.

The European resolution came as six journalists were killed in Mexico in 2022 as a result of their work, making Mexico the deadliest country in the world to practice journalism.

López Obrador downplayed the government’s role in protecting murdered journalists, saying they were killed by criminal elements, not direct actions by the Mexican state.

Yet he has been quick to point fingers and publicly criticize journalists he sees as opponents of his administration.

“The president in his daily press conference continues to stigmatize journalists, to attack publications, critical media. We consider this to be one of the deadliest countries for journalists. This is not possible, it’s not acceptable to have a president who attacks journalists every day,” said Emmanuel Colombié, head of the Latin America desk at Reporters Without Borders.

“I’m not saying that he encourages killings, but that he should change the way he talks about the press,” Colombié added.

López Obrador in February rose up against the Secretary of State Antoine BlinkenAntony BlinkenMexico rejects EU press freedom resolution: ‘We are no longer anyone’s colony’ China is wildcard in Russia-Ukraine warafter the top US diplomat expressed concern over the murders of journalists in Mexico.

Colombié said López Obrador often took criticism from abroad personally, including in cases like Blinken’s concerns or the EU resolution, which did not directly mention López Obrador.

In its letter to the EU, the Mexican government weaved accusations of colonialism and undue interference in internal affairs, while repeating López Obrador’s assertions that journalists are free to practice their profession in Mexico.

“Know, MEPs, that Mexico has ceased to be a land of conquest and, as in a very short time in its history, the libertarian principles of equality and democracy are respected. No one is repressed here, the right to freedom of expression and the work of journalists is respected. The state does not violate human rights as previous governments did, when you, by the way, were complicit in the silence,” reads -on in the letter.

But conditions for journalists have deteriorated dramatically in recent months, even as journalism has been a dangerous profession in Mexico for decades.

“We know the situation described in the resolution, we think it is very important to have a strong reaction from the European Parliament because it is not only a Mexican problem and it is important to put pressure on the Mexican authorities in this time,” Colombié said.

Colombié added that in addition to the confirmed murders of journalists in 2022, Reporters Without Borders is investigating whether a seventh murder was linked to the victim’s profession.

“If we reach seven cases in just over two months, that means we have the same number of murders as in 2021,” he said.

And while none of the killings are believed to have been ordered by Mexican federal authorities, Reporters Without Borders has linked government corruption at the local level to heightened levels of danger for journalists operating in states and regions. specific municipalities.

“We observe a direct link between organized crime and the places where journalists are killed,” Colombié said.

The federal government has a mechanism to protect journalists and human rights defenders, but that mechanism has failed in at least one high-profile murder.

In January, journalist Lourdes Maldonado was shot dead in Tijuana, while she was under the protection of the federal mechanism.

Maldonado had in 2019 personally told López Obrador at his daily press conference that she feared for her life amid a labor dispute with Jaime Bonilla, a former governor of Baja California who is also a former US elected official and a close ally of López Obrador.

After Maldonado’s death, Bonilla publicly denied any involvement and downplayed Labor’s lawsuit, which Maldonado won shortly before he was assassinated.

Investigations into Maldonado’s murder have yet to yield results, in a country where few or no murders of journalists are solved.

“Between 95% and 100% of cases of murders and enforced disappearances of journalists go unpunished with regard to intellectual authors. [authors] crimes are caught and convicted,” Colombié said.

“It’s like encouraging the authorities to commit crimes against the press,” he added.

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Zimbabwe: Chamisa, predator of press freedom https://guwiv.com/zimbabwe-chamisa-predator-of-press-freedom/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 13:28:45 +0000 https://guwiv.com/zimbabwe-chamisa-predator-of-press-freedom/ When Nelson Chamisa formed a new political party which he called the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), many people expected there to be a paradigm shift from the MDC, in which the first was rooted. Chamisa marketed the new formation as a clean break from Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, hence its slogan – “Here comes the […]]]>

When Nelson Chamisa formed a new political party which he called the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), many people expected there to be a paradigm shift from the MDC, in which the first was rooted.

Chamisa marketed the new formation as a clean break from Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, hence its slogan – “Here comes the new one”.

Alas, hopes continue to be dampened as the newcomer gradually takes on the shape of his old self. This cemented the argument of some critics that the CCC was just old wine in new wineskins.

Some of Chamisa’s opponents and lieutenants now fear that the young leader and his CCC are worse dictators than those they accuse.

Chamisa’s declaration of war on public media last week will be enough to convince everyone that the CCC was even more dangerous than the Nazi Party.

“Those associated with Zanu PF may not be able to access our gatherings. Our laxity, magnanimity and generosity are abused. We will limit access to our sites to journalists who work for Zanu PF and we know We won’t allow you to,” Chamisa told a news conference.

This statement sparked negative comments and condemnation, even from allied media organizations such as the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (ZINEF), the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and the Young Journalists Association (YOJA) , among others.

