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Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison

first_img Receive email alerts February 16, 2021 Find out more Dieu’s trial took place against the background of a tightening crackdown on the free flow of news and information in Vietnam surrounding the five-yearly Communist Party Congress held in January this year, which extended the mandate of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, embodiment of the party’s conservative wing.    News Vietnamese magazine reporter held for “abusing democratic freedoms” “RSF demands the immediate release of Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu, whose severe sentence is another sign of the relentlessness with which the Vietnamese government cracks down on independent voices that attempt to keep independent journalism alive in the country,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. to go further News VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment A Vietnamese court sentenced the journalist and blogger Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years’ imprisonment on April 23. Dieu, who once worked for the state media, began investigating taboo subjects and posting articles on the Internet in order to put her fellow citizens in the picture. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for her immediate and unconditional release. “It is also proof of the nervousness of the Communist Party’s current leadership which prefers to eliminate the messengers rather than tackle society’s structural problems. Such contempt for freedom of the press grossly violates article 25 of the constitution of Vietnamese Socialist Republic.”     RSF_en News Last week, RSF reported that police in the southern city of Can Tho had arrested three journalists, Doan Kien Giang, Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao and Nguyen Thanh Nha, who contributed to the Facebook news page Bao Sach (“The Clean Newspaper”). They were charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 131 of the criminal code.   RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu’s trial in Phu Yen People’s Court was rushed through in barely three hours (photo: Thanh Nien). April 27, 2021 Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment A former reporter at the Phu Yen Newspaper, an official organ of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Dieu had had her fill of propaganda and decided to provide her fellow citizens with independent and trustworthy news and information via the Internet. She tackled taboo subjects such as official corruption, pollution of the environment, human rights abuses and the lack of response by the Vietnamese Communist Party to intrusions by the Chinese Navy into Vietnamese waters.      Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.  Organisation Crackdown tightens Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu’s trial in the People’s Court in Phu Yen province in the south-east of the country was rushed through in barely three hours. She was arrested in August last year and held at a secret location for three months. She was charged with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 117 of the criminal code after posting stories and videos on her pages on Facebook and YouTube. Newslast_img read more

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4 Peaks Music Festival Announces Initial 2018 Lineup

first_img4 Peaks Music Festival will feature performances by Greensky Bluegrass Nahko & Medicine for the People, North Mississippi Allstars, and The New Mastersounds when the homegrown fest returns to Bend, OR from June 21st to June 24th.Poor Man’s Whiskey, Particle, Brothers Comatose, The Mother Hips, Molly Tuttle, Scott Pemberton and more are also set to appear at the festival, which will take place at the Stevenson Ranch.Now in its 11th year, 4 Peaks Music Festival was originally launched as a backyard gathering for Central Oregon residents. Last year‘s 10th anniversary celebration featured sets from moe., Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.Tickets for the 2018 edition of 4 Peaks Music Festival are now on sale. [Photo: Greg Homolka]last_img

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The Pre-Show Eats Guide To Denver

