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Chinese journalist gets 15 years in jail for denouncing Party corruption

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first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately release Chen Jieren, a journalist who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for accusing Communist Party officials of corruption in his social media posts. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2020 – Updated on May 7, 2020 Chinese journalist gets 15 years in jail for denouncing Party corruption April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionImprisonedPredators Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionImprisonedPredators Receive email alerts The sentence that a people’s court in Guiyang county, in the central province of Hunan, passed on Chen on 30 April is one the harshest received by a journalist since Xi Jinping became president in 2013. Convicted of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and of “extortion and blackmail,” the 48-year-old Chen Jieren was also fined 7 million yuan (nearly 1 million euros), the equivalent of 53 years of the average Chinese journalist’s salary.“This grotesque sentence is a throwback to the practices of the Maoist era and is clearly designed to set an example and ensure that no Chinese journalist dares to question the regime again,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “Beijing must overturn this disgraceful conviction and free Chen Jieren at once, along with all the other journalists and commentators imprisoned in China.”One of Chen’s brothers, the blogger Chen Weiren, was sentenced at the same trial to four years in prison and a fine of 10,000 yuan (1,300 euros).They were arrested in July 2018 together with a third brother, Chen Jieren’s wife and two women who worked with him and all were placed under “residential surveillance at a designated location,” the official euphemism for detention in one of China’s “black prisons.” Chen’s WeChat social media account was deactivated and Chinese state media broadcast his “confessions” the following month.Before starting to freelance, Chen worked for several Chinese propaganda media outlets including China Youth Daily, Beijing Daily, and People’s Daily, but was fired from each of them because his articles were regarded as excessively critical.China is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists with at least 109 currently held in conditions that pose a threat to their lives. They include Qin Yongmin, 66, a commentator sentenced to 13 years in prison in July 2018 for “inciting the subversion of state power,” RSF Press Freedom Award Laureate Huang Qi, 56, who is serving a 12-year jail term for “disclosure of state secrets abroad,” and Wu Gan, 47, a blogger sentenced to eight years in prison in December 2017 for “inciting subversion of state power.”China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. last_img read more

Neymar Risks Prison over Barca Move

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first_imgThe Brazilian international forward is now with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1.The case, which follows a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian group which part-owned the rights to Neymar, surrounds allegations of “corruption” and “fraud” in the player’s move to Barcelona.Neymar moved to the Spanish La Liga giants in May 2013 for a reported fee of 57.1m euros. Although no financial details of the deal were revealed by either Barcelona or his Brazilian club FC Santos, Neymar’s parents were said to have received 40m euros and FC Santos 17.1m.In January 2014, prosecutors in Madrid began investigating the transfer because documents requested by the authorities contained contradictory information.Rosell resigned from his post as president a week later and Barcelona subsequently revealed they had actually paid 86.2m euros for the Brazilian star.DIS, who received 6m euros of the 17.1m given to FC Santos, alleges that Barcelona and the Brazilian club colluded to mask the true cost of the deal.Bartomeu, Rosell, Barcelona, FC Santos and its former president, Odilio Rodrigues Filho, are now expected to answer charges of fraud, according to the decree.Because the prison term involved exceeds five years, three judges are set to preside over Neymar’s trial which is expected to be heard at the Audiencia Nacional, a high court with jurisdiction over Spanish territory as well as over international crimes which come under the jurisdiction of Spanish courts.Whether Neymar faces a prison term remains to be seen, however.In May 2017 the Spanish authorities said Neymar should stand trial but no date has yet been set.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into alleged irregularities in Neymar’s move to Barcelona in 2013 said wednesday the Brazilian superstar could face up to six years in prison.“The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years,” said a decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia, a copy of which was seen by AFP.Neymar, his parents, Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar’s move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013. Neymar last_img read more

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