Ahead of Hanoi visit, Hillary Clinton urged to raise cases of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents

first_imgNews October 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ahead of Hanoi visit, Hillary Clinton urged to raise cases of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents VietnamAsia – Pacific Organisation News News Follow the news on Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders has written to U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton in advance of her visit to Hanoi on 30 October urging the United States to press the Vietnamese authorities to release imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents and suggesting that it should raise the cases of Le Cong Dinh, Nguyen Tien Trung and Pham Minh Hoang in particular.Le Cong Dinh, a cyber-dissident and well-known lawyer, was sentenced to five years in prison on January 20. Nguyen Tien Trung, a blogger and pro-democracy activist, is serving a seven-year jail sentence. Their jail terms are to be followed by three years of house arrest. Both were convicted of endangering national security and “organizing campaigns in collusion with foreign-based reactionary groups aimed at overthrowing the people’s government with the Internet’s help.”Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger (www.pkquoc.multiply.com) with French and Vietnamese dual citizenship, was formally charged on 29 September after six weeks in detention, during which his family was without any news of him. He is also accused of activities aimed at overthrowing the government. His wife says the real reason for his arrest was his opposition to bauxite mining by a Chinese company in Vietnam’s central highlands and its impact on the environment. Other journalists and bloggers who have tried to cover this subject, such as Bui Thanh Hieu, have also been arrested.The human rights situation is getting worse in the run-up to the Communist Party congress scheduled for early next year. Vietnam nonetheless agreed to reconcile economic development with respect for its citizens’ fundamental rights when it was admitted to the World Trade Organization in 2006.The government has been reinforcing its control over the media and Internet since last year and there has been an increase in cyber-attacks on websites critical of the government. In her historic speech last January, Clinton very clearly affirmed U.S. support for online freedom of speech and opinion, saying the United States had a duty to defend this tool of economic and social development. Reporters Without Borders urges her to defend these principles now in her contacts with Vietnam, the world’s second-largest prison for netizens with a total of 16 cyber-dissidents and three journalists detained. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts VietnamAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 22, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Related documents Open letter to the american secretary of state Hillary ClintonPDF – 124.57 KB April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Two Knight Ridder journalists kidnapped for several hours in Gaza

first_img Follow the news on Palestine RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the kidnapping of two journalists working for the US news syndication service Knight Ridder on 12 October in Khan Younes, in the south of the Gaza Strip, and reiterated its appeal to the Palestinian authorities to ensure the safety of news media employees working there.US reporter Dion Nissenbaum and British photographer Adam Pletts were released after being held for several hours by a group of gunmen.“We urge the Palestinian authorities to react quickly in order to clarify the circumstances of this abduction,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We have alerted the president of the Palestinian Authority several times about the deteriorating security situation and the climate of violence prevailing there. It is now essential that effective measures are taken to guarantee the lives and safety of journalists on the ground.”According to the two Knight Ridder journalists’ Palestinian interpreter, Ziad Abu Mustafa, their vehicle was followed for several minutes by gunmen in a car who finally forced them to stop. Six gunmen got out and said they wanted the “foreigners.” The two journalists were released a few hours later and are now being protected by the Palestinian security services.Mohammed Ouathi, a soundman with the French TV station France 3, was kidnapped in Gaza on 15 August and was freed 10 days later. Lorenzo Cremonesi, an Italian journalist with the Corriere della Sera daily newspaper, was kidnapped on 10 September and was released after a few hours. The motives for these abductions have still not been explained. RSF_en to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa June 3, 2021 Find out more October 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Knight Ridder journalists kidnapped for several hours in Gaza May 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alerts News Organisation Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalistslast_img read more

Northwest MEP vows to fight tractor NCT plans

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Previous articleBusy summer for RNLI lifeboats in DonegalNext articlePARC welcomes progress on ‘L’ driver penalty points campaign News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A North West MEP says he will strongly resist proposed changes to legislation that could lead to tractors requiring an NCT.The EU plans to force farmers, who own tractors capable of doing speeds of more than 40km/h to do a Vehicle Test in the same way that Trucks are presently tested.MEP Jim Higgins says statistically tractors are safe snd making them subject an NCT test will mean increased costs and paperwork for farmers:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/higgsNCT530.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – September 19, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Northwest MEP vows to fight tractor NCT plans Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter News WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