Surprisingly, the usual self-proclaimed media freedom watchdog, the US Embassy in Zimbabwe, remained silent on the issue. Had the same statements been made by Zanu PF, the outcry would have been of seismic proportions.

This calls on the US Embassy to mask its agenda by at least shedding crocodile tears under such circumstances. Selective law enforcement has no place in a democracy.

Mr. Chamisa prides himself on being a fighter for democracy, but his manner continues to contradict the principles of a democratic movement. He must be up to it and practice the democracy he generously prescribes to others.

There is a tendency to think that he transformed the democratic movement of Tsvangirai into a simple coalition of citizens, perhaps to escape the responsibility of his autocratic leadership. It would have been a great misnomer to have a despotic leader leading a so-called movement for democratic change.

Mr. Chamisa is not even ashamed of it. Announcing his party’s new name, he revealed that he had kept the name to himself for some time as he feared his lieutenants would leak it to Zanu PF.

This only shows that the name of the new party is not the result of a consultation.

He runs this party like his personal shop. No one is allowed to speak at his gatherings. They only have a few minutes to confirm his inconceivable statements.

You must see how the lieutenants run to the dais when they are discourteously ordered to do so.

No one has a job except him. This created discontent within the interim leadership. Professor Welshman Ncube had to pretend to be ill to avoid attending the Harare election campaign launch.

According to unimpeachable sources, Professor Ncube even refused to follow Chamisa’s orders to go and beg from local embassies arguing that he needed to know in what capacity he would perform the task since he was stripped of his vice-presidency.

He begins to realize to members of his new party and allied organizations that they have a tyrant at their head, no wonder they nicknamed him “Tin Dictator”.

Welcome to the world of reality citizens! That’s exactly what we’ve been saying from the start. The young man is a real enemy of democracy and media freedom.

This is not the first time that media freedom has been threatened by opposition leaders who, ironically, pose as paragons of democracy and defenders of media freedom.

Robert Tapfumaneyi, a journalist who works for Sly Media was in January 2020 harassed and assaulted by MDC Alliance security personnel who accused him of working for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

Overzealous security also grabbed Tapfumaneyi’s camera and threw it to the ground and prevented him from covering the event.

Chamisa never showed remorse for the savage attack on a journalist in the line of duty. The party’s deputy spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, had to offer a half-hearted apology.

The yellow baby was anchored in the MDC, as such, he inherited the culture of violence that was in the DNA of the latter.

Reporters Without Borders rightly notes that “the ruling Zanu-PF party is not alone in showing hostility towards the media and opposing freedom of the press… Members of the opposition are also responsible for a climate of intimidation”.

Under the leadership of Tsvangirai who is Chamisa’s mentor, each gathering will bear the scars of violence, with several journalists being harassed and intimidated for exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression.

On 7 June 2013, journalist Herbert Moyo of the weekly Zimbabwe Independent was nearly killed by MDC members while covering a protest in Sunningdale, Harare.

Moyo was taking pictures of demonstrators protesting the imposition of candidates when a group of thugs surrounded him and beat him. MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora then intervened to end the attack. What a peacemaker! So far, his party has no trace of hostility towards the media.

The day before Moyo’s attack, Tsvangirai’s bodyguards manhandled Mashudu Netsianda, a reporter for the Chronicle in Bulawayo, before seizing his notebook and deleting the recordings he had made on his mobile phone.

It is regrettable that journalists were attacked either under the nose of the opposition leadership or that it was the leadership itself that carried out the attack. In May of the same year, Tsvangirai himself threatened the media.

“You can’t have a newspaper with six articles saying Tsvangirai this and Tsvangirai that,” he said.

“Everyday! Regai vakadaro. Mais musi umwe gava richadambura musungo (Leave them like that, but one day the roles will be reversed). I want to tell you this, muchadya izvozvo (you will face the music)”, a- he bellowed threats.

CCC Acting Co-Vice President Tendai Biti once threatened ZiFM radio journalist Garikai Fadzai. The reporter was reporting on the use of the US$50,000 constituency development fund that Biti received as a member of the House of Assembly for Harare East.

“Ende mukaita zvemangamanga ndinokusuwai au m**** (unprinted word). Wazvinzwa here mukomana,” Biti thundered.

State media journalists have been the main targets of opposition attacks.

They now avoid opposition rallies and events. When they avoid, the same people complain about media blocking.

Herald reporter Joseph Madzimure was barred from a press conference addressed by Fadzai Mahere at the Media Center in Harare last year. In 2019, security for Mr. Chamisa attacked a ZBC journalist during a rally at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru. The ZBC crew had to leave the event in a hurry.

During a press conference at Harvest House in March 2019, to confirm Mr Chamisa as leader of this party, Zvamaida Murwira of the Herald and freelance journalist Anna Chibamu were also attacked. The marauding youths also roughed up then-Herald photographer Tawanda Mudimu, who was covering a demonstration by activists protesting the imposition of candidates.