June 2, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of former arts critic on Liuyang News after 16 years in prison, on 22 February 2006. But torture and long spells in solitary confinement have left him mentally ill and unable to recognise his family. During the 1989 student demonstrations, he hurled ink at Mao Zedong’s portrait in Tiananmen Square and wrote articles in support of free expression. to go further News Help by sharing this information February 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who was driven mad in prison freed after 16 years Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders notes the release of arts critic, Yu Dongyue, imprisoned after the June 1989 student demonstrations, who has left jail a broken man, driven mad after being tortured and held for long periods in solitary confinement.And in an act which the press freedom organisation described as “the last word in cynicism” the authorities have just re-arrested his former student companion, Yu Zhijian, for “subversion”.”We are, of course, pleased to learn that Yu Dongyue is finally free. We hope that he will be able to regain a little serenity in returning to his family, after 16 years of imprisonment, “it said.”Yu’s physical and psychological state demonstrates the full atrocity of the Chinese prison system, which destroys lives to gag dissident voices,” said Reporters Without Borders, calling for the release of the 70 prisoners of opinion still in jail for taking part in the 1989 pro-democracy movement.Yu Dongyue, now 38, left prison N°1 in Hunan southern China on 22 February and was taken home to Shegang in Hunan, accompanied by his brother, Yu Xiyue.”He does not recognise me and we cannot understand one another,” his brother told Reuters news agency. His mother, Wu Pinghua said on the phone that she was very happy her son was coming home again, but added, “He is mentally ill and it will be a burden to take care of him.” News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Yu has very serious mental problems after spending at least six months in a cell measuring less than 3 metres square, followed by two years in solitary confinement. He was regularly tortured.One former fellow inmate, Lu Decheng, said the journalist would kneel down whenever he saw a warden and would lick the ground, covered in people’s spit. He added that warders had tied Yu to an electricity post and left him out in the full sun for several days.Journalist and art critic on Liuyang News, Yu was sentenced by the Beijing people’s intermediate municipal court to 20 years in prison and five years loss of political rights on 11 July 1989 on charges of “sabotage” and “counter-revolutionary propaganda”. On 23 May 1989, he hurled egg shells full of red paint at Mao Zedong’s portrait in Tiananmen Square. The authorities were also displeased by his articles in support of free expression and for his avant-garde opinions on artistic matters.His sentence was reduced by two years in 2000 after he “sincerely expressed his repentance and his wish to re-educate himself” and a second time by 15 months in 2003. Despite repeated pleas by his family for his release “on medical grounds”, the authorities decided in August 2005 to delay his release date to 22 February 2006.His two friends, Lu Decheng and Yu Zhijian, who were with him on 23 May 1989, had already been freed earlier.Yu Zhijian has just been rearrested for taking part in a rotating hunger strike in support of a human rights lawyer being threatened by the government. His family has been informed of his arrest and the charge of “subversion” that has been made against him. He had been freed in March 2000 after 11 years in prison.Lu Decheng, a former bus conductor, is currently being detained in Thailand. He should be able to leave for Canada, on 14 March 2006, under a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement programme, despite repeated calls from the Chinese government for him to be returned to China. Organisation Receive email alerts News News
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Q&A: Why Banks Are Steering Clear of Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Huffington Post Australia:As news broke of the government’s decision to ditch the proposed Clean Energy Target (CET) and adopt instead the hastily cobbled-together “National Energy Guarantee” (NEG), Energy Finance Analyst Tim Buckley, from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), went on Sky News and voiced strongly worded opposition to the plan.HuffPost Australia contacted Tim Buckley to run some of the key points of the National Energy Guarantee past him.HuffPost Australia: OK Tim, let’s start at the beginning. In abandoning the CET, the government is effectively saying renewable energy simply can’t do the job that fossil fuels can do, and that only coal can provide the baseload grunt underpinning the system. Is this true?Tim Buckley: Baseload is a term which was 100 percent relevant 10 years ago. It is is out of date now and is an excuse for why we need to subsidise coal. Baseload is no longer relevant because demand and supply are more flexible. This is what AEMO [the The Australian Energy Market Operator] is saying and what the Chinese government and other governments are saying. A grid is stronger when it is diversified.HuffPost Australia: But both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg repeatedly said on Tuesday that only their new plan provides true “reliability”.Tim Buckley: The government is fixated with reliability as an excuse to prop up the coal-fired power industry even more than it’s already been propped up through 50 years of massive subsidies. The government is throwing misinformation. When did you last have a blackout? Our network is gold-plated to allow grid reliability, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.HuffPost Australia: What about “affordability”, which is another term Turnbull and Frydenberg have repeated many times this week. Is renewable energy more expensive?Tim Buckley: No, that is not true. Wind is now cheaper than new coal or gas, and solar is at least at parity. The price of wind and solar is dropping every year.HuffPost Australia: We often hear that the government’s reluctance to subsidise or incentivise renewables has left investors running scared of committing to the sector. Are there really Australian investors out there busting to invest in renewables?Tim Buckley: We have the fourth largest superannuation pool in the world. It is 2 trillion dollars and growing, and it is looking for industries of the future that are sensible and commercially viable. Anyone investing in thermal power could assume to maximise profits in the near term because they know the world has to deal with climate change in the medium to long term.HuffPost Australia: And if they can’t invest here…Tim Buckley: They are going offshore instead.HuffPost Australia: We know that banks are increasingly reluctant to fund massive new coal projects like Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine. But will they fund renewable energy?Tim Buckley: The banks are there to make money, and that’s why they are moving. They know that the policy is changing in China, in Europe, in Korea, in America, in Indonesia and they don’t want to be facing a cliff [by committing to redundant coal projects] when inevitably we get sensible energy policy here.The five biggest American banks have in the last three months committed $575 billion in lending to renewable projects, and no one is forcing them to do it. CommBank here has committed $20 billion, and it’s roughly the same size as the American banks. In many ways, [renewable energy projects] are the perfect asset — long duration and low risk.More: The Energy Analyst Who Is Totally Gobsmacked By Turnbull’s ‘Ridiculous’ Energy Plan