News News VietnamAsia – Pacific Media independence CorruptionPredatorsJudicial harassment It was after becoming increasingly aware of all the unreported corruption that Danh, who used to work for state media, decided to found Bao Sach and publish it on social media. It quickly gained nearly 100,000 followers and was hailed for its independence in a country where the official media are forced to pump out the CPV leadership’s propaganda. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of three Vietnamese journalists who were arrested this week after denouncing abuses by two senior officials, and urges the authorities to stop hounding journalists trying to provide their fellow-citizens with independent reporting. Doan Kien Giang, Nguyen Thanh Nhe and Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao (from left to right), have been arrested on 20 April, 2021 (photos: sggp.org.vn – plo.vn – nongnghiep.vn / RSF). The police in the southern province of Binh Thuan did not bother with a warrant when they arrested Nguyen Van Son Trung, a member of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN), on 9 April and interrogated him for five days without allowing him access to a lawyer. News VietnamAsia – Pacific Media independence CorruptionPredatorsJudicial harassment Nguyen Thanh Nha, Doan Kien Giang and Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao are facing possible seven-year prison sentences on charges on “abusing democratic freedoms” following their arrest in the southern city of Can Tho on 20 April. Nguyen Hoai Nam, another journalist who did his journalistic training working for state newspapers, was arrested on 2 April and placed in detention for three months after posting articles on Facebook exposing questionable practices within the Ho Chi Minh City government. April 22, 2021 – Updated on April 23, 2021 Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam In February, RSF reported the arrest of Phan Bui Bao Thy, the bureau chief of the state-owned magazine Giao Duc va Thoi Dai (“Age and Education”) in the central province of Quang Tri. As often in this kind of case, the police charged him under the same penal code article 131 with “abusing democratic freedoms” although article 25 of the constitution guarantees press freedom. Vietnamese magazine reporter held for “abusing democratic freedoms” “Abusing democratic freedoms” to go further News Follow the news on Vietnam Nha, Giang and Bao recently reported that Bui Van Cong, a senior official in the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), had plagiarised his doctoral thesis. They also exposed supreme court president Ngyuen Hoa Binh’s implication in many irregularities that led to the abusive imposition of a death sentence. Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Harassment “Instead of cleaning up corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks, the regime’s repressive apparatus now regularly persecutes journalists who investigate the corruption,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The arrest of Nguyen Thanh Nha, Doan Kien Giang and Nguyen Trung Bao is therefore extremely shocking. Bao Sach’s journalists are the symbol of the emergence in several parts of the country of a press that no longer accepts having to cover up the shameless skulduggery by part of the ruling class.” RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Organisation Receive email alerts RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more The three reporters were regular contributors to Bao Sach (“The Clean Newspaper”), a Facebook news page founded by Truong Chau Huu Danh, a journalist who was arrested on 17 December 2020 after exposing questionable practices by authorities controlling the motorway concession system. The Bao Sach Facebook page has been blocked ever since. Both of these officials have just been appointed to senior positions within the Politburo of the CPV, which held its five-yearly congress in January, and in the National Assembly, Vietnam’s rump parliament, whose members were elected on 31 March. February 16, 2021 Find out more
Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester United and faces up to four weeks out with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed. The injury means Silva will also miss next week’s crucial Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow and a trip to QPR. He could also be unavailable for Spain’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and a friendly with Germany. Pellegrini, speaking at his press conference to preview Sunday’s game, said: “David has a problem in his ligament. Maybe he will be out around three weeks so he will not be available for the derby. “He is a very important player but I think we have a squad and we have to replace him with another player.” Midfielder Yaya Toure was also withdrawn as a precaution during the Newcastle defeat due to a groin problem but Pellegrini expects him to be fit to feature this weekend. Pellegrini said: “Yaya has a small problem. We will see him on Saturday but I think he will not have any problems.” Also on the positive side, playmaker Samir Nasri appears to have come through his return to action in midweek, after seven games out following groin surgery, unscathed. Silva was hurt in the early stages of Wednesday night’s 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup as he tangled awkwardly with Ryan Taylor. “Manuel Pellegrini confirms that @21LVA will miss Sunday’s game. Will be out for 3-4 weeks. #mcfc #cityvunited,” City said on Twitter on Friday. Press Association
