Category Archives: international news

University of Hong Kong fires professor for active role in freedom protests

According to the New York Times,

The legal scholar, Benny Tai, was convicted of public nuisance charges last year and sentenced to 16 months in prison, but he was released and remains on bail while his case is under appeal.

The university had faced widespread calls from members of the pro-Beijing establishment to dismiss Mr. Tai. But his supporters argued that dismissing him would undermine academic freedom that has already been imperiled by a new national security law imposed by Beijing.

Let’s put it this way: Academic freedom means zero in Hong Kong now that the iron fist of Xi Jinping has come down hard.

A few questions for the U.S. news media

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Do tell me, U.S. news media (and below I am sometimes referring to you as local entities and other times as national organizations), why do you…

  1. Go with wall-to-wall coverage of protests but don’t when local or statewide elections are happening?
  2. Talk the talk about objectivity but then abandon all pretense of it when covering the actions of the players on your local sports teams?
  3. Allow your upper management to engage in activities that show obvious support for a person or group but suggest such activities by your reporters screams bias?
  4. Find Black people to interview during riots but too often won’t when doing regular news coverage?
  5. Remind all of us about the latest Donald Trump tweet or otherwise shocking behavior but don’t do consistent deep dives into the signals that his health often appears to be bad?
  6. Tout your commitment to your communities but then reduce the number of journalists covering them?
  7. Beat the “Russia” drum without holding Americans to account for voting as they did?
  8. Consider as news, every single day, house fires in which no one was hurt (let’s be thankful for that) but not daily reporting on families that don’t have enough food?
  9. Wrap yourselves around the First Amendment but then wantonly limit the types of stories you’ll cover and the people you’ll interview?
  10. Abandon international news in favor of easier-to-cover domestic stories that often have little to no news value?

It wouldn’t be because hype sells, right? Or it wouldn’t be because detailed and well-researched reporting to often is frowned upon by upper management, right? Or it wouldn’t be because of the fear of losing advertising dollars, right?

China says Taiwan must accept Chinese authority in order to attend WHO meeting

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The Guardian reports China is putting a stipulation on Taiwan’s attendance at an upcoming World Health Organization gathering that equates to the rawest of politics.

Taiwan had observer status at the WHO for seven years until 2016, when it was blocked by China, as it has been every year since. Beijing believes Taiwan is deploying the WHO issue as a route to recognition internationally.

Donald Trump – locked into a multifaceted dispute with China – is already withholding US funds from the WHO, which he describes as “China-centric.”

He has led the calls for Taiwan to be admitted to the UN body, and support is also coming from Australia, the UK, Japan, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. China is also concerned it may be losing the support of India on the issue.