NDPS Trial Is Not Vitiated Merely Because Ownership Of Vehicle From Which Contraband Was Seized Is Not Established: SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesNDPS Trial Is Not Vitiated Merely Because Ownership Of Vehicle From Which Contraband Was Seized Is Not Established: SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 Sep 2020 3:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has observed that, to prove the case under the NDPS Act, the ownership of the vehicle from which the contraband is seized is not required to be established. What is required to be established and proved is the recovery of the contraband articles and the commission of an offence under the NDPS Act, the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah and R….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has observed that, to prove the case under the NDPS Act, the ownership of the vehicle from which the contraband is seized is not required to be established. What is required to be established and proved is the recovery of the contraband articles and the commission of an offence under the NDPS Act, the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah and R. Subhash Reddy said. The Court also reiterated that examination of independent witnesses is not an indispensable requirement and such non examination is not necessarily fatal to the prosecution case. The Court was considering the appeal filed by one Rizwan Khan who was convicted under Section 20(b)(ii)(B) of Narcotic Drugs &  Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 by the Special Court (The Chhattisgarh High Court dismissed his appeal). Regarding the contention that the accused has been convicted on the sole testimony of the police officers, the bench said that there is no law that the evidence of police officials, unless supported by independent evidence, is to be discarded and/or unworthy of acceptance. It said: It is settled law that the testimony of the official witnesses cannot be rejected on the ground of non corroboration by an independent witness. As observed and held by this Court in catena of decisions, examination of independent witnesses is not an indispensable requirement and such non examination is not necessarily fatal to the prosecution case. Referring to observations made in Surinder Kumar v. State of Punjab, (2020) 2 SCC 563 , the Court observed: Applying the law laid down by this Court on the evidence of police officials/police witnesses to the facts of the case in hand, referred to hereinabove, we are of the opinion as the police witnesses are found to be reliable and trustworthy, no error has been committed by both the courts below in convicting the accused relying upon the deposition of the police officials Ownership of the vehicle is immaterial.Another contention raised by the accused was that the ownership of the motorcycle (vehicle) has not been established. Rejecting the said contention, the bench observed: To prove the case under the NDPS Act, the ownership of the vehicle is not required to be established and proved. It is enough to establish and prove that the contraband articles were found from the accused from the vehicle purchased by the accused. Ownership of the vehicle is immaterial. What is required to be established and proved is the recovery of the contraband articles and the commission of an offence under the NDPS Act? Therefore, merely because of the ownership of the vehicle is not established and proved and/or the vehicle is not recovered subsequently, trial is not vitiated, while the prosecution has been successful in proving and establishing the recovery of the contraband articles from the accused on the spot.Yet another contention based on Mohanlal judgment was not pressed by the counsel since it was overruled by the Constitution Bench in Mukesh Singh case. The Court noted that, the said issue does not arise in this case, as both the complainant and the investigating officer were differentCase name: Rizwan Khan vs. State of ChhattisgarhCase no.: CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 580 OF 2020 Coram: Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah and R. Subhash ReddyClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Bombay High Court To Pronounce Verdict In Kangana Ranaut’s Plea Against BMC’s Demolition Of Her Bungalow On Nov 27

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay High Court To Pronounce Verdict In Kangana Ranaut’s Plea Against BMC’s Demolition Of Her Bungalow On Nov 27 Nitish Kashyap23 Nov 2020 7:55 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court will pronounce its verdict in actor Kangana Ranaut’s petition challenging Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s demolition of parts of her bungalow turned office at Pali Hill, seeking a compensation of Rs. 2 crores for the said action on November 27.Division bench of SJ Kathawalla and Justice RI Chagla heard the matter at length over several days and reserved the verdict…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court will pronounce its verdict in actor Kangana Ranaut’s petition challenging Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s demolition of parts of her bungalow turned office at Pali Hill, seeking a compensation of Rs. 2 crores for the said action on November 27.Division bench of SJ Kathawalla and Justice RI Chagla heard the matter at length over several days and reserved the verdict last month on October 5. On September 9, the civic body started the demolition of the actor’s bungalow citing illegal alterations allegedly made by the actor while turning her bungalow into an office space, these alterations were done without requisite permission from the municipal corporation as per the municipal building laws, BMC had alleged.While Kangana’s counsel Senior Advocate Dr.Birendra Saraf who appeared along with Advocate Rizwan Siddique, had argued that BMC’s action was a vindictive response to the various critical remarks made by her against the ruling dispensation in Maharashtra. Refuting BMC’s claims, Dr.Saraf submitted that the alterations were done with all necessary approvals. He further argued that the BMC officials flouted procedural laws while carrying out the demolition without preparing the necessary sketch report, panchnama, and affixing photographs.Kangana had also added Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut as a party in the case, alleging personal mala-fides against him. She stated in her petition that the demolition followed after Raut said that Ranaut needed to be “taught a lesson”.On the other hand, BMC’s lawyer, Senior Advocate Aspi Chinoy, submitted that the building had substantive structural alterations which were carried out unauthorizedly. In response to the notice sent by the BMC, the actor did not offer any explanation other than making a bland denial that no work was going on, when there was clear evidence of unauthorized works progressing with the presence of workers and work materials. In view of such a bland denial without any further explanation, Section 354A of the BMC Act was attracted, which empowers the officials to act within a period of 24 hours of the notice. Chinoy submitted.On the day of the demolition, an urgent plea was moved by the actor’s lawyer Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee and the High Court stayed the demolition, as it was progressing. Justice Kathawalla had then expressed displeasure at the action of the Corporation and observed that it prima facie “smacks of mala fide”.Next Storylast_img read more