first_imgColorado in the summertime is a music lover’s dream. Between peak Red Rocks season, Phish’s annual Dick’s run, and the dozens of shows and superjams that go down in Denver and Boulder on a nightly basis, there’s really no place like it. The culinary scene in Denver and surrounding areas has really exploded in recent years, making no pilgrimage out there complete without some solid grub. Whether you live in the area or are planning your next trip, here are some of our favorite Denver spots to grab a bite before a show.For more, follow @EatHearNow on Instagram, join the Pre-Show Eats Facebook group, and tag your photos with #PreShowEats!Best for Vegetarians: Watercourse This elevated food hall has something for everyone, so skip the dreadful process of getting a whole group of people to agree to one category. A spacious patio with killer views makes this the perfect spot for pre-show eats or drinks with a group in the summertime.Runners Up: Linger, Postino, Recess Beer GardenBest Italian: Bar DoughBar Dough offers a wide array of pizzas, pastas, proteins, and veggies with a mix of traditional and slightly out-of-the-box dishes. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the pasta can be ordered in small or large portions, so that you can carb up before a show without hating yourself after.Runner Up: CopertaBest Views: El Five Save this one for the night before or after the show, as it should be the main attraction of the evening. A cozy, romantic atmosphere paired with an impeccable food menu consisting of fresh, seasonal dishes makes for a fantastic experience every time. This is hands down one of the best spots in town.Runner Up: The Way Back, PotagerBest Deli: Masterpiece Delicatessen White Pie Pizzeria is just down the road from the Odgen Theatre and the Fillmore Auditorium and offers up some of the best pizza in the city. With first-come, first-serve seating and no reservation, it’s not a bad idea to head there early to give you plenty of time to sample their delicious gourmet pizzas. Favorite pies include the Porky Porkorino, which is topped with mozzarella, soppressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey, and the restaurant’s namesake, the White Pie, which sports crème fraîche, mozzarella, garlic, bacon, crimini mushrooms, and a sunny-side-up egg.Runners Up: Hops & Pie, Cart-DriverBest Ramen: Uncle[Via Uncle]This one may not be your best bet for pre-show eats, as Uncle doesn’t take reservations and you can usually expect a wait. But their ramen is some of the best out there. Their menu changes frequently, but the Spicy Chicken Ramen is on another level.Runner Up: Bones Whether or not you prefer the carnivore life, Watercourse’s cauliflower and seitan “wings” are more than comparable to the real deal. Both the buffalo and Korean BBQ sauces are crack, so we recommend getting a mix of both for the full experience. The whole menu consists of elevated, next-level vegetarian and vegan food that qualifies this as one of the best restaurants in Denver, veggie or otherwise. Plus, they serve breakfast all day, every day, which is always a tasty bonus.Runners Up: City o City, Vital RootBest Brunch: Root Down Ophelia’s is just awesome in every possible way. Most nights, they’ve got a killer calendar of live music lined up. The space is located in a former brothel that maintains a swanky, vintage vibe, with dim lighting and provocative artwork lining the walls. Another one from the Cucci empire, everything on the menu is creative and interesting, including an impressive cocktail selection. Go with a crew, order a bunch of stuff, and enjoy the music right from your seat.Best Mexican: Los ChingonesVia Los ChingonesLos Chingones is a colorful, vibrant spot with graffiti-covered walls and a relaxed vibe located on Larimer, making for a great meet-up spot before heading out to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, which is a few blocks away. Good for groups and pre-show margs and tacos, and to top it all off, they’ve got a great rooftop patio situation going on.Best of Boulder: Oak This newest venture from Justin Cucci sits five floors up and offers the best view of the Denver skyline we’ve yet to find. Sit on the patio on a nice evening for sunset cocktails or tapas-style small plates. Drawing flavors and styles from all around the Mediterranean region, Cucci celebrates and reinvents cuisine from Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, and beyond in completely new and unique ways.Best Date Night: Fruition A New-American favorite that’s nice enough to bring your parents to yet laid back enough for some pre-show grub with a group. It’s conveniently located just next to the Boulder Theater. Reservations recommended.Runners Up: Frasca, Salt, LeafBest for Carnivores: Beast + Bottle The brainchild of a New York native, Rosenberg’s actually mimics the water filtration system of NYC to achieve the perfect crispy/chewy ratio. It’s the only place to get a true New York-style bagel in Colorado, and it lives up to the hype.Best Pizza: White Pie Pizzeria We love Root Down for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and would gladly come for all three meals on any given day. But their brunch is one of the best in town. Chef/owner Justin Cucci is a mastermind of farm fresh, innovative, mostly healthy-ish and plant-based dishes that will leave you feeling satisfied without the guilt.Runners Up: Sassafras, Lucille’s Creole CafeBest for Groups: Avanti F&B True to its name, Beast + Bottle’s creative, clever meat dishes parallel an impressive wine selection. Chef/owner Paul C. Reilly is a visionary of farm to table, with a rotating menu to reflect their relationships with local farmers and seasonal availability. If pig heads are your thing, you can call ahead to reserve yours, though there are a number of seafood and veggie dishes for non-meat lovers. They’ve also got one of the best brunches in town.Best Sushi: Sushi DenVia Sushi DenDenver isn’t generally known for having the greatest sushi, but Sushi Den is where it’s at. The restaurant was actually one of the first in the US to buy their fish directly from Japan, and it’s flown in from a Japanese fish market daily, so you could say it’s pretty fresh. Don’t skimp on their daily specials.Runner Up: Izakaya DenBest Coffee: Black Eye Coffee This is a great neighborhood spot located in the up-and-coming LoHi area with quality coffee and tea options and a solid all-day menu for breakfast and light bites.Best Bagels: Rosenberg’s Bagels This quick, casual spot has some of the best deli sandwiches Denver has to offer. The chicken salad is to die for.Best Venue Food: Ophelia’slast_img read more