China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2020 China: celebrity blogger gets 4 years in jail for criticizing Communist Party ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expression RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to release celebrity blogger Liu Yanli who was recently sentenced to a four-year prison term for publishing negative comments on Chinese leaders on social media. Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expression News News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Chinese celebrity blogger Liu Yanli, 45, was sentenced on April 24th to four years in prison by the Dongbao District Court in Jingmen city (Hubei province) on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. In its verdict, the court considered that 28 articles posted by the blogger, which commented on Chinese President Xi Jinping, former premier Zhou Enlai and Chairman Mao Zedong, “insulted and attacked the Chinese Communist Party and its leaders”, “spread false information”, “maliciously speculated on hot topics in current affairs” and “created disturbances that damaged public order”.“Freedom of the press is a right enshrined in Article 35 of the Chinese constitution and Liu Yanli should never have been punished for commentating on political issues,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau, who called on Beijing to “immediately free the blogger as well as all detained journalists and commentators in China”.Liu Yanli, a bank clerk turned celebrity writer and blogger, has received two awards related to freedom of expression: Independent Chinese PEN Center’s Lin Zhao Memorial Award in 2018 and Humanitarian China’s Yu Zhijian Memorial Award in 2019.Since 2016, Liu has been detained and released on multiple occasions, including a stay in “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL), an official euphemism for incommunicado detention at one of China’s “black sites” where detainees are deprived from their rights and face the risk of being tortured. China ranks 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.
Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Gary Allen of Cranberry Isles placed first in the men’s 55-59 division of Sunday’s Sugarloaf Marathon.Allen, 58, finished 43rd overall of more than 600 runners with a time of 3:10:21.9. Allen averaged a 7:16-minute mile over the 26.2-mile course.Marathon results for Hancock County finishers are listed below:Women 29 and underThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textKassie Strout, 24, of Trenton, 15th in division and 170th overall (3:39:56.1).Shira Catlin, 22, of Bar Harbor, 18th in division and 191st overall (3:45:52.8).Rebeccah Geib, 26, of Southwest Harbor, 33rd in division and 273rd overall (3:58:54.7).Sabrina Vivian, 22, of Blue Hill, 50th in division and 376th overall (4:16:56.5).Kara Pratt, 22, of Bar Harbor, 75th in division and 516th overall (5:00:32.9).Men 30-34Andrew Kephart, 30, of Ellsworth, fourth in division and 18th overall (3:02:01.2).Jonathan Hogue, 33, of Southwest Harbor, 19th in division and 198th overall (3:46:41.4)Issac Marnik, 32, of Franklin, 39th in division and 559th overall (5:29:58.8).Men 35-39Petr Simecek, 35, of Bar Harbor, 30th in division and 177th overall (3:44:02.0).Women 35-39Rebekah Knowlton, 39, of Deer Isle, 41st in division and 572nd overall (5:49:01.3).Men 40-44Joshua Torrance, 41, of Ellsworth, 19th in division and 180th overall (3:44:43.2).Women 45-49Elizabeth Davis, 45, of Hancock, 27th in division and 560 overall (5:29:58.5).Results from the 15K are listed below:Men 29 and underVance Eldridge, 22, of Orland, 17th in division and 207th overall (1:22:27.3).Women 29 and underLetson Douglass, 25, of Deer Isle, 12th in division and 71st overall (1:11:28.7).Jessica Duma, 23, of Cranberry Isles, 22nd in division and 132nd overall (1:16:55.5).Tawney Jacobs, 25, of Ellsworth, 81st in division and 584th overall (1:58:26.9).Women 30-34Brandi Moore, 30, of Bucksport, 35th in division and 352nd overall (1:30:44.4).Jenny Racicot, 30, of Hancock, 60th in division and 566 overall (1:53:52.9).Men 35-39Matt Ingrisano, 35, of Southwest Harbor, eighth in division and 89th overall (1:13:01.9).Women 35-39Kathy Snow, 39, of Ellsworth, 61st in division and 474th overall (1:39:47.2).Men 40-44Adam O’Neill, 42, of Ellsworth, 25th in division and 474th overall (1:39:06.4).Women 40-44Elissa Haskell, 41, of Stonington, 29th in division and 313th overall (1:27:56.4).Alison King, 40, of Trenton, 55th in division and 496th overall (1:41:09.9).Women 45-49Traci Boddy, 45, of Ellsworth, 30th in division and 356th overall (1:31:33.3).Sarah Gilbert, 47, of Bar Harbor, 37th in division and 455th overall (1:37:35.2).Esther Shinn, 49, of Bucksport, 55th in division and 585th overall (1:57:44.4).Men 50-54Chris Holt, 53, of Ellsworth, second in division and seventh overall (57:58.6).Women 50-54Beverly Hawkins, 53, of Sedwick, 32nd in division and 498th overall (1:41:02.3).Men 55-59Jeff Dalrymple, 59, of Surry, 15th in division and 308th overall (1:27:51.5).Women 55-59Maggie Overton, 56, of Blue Hill, 27th in division and 500th overall (1:41:15.9).Men 70-74Lloyd Harmon, 74, of Ellsworth, second in division and 189th overall (1:20:44.5). Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly reported last year’s marathon results. The post has been updated with the 2015 results. Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016