Volunteers help dog make 2,000-mile trek back home

first_imgDarrah Bull Bully Rescue(PHOENIX) — One lucky dog who wound up on the other side of the country was returned to his rightful home thanks to a group of 20 volunteers.Jake, a 7-year-old Coonhound, first went missing from his home in Phoenix, Arizona, last year. In April Jake was found wandering the streets of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, by Adam Herbaugh, who was out walking his own two dogs. Herbaugh took Jake to Companion Animal Hospital where the veterinarian scanned for a microchip and called the registered owners more than 2,000 miles away. Jake appeared to be in good health when the vet examined him and it is unclear how the dog got from Arizona to Pennsylvania.The dog’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, was shocked and delighted to receive the good news, but could not make the cross-country trip to bring Jake home. So a local dog rescue group decided to help.Ranae Metz, president of A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, told ABC News that the owners reached out via Facebook to explain the situation, asking for assistance in getting the hound home safe and sound.“My sister, Heather Shaw, is a transport coordinator [for Darrah Bull Bully Rescue]. She used Facebook groups which consist of transport volunteers to coordinate Jake’s trip home,” Metz said.The group wrote posts on Facebook and requested “qualified volunteers” who could each tackle a different leg of the journey from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Once the eager volunteers were in place, the three-day trip kicked off on May 18 and ended on May 21.“Transports are generally done on Saturdays or Sundays when volunteers are more readily available,” Metz explained, adding that his team facilitates moves of animals from high-kill shelters up and down the East Coast on a weekly basis.The entire transport took 20 volunteers, 30 stops in nine states and three volunteers who were willing to keep Jake overnight during the trip, according to Metz.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Letters

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This months lettersLet’s honour OH’s heroesRegarding your news article and comments on occupational health nurses andMBE Honours (OH, February). I was unable to contribute last month, due to timeconstraints, but on being posed the question “who would I nominate” Iwas stimulated to think more widely about occupational health’s heroes. Professionals like Cynthia Atwell, Carol Cholerton and Jean Raper were citedas deserving honours for contributions to occupational health. I do agree, butwhy not widen the debate and challenge our practitioner colleagues to nominatetheir OH champions? While ours is a small sector, we have made great strides to raise ourprofile and push workplace health high up the government agenda. There are many unsung champions in the profession. The time has come torecognise and acknowledge them. Alongside those already mentioned we will havesome nominees for next year’s list, or perhaps create some form of recognitionwithin the profession? Gail Cotton, President, Association of OH Nurse Practitioners (UK) Alternative form of therapyI read with interest your article on the traditional Chinese method ofacupuncture (OH December). As you are no doubt aware, Western acupuncture,which developed in Europe in the early 1970s and has become popular in thedecades since, is based on entirely different principles. Modern Westernmedical acupuncture was not mentioned in the article. The British MedicalAcupuncture Society promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy by suitabletrained practitioners after orthodox medical diagnosis. The therapy is based on modern scientific principles rather a traditionaltheory. It is recognised that some of our members use a traditional diagnosticassessment, but this is as an adjunct rather than an alternative to theorthodox medical approach. That is not to diminish the value of traditionalChinese acupuncture, but it is not based on modern scientific teaching andtraining. As the article states, it is difficult to identify the lead body in thisfield, but it would be misleading not to mention the BMAS and the modern formof Western acupuncture that we promote and commend to both employers and thepublic. One of the society’s principle aims is to offer safe acupuncture for all,and to that end we have a system of accreditation which requires members toundertake a minimum of 100 hours training in order to qualify. Julian C PriceChief executive, British Medical Acupuncture Society LettersOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

