» 09/09/2013, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Vinh: Church against government media for slandering and manipulating the facts
The diocese takes a clear and tough stance against pro-Communist TV, radio, newspapers and news agencies that published "false" stories and articles to defend violent acts by local officials against residents. Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop calls for 'Sunday prayers' for victims of abuse and the release of the two imprisoned Catholics.
New defamation campaign by Hanoi media against Catholics of Thai Ha
It is feared that this activity is paving the way for new attacks against the faithful. The attitude of the media comes together with acts of intimidation against the lawyer in charge of a lawsuit by parishioners against a newspaper and a television station for false reporting on their trial.
Ruling against eight Thai Ha Catholics to be appealed
Hanoi’s Court of Appeal will hear the request for trial review. Despite the light sentence the defendants want their names cleared. False reports by state media were one of the factors triggering their appeal.
Campaign of intimidation against lawyer representing Thai Ha parishioners continues
Le Tran Luât, legal counsel for people who filed charges against state media for false reporting of their trial, has been detained by police. His office had been raided previously. His Bar Association has threatened to suspend his licence, and an aide has been detained and interrogated.
False priests appear on Hanoi media to discredit Catholics
In the dispute over Thai Ha parish property, state TV and government newspapers introduce party officials as priests. For the diocese these men "were ‘ordained’ by the government."
Beijing: state control over the press is insufficient and will be increased
China's highest censorship office lashes out against the spread of "false news," and publishes new measures for oversight and sanction. Experts: in order to defend the credibility of the Chinese press, greater freedom is needed, not tighter controls.
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