Eric He | Daily TrojanThe most important story in sports this week did not happen on a football field or a basketball court … or on any playing surface. Instead, it happened in a courtroom in Lansing, Mich., where more than 150 girls and women spoke directly to Larry Nassar — a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor who pleaded guilty to several sex crimes — during his sentencing hearing, which concluded Wednesday with Nassar sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.There are several storylines here, the most important of which is the very fact that this is happening, that these survivors — who include prominent American gymnasts such as three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman — feel empowered to speak up, to confront this monster who exploited and abused them and manipulated their trust for so many years, while institutions such as USA Gymnastics and Michigan State ignored repeated complaints. Make no mistake: This should be the headline on every sports website right now — not Tom Brady, not LaVar Ball.This story is as uplifting as it is horrifying and infuriating. For every brave woman who has stood before Nassar in court and described how much he ruined their lives and despite how he’ll spend the rest of his life rotting in jail, disrespect and insensitivity persist. Michigan State trustee Joel Ferguson said during a radio interview, “There’s so many more things going on at the university than just this Nassar thing.” For every supportive statement offered by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who allowed time for every single one of Nassar’s victims who wish to speak to come forward at the hearing, there’s the fact that Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon took until Wednesday to resign, despite the Detroit News reporting that 14 university representatives were made aware of Nassar’s abuse — and stood silent. Even then, she offered a tone deaf resignation letter, which she opened by literally inserting herself into the same sentence as Nassar’s victims and ended it by calling this tragedy politicized, that she would take the resulting blame. “As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger,” Simon wrote. “I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements.”No, clearly, you don’t understand. Why is it so hard to just apologize, admit fault, resign and leave it at that?And for every such half-hearted apology that these enablers issue, there is the ridiculous comment made by NCAA President Mark Emmert last week, when he claimed that he did not have enough details to voice an opinion on the matter. Yes, you heard that right. More than a hundred survivors have come forward to speak directly to Nassar about the trauma he induced in their lives, creating a story that has been in the news cycle for days on end — Nassar himself has literally pleaded guilty to the charges — and the head of the organization that is supposed to ensure the health, safety and well-being of its student-athletes claim he does not have enough details to voice an opinion on the matter. But do the smallest thing to attack the “amateurism” of student-athletes, and come hell or high water, you bet Emmert will strongly condemn it. Amazing, yet pathetic — as the NCAA typically is.The NCAA can do better, and it has a chance to atone for the nonsense that came out of Emmert’s mouth. On Tuesday night, it announced an investigation into Michigan State’s handling of the Nassar case. Nassar worked at Michigan State from 1997 to 2016, during which he was accused of sexual abuse by cross country and softball players that he treated. The NCAA will investigate the school for any potential rule violations, and hopefully it will get to the bottom of whatever cover-up may have happened and how high it went — and punish the university accordingly.And yet, to put your trust in the NCAA is like trusting a 2-year-old to have proper morals. This the same organization that went light on Penn State after assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested young boys, backing off on what had originally been decently tough sanctions. This is the same organization that has yet to punish Baylor University, where football player after football player was accused of sexual assault in recent years, creating one of the worst national scandals we’ve ever seen. The many victims and survivors of Nassar’s horrific actions will never receive enough justice, but giving them a chance to look this monster in the eye and know that he’ll die in a prison cell is a step in the right direction. And if Michigan State did indeed cover up the crimes, the NCAA must come down hard and make sure there no more Larry Nassars. Mr. Emmert, this story will go in your hands next. Don’t bow down to terrible people like the aforementioned Ferguson, who had more disgusting things to say, this time about whether the NCAA would investigate the school.“This is not Penn State,” Ferguson said. “They were dealing with their football program. They’re smart enough to know they’re not competent to walk in here on this.”I’m begging the NCAA: Be competent. For once, be on the right side of history. Do your job. Help these survivors heal.Eric He is a junior majoring print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Thursdays.
The prestigious Joy Sports Pub Series returns today with the coverage of the crucial UEFA Champions League first round knockout match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspurs at the San Siro.The Joy Sports Team will beam this game live on a giant screen at Epo’s Spot in Osu. The match which starts at 7:45pm will be preceded by a pre-match quiz dubbed “How well do you know your club”.Fans who participate in the quiz could win several attractive prizes.Manager of Epo’s Spot, Anthony Lakai told Joy Sports football fans should troop to his Pub to watch the game for they will not regret the experience.He said the atmosphere is great and there are adequate seats for all who come to the pub.Source: Joy Sports/Ghana