League Leading SLCC Ends Badgers’ Five-Game Win Streak

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-League leading and nationally ranked Salt Lake C.C. ended the Snow College men’s basketball team’s five-game win streak on Thursday, defeating the Badgers, 77-76, in a game that came down to the final buzzer.Freshman Nate Duckworth drove the middle of the lane and hit a five-foot, one-handed floater with 13.8 seconds remaining in the game to give the Badgers a 76-75 lead. Duckworth was fouled on the play, but missed the and-one attempt that would have given Snow College a two-point lead. The Bruins grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw and ran the court to score a layup with 7.3 seconds remaining. Now trailing, 77-76, the Badgers advanced the ball past half court then called a timeout to set up the final play with 4.9 seconds remaining. Darrian Nebeker took the inbounds pass, drove the lane and looked to pass to Brayden Johnson, but the pass sailed out of bounds, ending the Badgers’ hopes of an upset of the eighth-ranked team in the nation.“We learned that we can play with these guys,” Snow College head coach Rob Nielson said. “Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to see them one more time next week at the conference tournament. We have a lot of work ahead of us before that, but our kids are confident and we learned a lot of things tonight. We know we can battle with them.”Brantzen Blackner hit a three-pointer with 12:47 remaining in the game to give Snow a 64-54 lead; however, the Bruins went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to trim the Badger lead to 64-62.“We had a 10-point lead there in the second half and didn’t do a good job defensively,” Nielson said. “We needed our defense to step up and help build on that lead, but we weren’t able to do that.”A total of five Badgers scored in double figures against the Bruins, led by Blackner who was credited with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Blackner hit a team-leading five three-pointers in the game. Nebeker and Tredym Christensen were each credited with 14 points each, Duckworth added 12 points, and Trey Farrer chalked up 10 points, along with six rebounds. Farrer also found himself in foul trouble and picked up his fifth foul late in the second half.The Badgers will close out the regular season on Saturday at Colorado Northwestern, and will then prepare to take on the No. 3 seed Southern Idaho on Friday, February 28 in the first round of the Scenic West Athletic Conference Tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho. February 23, 2020 /Sports News – Local League Leading SLCC Ends Badgers’ Five-Game Win Streak Brad James Tags: Snow Men’s basketballlast_img read more

Department of Applied Data Science Lecturer Pool

first_imgA Ph.D. or Master’s degree with at least 5 years of significantand relevant professional experience in a STEM field isrequired.Knowledge of the subject matter of the discipline in DataScience and Analytics.Evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academicwork.Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivityto the educational goals of a multicultural population as mighthave been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching andother comparable experience. CVCover LetterStatement of Expertise, including professional experience,courses you are qualified to teachList of References Conditional AppointmentPlease be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget andenrollment considerations and subject to order of assignmentprovisions in the collective bargaining agreement betweenCalifornia State University and California Faculty Association.These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in whichavailable courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenureline faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.Salary Range – Commensurate with experience.Application ProcedureThis is a continuing open position. Click Apply Now to complete theSJSU Online Employment Application and attach the followingdocuments: Department SummaryThe Department of Applied Data Science offers academic programs toaddress emerging workforce demands of the interdisciplinary talentsdesigning and deploying intelligent solutions to real-world datachallenges. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding andknowledge of the principles, methodologies and technologies of datascience. Silicon Valley is known for its leadership in the big dataeconomy and its demand for talent in response to the exponentialgrowth of data. The department continuously seeks guidance fromleading data professionals and companies to ensure that thecurriculum is relevant for growing the talent needed in SiliconValley.Local data professionals regularly interact with our studentsthrough teaching classes, speaking at seminars, sponsoringinternships, and supervising capstone projects. Faculty membersactively engage with industry partners and sponsors to assess ourcurricula and update learning objectives in order to provide themost up-to-date skills for supporting innovations from thisregion.The department is an academic hub, in partnership with other SJSUdepartments and industry partners, for promoting education andresearch in applied data science. In order to address the immensedemand for data science professionals, the department launched anMS in Data Analytics program in August 2018. This programprovides students with the advanced education necessary to drawinsights from real data and apply analytical skills to solvepractical problems. Currently, 200 students are enrolled in theprogram, with continued plans for future growth.More information about the Department of Applied Data Science atSan José State University can be found here . More information about MS in DataAnalytics program can be found here .Brief Description of DutiesLecturers are expected to teach their courses effectively; tomaintain appropriate office hours in accordance with UniversityPolicy; and to cooperate with the department in the peer-reviewprocess. Lecturers are strongly encouraged to seek guidance fromDepartment Chair for clarification of University policies anddepartment practices with respect to grading, testing, textbooks,office hours, curriculum goals, disability accommodations, academicintegrity, etc.All Faculty should be organizing their classes within the CanvasLearning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for theSJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must beanchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-studentconnection in a common space as all students are directed to log into Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have accessto this system prior to the semester start date.Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understandingthe needs of a student population of great diversity – in age,cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academicpreparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement.Required Qualifications The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: October 07, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific DaylightTimeApplications close:last_img read more

