Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Apparent beheading of Steven Sotloff sees more calls for #IsisMediaBlackout

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Lesotho Coup: Exiled Prime Minister vows to return home after fleeing

Read more

DEBATE

Child Migrants In America: What to do about the wave of unaccompanied minors? (Part Two)

Read more

DEBATE

Child Migrants In America: What to do about the wave of unaccompanied minors?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Abbas Araghchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

FOCUS

When water becomes a weapon of war

Read more

ENCORE!

Eve Ensler: 'In The Body Of The World'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Ed Husain, Author of 'The Islamist'

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2009-11-24

Web users back convicted Chinese web activist

In today's edition, web users are feeling angry about the conviction of a Chinese web activist being condemned, and California students are protesting against increasing fees.

China: web activist convicted

On Monday, Chinese activist, Huang Qi was sentenced to three years in prison. Found guilty of ‘illegal possession of State secrets, he was arrested last year after offering support to parents of children who died during the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008. 


On his website, he denounced acts of corruption by local authorities which he blamed for the poor quality of school buildings-their collapse during the quake brought about the death of 5,000 school children.


And while many net users such as this lawyer spoke out against the verdict…


…the web activist’s wife denounced a parody of justice in this online interview.
‘My husband’s right to defence was flouted. The prosecutor continually interrupted him during the trial. They showed no respect for the court’s procedures’.

Tan Zuoren, another activist, who was also investigating the subject, was judged in August. A hand-full of human rights militants attempted to go at the trial to testify in his favour. But as shown by this video, the authorities did all that was necessary to prevent this.

Meanwhile , the parents of children, who died in the earthquake continue to mobilise. They are supported by many net users, who recently created this documentary- broadcast online.

Angry students in California

Californian students are up in arms. Several thousand of them have been protesting since last week about the 32 % price hike in tuition fees. News widely commented on online.

Many amateur videos have appeared on share sites. Videos in which we see students occupying the campuses of several Universities, to emphasise the importance of affordable education.

The protests turned violent on more than one occasion. Several videos such as these, show clashes between students and police, who were called in to restore peace on the campuses. 



Students, who, like the authors of this list of demands, are ready to lengthen their fight indefinitely if their requests are not accepted. The aim being to prevent the price hike in tuition fees or even to abolish fees altogether in the future.

Meanwhile, this expected rise in tuition fees continues to concern the majority of Californian students. This young man explains that his family will have to tighten their belts once more and that he will have to take out further bank loans to continue his studies.

But for some, such as this blogger, good or bad, the measure is simply necessary. The Universities and the State of California are suffering from a chronic budget deficit and the authorities are now forced to make dramatic spendings cuts; particularly in the field of education.

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-09-02 Social Media

USA: Thousands pay tribute to Michael Brown

In this edition: in the USA, tributes to Michael Brown continue to flood in; the story of a young gay man disowned by his family outrages the net; and New Yorkers head to the...

Read more

2014-09-01 civil war

Ukraine: Web users call for international assistance

In this edition: Ukrainian web users call for international assistance; an anti-rape nail polish stirs up lively debate; and some surfing action along the Indonesian coastline.

Read more

2014-08-30 French politics

France: Fighting political corruption with transparency

In terms of transparency in public life, France has always performed poorly. A law introduced at the end of 2013 is now forcing French parliamentarians to disclose their revenues...

Read more

2014-08-29 Social Media

Using the web to further the cause: ISIS vs USA

In this edition: the mother of an American hostage issues a desperate plea to ISIS; Venezuela set to introduce mandatory fingerprinting in supermarkets; and the faces people make...

Read more

2014-08-28 Social Media

'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

In this edition: the "Ice Bucket Challenge" angers anti-abortion activists; web users in Spain show support for a rape victim; and a tribute to Ghostbusters... in Lego.

Read more