Appeal court keeps long jail terms, albeit reduced, for two newspaper executives

first_img Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more June 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court keeps long jail terms, albeit reduced, for two newspaper executives Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) voiced outrage at yesterday’s decision by an appeal court in Guangzhou to maintain long prison terms for two former executives of the liberal daily Nanfang Dushi Bao, general manager Yu Huafeng and managing editor Li Minying, although it reduced the length of the terms imposed by a lower court.The case continues to be marred by irregularities and political pressure, Reporters Without Borders said. The organisation also protested against the continuing detention of the daily’s former editor Cheng Yizhong, who has been held by the police without being charged since 20 March.On appeal, the Guangzhou intermediate court reduced Yu’s prison sentence from 12 to eight years, and Li’s from 11 to six years. After the judges issued their ruling, Yu said responded: “You can manipulate the law, but not history.” He intends to appeal again to the Guangzhou high court.Reporters Without Borders said it was disgraceful to see an appeal court repeat point by point the arguments made in the lower court’s verdict, which had been crude and manipulated by the local authorities. The organisation added it hoped the high court would receive the appeal which Yu’s lawyer intended to file.”All the facts of his case need to be re-examined,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter addressed to China’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York. “Sentences of six and eight years in prison for crimes of opinion are indefensible and contrary to the international undertakings given by the People’s Republic of China.”The government news agency Xinhua quoted the judges as saying: “The first verdicts were based on clear facts and real evidence. The verdict punished the crime and the judicial procedure was legal. But the punishment was relatively heavy.”The journalists’ defence lawyer, Xu Zhiyong, insisted on his clients’ innocence. “We all think it was a miscarriage of injustice,” he said. He reported that his law firm’s website, www.oci.org.cn, had been blocked by the authorities during the week preceding the hearing. He also deplored the news blackout about the case in the Chinese press.The arrests were in fact linked to a series of investigations carried by the liberal Guangzhou newspaper, particularly on Sars and the death of a young graphic artist, Sun Zhigang, beaten to death in a Guangzhou police station. They were all sacked from the newspaper before being detained.This conspiracy by the local authorities, including Guangzhou police chief, Zhu Suisheng, against this brave daily aims to foster a climate of fear among Chinese journalists. Reporters Without Borders has spoken to several of them. They described themselves as “crushed” and “terrified” by the arrests of the three journalists. Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation News ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Newslast_img read more

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Fed OIG’s Report on Alleged Discrimination Within CFPB Made Public

first_imgSubscribe CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General 2015-03-10 Samantha Guzman Fed OIG’s Report on Alleged Discrimination Within CFPB Made Public Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Samantha Guzman is an award-winning visual journalist and graduate of the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. She specializes in visual storytelling and has skills in video, audio and photography, in addition to news writing. She has traveled to Mexico and Bosnia as an assistant for multiple multimedia projects and taught news writing, photojournalism, and narrative storytelling in the past. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Federal Reserve Inspector General made his findings of the investigation of discrimination in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) public Monday, stating the CFPB has made progress in combatting discrimination, but still was work to do. Last week, legislation was introduced to replace the director of CFPB with a five-person committee to combat the alleged overreach of the Bureau, according to House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).Allegations of workplace discrimination within the CFPB arose in 2013 when documents were leaked by employees to the media. Employees alleged they were givin unfair evaluations based on gender, race, and age, not job performance. Head of the CFPB Rirchard Cordray admitted the employee evaluation system used in 2012 and 2013 was unfair and launched his own internal report last year. Cordray’s report found black and Hispanic workers, those over age 40, those outside Washington, D.C., and those in the union were more likely to get bad performance evaluations under the system, which worsened their pay and career advancement prospects.The inspector general’s review found that in three of the CFPB’s six divisions in fiscal year 2012, white employees received higher performance ratings than their black colleagues, and the same was true in two of the six divisions when it came to Hispanic co-workers. The report released Monday found that the CFPB’s policies for promoting diversity and inclusion within its workforce fell short of what was necessary to achieve the goals set at the end of fiscal year 2013.While the inspector general’s own review and the review of an outside consulting firm found there was a “statistically significant” discrepancy, there was no evidence of an intentional policy to target nonwhite, non-male employees, according to the report.“The results of the external consulting firm’s analysis of the CFPB’s fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2013 performance ratings indicated statistically significant disparities among CFPB employees across certain demographic groups. However, these statistically significant differences do not necessarily indicate discrimination and could be due to a wide variety of explanations, such as actual differences in employee performance,” the report said.HSFC Committee Chairman Hensarling said the report findings show the CFPB “is a very troubled bureaucracy” whose managers “seem to have a real problem when it comes to how they treat minority employees.””Each day, it becomes more apparent that the CFPB is an unaccountable Washington bureaucracy in need of real reforms,” Texas GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling said in a statement.The CFPB has since scrapped the old evaluation system and said it has taken steps to improve diversity within their organization.”The CFPB appreciates the OIG’s affirmation of diversity and inclusion efforts as critical to the overall development and performance of an organization. The CFPB concurs with the OIG’s recommendations regarding additional policies and enhancements to the Bureau’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and has already made significant progress in addressing the recommendations since the close of the evaluation period in October 2014,” the CFPB said in a statement in the report. 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