Lib Dem MEP deems Polish Soc disinvitation “censorship on campus”

first_imgBearder was set todebate prominent Brexiter MP Daniel Kawczynski on the impacts of Brexit on Europeancountries, but was disinvited from the event after a tweet of hers garnered “negativeattention”, according to an email chain seen by Cherwell.   “In organising the conference, we are doing our utmost to ensure that the conditions for free debate are ensured and that a range of views are duly represented. We therefore invited Mr Stefan Kasprzyk, a Liberal Democrat and a vocal supporter of the Remain campaign, to represent views that are opposed to Mr Kawczynski’s. “However, I’d like to make it clear that the debate will bemainly about the effects of Brexit on European (and, of course,especially Polish) relations; and less so on the domestic side ofthings. We are looking forward to a high-quality debate with compellingarguments. We are very excited to be hosting both Catherine and Daniel,and as it is a student conference aimed at networking, we would like it to runin a friendly, positive atmosphere.” Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder will be writing to the Vice-Chancellor to protest her ‘disinvitation’ from the Congress of Polish Student Societies, which is being hosted by Oxford University Polish Society this weekend. Oxford University Polish Society told Cherwell: “We decided to change one of guest speakers – Mrs Catherine Bearder – collectively, as the Conference’s organising committee. An online exchange, primarily concerned with issues irrelevant to the Polish student community in the UK, caused concerns that the panel debate would be overshadowed by issues specific to internal British political controversies, however topical. “We therefore consider the charges to be unfounded. While we regret Mrs Catherine Bearder tweeted a private e-mail exchange with a member of our team, we would like to apologise to her for the manner in which we communicated the change of arrangements to her, and any upset or embarrassment caused. The Congress organisers consider the matter closed.” The Congress takesplace annually and attracts students from 30 university Polish societiesnationwide. “We strongly deny the charges of stifling free speech, let alone censorship. We are deeply committed to free speech and consider it to be an important part of our identity as a student body. The Congress organisers had raised Bearder’s Twitter activity as a cause of concern prior to her invitation. center_img Bearder originally tweeted: “”I’m debating Daniel Kawczynski MP in Oxford this Saturday in front of Polish university students studying in the UK. When I say debating, I mean trying to put the little unicorns Daniel lets free every now and then back in their stables.” In anemail to Bearder they wrote: “Yesterday we’ve been asked about the tweets Catherine postedabout the debate. We appreciate that Catherine feels strongly about people whoadvocate for Brexit and this is the reason why we invited her to take partin the debate. They said: “In my opinion, this has got Daniel Kawczynski MP written all over it. He and his lobbyist friend Marek Matraszek from CEC Government Relations who helps organise the Congress share pro-Brexit views together on Twitter regularly. A spokesperson forBearder told Cherwell that the disinvitationwas “most unusual and rare, even by the times we live in.” President of the OxfordLib Dems told Cherwell: “Having beenalerted to the fact that Catherine Bearder MEP was uninvited to debate DanielKawczynski MP amidst allegations that she had pulled out when this was not thecase, we are concerned that that the Congress of Polish Student Societies hasseemed to cause a great deal of confusion close to the event resulting inattendees being unable to access out on a pro-Remain counter to Daniel’s views,which are crucial in a debate about the effects of Brexit regardless of whatone’s views are. We hope the Congress soon clarifies why this occurs.” “They clearly weren’t prepared to face Catherine and be challenged on their views. It’s shocking and looks like censorship on campus.” Daniel Kawczynski MP has been contacted for comment.last_img read more