Follow the news on China China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific (source : 64 Tianwang)The next day, a man aged around 30 threw ink on the lower left-hand corner of the gigantic portrait of Mao Zedong that overlooks the square. The police quickly “removed” the man and set up a 200-metre perimeter in an attempt to conceal what had taken place.Wang was arrested on 7 March and sent back to her home province, Jilin, where she is being held on a charge of “picking quarrels and causing trouble,” which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.Two other 64 Tianwang contributors, Liu Xuehong and Xing Jian, were arrested on 8 March. Liu, who covered the defacing of Mao’s portrait, is being held in a Beijing detention centre. Her husband told Amnesty International that the police were using Falung Gong membership as a pretext for holding her and for seizing computers, cameras and a computer hard disk from their home. It is not known where Xian, 17, is currently being held.Huang Qi has served a total of eight years in prison in two stints since 2000. The second one began in July 2008, when he was sentenced to three years in prison on a charge of “illegal possession of state secrets” for helping the parents of children killed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.On 22 June 2004, Reporters Without Borders awarded its Cyberfreedom Prize to Huang Qi, who has been imprisoned for four years for criticising the Chinese government on his Internet site.The 12th session of the National People’s Congress a year ago, when Xi Jinping was installed as president and repeatedly promised to provide “benefits to the population,” was also marked by a great deal of censorship and restrictions on freedom of association.Classified again as an “Enemy of the Internet” in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders report on the Internet, China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RWB’s 2014 press freedom index. News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s arrest of Huang Qi, the director of the independent news website 64 Tianwang, and last week’s arrests of three citizen-journalists who are contributors to the site and who are still detained.They were arrested in connection with their coverage of protests and other actions that “petitioners” staged in Tiananmen Square in an attempt to draw the attention of officials participating in the annual National People’s Congress, which began last week and ended yesterday.“We firmly condemn the arrests of citizen-journalists and the harassment of Huang Qi, and we demand the release of the three contributors to his site who are still being held arbitrarily without any charge being brought against them,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“Every time the authorities censor the public and those who courageously try to report actions carried out by members of the public, the regime reveals a bit more of its determination to ignore and deny social problems despite the growing criticism it is receiving.”A dozen policemen went to Huang Qi’s home in Chengdu yesterday afternoon, arresting him and seizing his computer, mobile phone and USB sticks. After releasing him, they went back again today.He told Reporters Without Borders: “There were policemen form the Beijing Public Security Bureau. They notified me of two summonses and around ten policemen then searched my home. Two of them were even armed. They requested information about the website’s contributors who were in Tiananmen Square.”Three citizen-journalists were arrested last week for taking photos of incidents in Tiananmen Square. On 5 March, the day that the National People’s Congress began, a woman tried to set fire to herself but police officers intervened and took her away. Thanks to Wang Jing, a volunteer reporter, 64 Tianwang covered the incident and posted photos of smoke rising from a spot near the Forbidden City. March 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor, three citizen journalists arrested for covering protests Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Help by sharing this information to go further
Follow the news on Armenia Organisation ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today urged Armenia’s electoral authorities to ensure that tomorrow’s presidential election run-off is not marred by incidents similar to those in the first round on 19 February in which journalists were the targets of violence and obstruction.”We ask you to do everything possible to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the second round on 5 March,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Artak Sahradian, the president of the electoral commission. “We point out that, while the media must adhere to strict rules to avoid favouring any candidate during an election, the authorities for their part must ensure that journalists are free to cover the polling,” Ménard said.Goar Vernizian, a correspondent of the weekly Aizhm, which is published by the Democratic National Union Party, was thrown against the wall of the Shirvanzade school polling station by unidentified individuals on 19 February as she was covering violations of the electoral rules. Her assailants also seized the audio cassette on which she was recording. Two journalists with the TV station Shant were hit and their video tapes were taken as they filmed a man stuffing ballots into a ballot-box in the same polling station.The same day in Yerevan, a member of the parliamentary commission of voting station No. 356/16 in Nar-Dos school seized the camera of freelance journalist Susanna Pogosian and injured her hand as she was accompanying Gedeon Lichtfield of the British weekly The Economist. Lilit Vardanian, the person in charge of electoral commission No. 26/073 in Echmiadzin (20 km. from Yerevan), refused to allow Karina Asatrian, a reporter with the independent TV station A1+, and her cameraman Robert Kharazian to film. The two journalists were then physically attacked by young men who damaged their camera and chased them out of the polling station. June 8, 2021 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News RSF_en April 9, 2021 Find out more March 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential election: concern about violence against journalists Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more
Ableton, the Berlin-based software music company, is renowned on the scene, with its ever-popular Ableton Live having been used extensively by the likes of STS9, Blockhead, Flume, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Panda Bear, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and so many other big names in music. Already well-known artists aside, the software company just launched a brand-new website called Learning Music, which is clearly geared toward those striving to reach Skrillex-status someday. The new site teaches visitors the basics of beat-making from the ground up, giving straight-forward tutorials and letting users get hands-on experience crafting beats in their web browser for free before they choose to upgrade to the full Ableton Live 9 suite, which costs upwards of $700.Check Out These Adidas Concept High-Tops With A Built-In Roland TR-808 Drum MachineAbleton’s Learning Music builds on itself, with ten chapters that move from beats to notes and scales up to chords, basslines, melodies, and song structure. Each chapter is broken into a handful of mini-lessons, frequently using well-known songs—such as “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin, “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Around The World” by Daft Punk, and even the classic hit that is “Mary Had A Little Lamb”—as models for the specific elements being taught. Once you’ve graduated from lessons, you can make use of the site’s “playground” to create and combine your own songs, then move onto their more advanced topics, which include lessons on modes, major and minor scales, inversions, triads, and more.You can go and check out Ableton’s Learning Music site here. It’s pretty neat to play around with, even if you don’t ever end up becoming a world-famous producer on the same level as some of Ableton’s more well-known clients. Though, we’re holding out hope that at least a couple of you guys do.[H/T Pitchfork]
The West Palm Beach Police department is reporting that an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed after he attempted to rob two people at gunpoint.The incident occurred around 10:48 p.m. Friday, along the 600 block of 37th Street.Authorities say two men were sitting in a parked vehicle when the armed suspect approached them and attempted to rob them.The two men in the vehicle, however, decided to fight back. A struggle ensued and one of the men from the vehicle was able to get ahold of the suspects weapon. The suspect was then fatally shot.Investigators say they are still reviewing the incident. If you have any information about this shooting, you are asked to call West Palm Beach Police at 561-822-1900.