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Government brutally breaks up South Korean parliamentarians’ press conference

first_img News Follow the news on China to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) voiced dismay after Chinese state security agents broke up a press conference in Beijing called by South Korean parliamentarians over the plight of North Korean refugees.Around 40 journalists were brutally ejected from a hotel conference room on 12 January 2005.The worldwide press freedom organisation said Beijing was using “unacceptable methods” to stop the press reporting on North Korean refugees in China, that “only confirmed the Chinese government’s obvious collusion with the Pyongyang regime.””China should allow Chinese and foreign journalists to report freely on North Korea”, it said in a letter to Chinese foreign minister Zhaoxing Li.Men claiming to be from the Chinese foreign ministry agents stopped the South Korean parliamentarians from holding their press conference at the Sheraton Hotel, one of them yelling at journalists, “Everyone out, you can’t do this” and threatening those who asked for his name.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that some 40 journalists were roughly bundled out of the room by security agents.The four South Korean deputies, including Kim Moon-soo, were there to brief the media on their investigative trip to Yanji Province in the north-east to check on the North Korean refugees.They were also seeking to draw media attention to the plight of several South Koreans who are being held in China for coming to the aid of the refugees from North Korea.”How can they do this to us, we are here lawfully and we have diplomatic passports”, Park Seung-hwan, of the Grand National Party told AFP.Two South Korean reporters were detained in China in 2004 for investigating the plight of North Korean refugees. Photographer Jae-hyun Seok was released in March 2004, after 14 months in detention. In September, a diplomatic magazine Zhanlue Yu Guanli (Strategy and Management) was closed after carrying an article by economist Wang Zhongwen criticising the North Korean regime. ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Receive email alerts Organisation News January 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government brutally breaks up South Korean parliamentarians’ press conference April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

Editorial – A question of choice

first_imgAdvertisement NewsEditorial – A question of choiceBy John Keogh – October 2, 2015 873  THIS week the public representatives of Limerick city and county had the opportunity to call on the government to hold a referendum on whether or not to repeal the eighth amendment of the Constitution.This amendment, which was passed in 1983, introduced a constitutional ban on abortion.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Councillors were not asked to vote on whether or not they were in favour of abortion, but merely to ask the government to put the matter before the people of Ireland and let the electorate decide for themselves.This seems to have been lost on many of our public representatives, as the motion was voted down by 23 to 12.Regardless of their personal views on abortion, which they’re perfectly entitled to hold, the members of Limerick City and County Council showed a lack of understanding of the basic principles of democracy by failing to lobby for a referendum that many of their constituents would like the chance to vote on.Indeed, just three months ago, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recommended that Ireland hold another referendum on abortion.The last referendum was held 13 years ago in 2002, before many of the women of childbearing age in Ireland today were eligible to vote.They are the ones who will be affected by Ireland’s abortion laws, whether it is an 18-year-old student experiencing a crisis pregnancy, or a 30-year-old married woman facing a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality during a much-wanted and longed for pregnancy.Neither of them have had the chance to cast their vote on the matter yet.Nonetheless, one by one, 23 of the largely male and middle-aged members of Limerick City and County Council voted against asking the government to let these women have their say.One by one, the councillors spoke at length about their views on abortion, missing the point entirely, and missing the opportunity to give the people they represent the chance to express their own opinions through the ballot box. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Twitter TAGSabortioneighth amendmentlimerickLimerick City and County Councilreferendum WhatsAppcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Previous articleLimerick: where east meets westNext articleBasketball – National Intermediate Cup Brings All Four Provinces Together John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more