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China Scholar Xu to Sue to Clear Name in Soliciting Prostitute Charges

Outspoken Chinese professor Xu Zhangrun (L), who was fired from Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University with (L-R) attorneys Shang Baojun, Mo Shaoping and former human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang-Photo Courtesy: Xu Zhangrun Via RFA

Former Tsinghua University Law School professor Xu Zhangrun – who was expelled from his teaching position for allegedly soliciting a prostitute – has for the first time appeared in public to deny the criminal charge and initiated legal action to clear his name, his friends and supporters told RFA.

After Xu completed his home quarantine, on Tuesday, he formally retained attorneys Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun as his lawyers, they said

According to sources close the professor, Xu completely denies the police allegation against him of soliciting a prostitute – a charge that emerged after Xu had published a series of articles and open letters critical of the ruling Chinese Communist Party and its supreme leader Xi Jinping.

“Professor Xu has publicly denied the allegation of soliciting a prostitute. This is sheer fiction, nothing but a frame job. And he never admitted to soliciting a prostitute when he was interrogated by the authorities,” said the friend, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the case.

In December 2019, Xu and other prominent legal scholars went to the Sichuan Province capital of Chengdu for a brainstorming meeting,

Xu was questioned by the Beijing Domestic Security Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, the Beijing Municipal police, and the Chengdu Municipal police.

Simultaneously the Qingyang District branch of the Chengdu Public Security Bureau – which is said to be handling the case – announced on its official Weibo social media page in June that it had cracked a case of organized prostitution, and the police imposed administrative penalties on several people involved.

They then issued an “Administrative Penalty Decision” against Xu.

Authorities in Beijing detained Xu on the morning of July 6 after he called online for political reforms, on allegations of “seeking out prostitutes.”

He was released a week later, but later told the media that he had been fired from his teaching post and subjected to public sanctions for “moral corruption” by Tsinghua University’s law school.

Administrative redress sought

His attorneys will file a request for administrative redress or a lawsuit against the police in accord with his wishes, his friend said.

“Take as an example the Qingyang District branch of the Chengdu Public Security Bureau. If I am dissatisfied with their administrative punishment decision, I can request administrative redress from a higher-level public security agency such as the Chengdu Public Security Bureau,” said another source familiar with the case.

“If the Chengdu Public Security Bureau conducts administrative redress with no facts or legal basis, an administrative lawsuit can be filed with the court demanding revocation of the administrative penalty decision

“If through deliberation the administrative penalty decision is revoked, according to Chinese law, the police will definitely have to apologize and compensate him,” the source said.

The authorities have so far failed to produce any evidence of Xu Zhangrun’s suspected involvement in soliciting a prostitute, including mobile phone records, hotel surveillance tapes and transfer records, the source said.

“For the police to successfully prosecute soliciting of a prostitute, they must produce solid evidence. But the public security organs produced no evidence, for example any video,” the source said.

Former human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang participated in the meeting between Xu and the lawyers.

“This is a matter of justice. I am very inspired by Xu’s personality. I admire him very much. I also believe that what he said is true. It is just a question of how the legal process unfolds. This could be a problem,” said Pu.

It is understood that Tsinghua University decided to expel him as early as when he was detained, and dispatched an official to the detention center to read out his expulsion notice.

‘Burden of proof is on the police’

The wording was more severe than in the public announcement, including accusing him of writing articles attacking the Communist Party and the nation, both serious crimes.

After the detention period expired, the police refused to allow Xu to take with him the notice of administrative punishment – a possible violation of legal procedures.

“Professor Xu does not have to prove he did not commit this crime; The police have to prove that he did. The burden of proof is on the police,” said Pu.

“When the punishment decision was made, the legal process should have detailed the facts of the illegal acts,” he added.

A fellow Tsinghua University scholar, who declined to be named in order to discuss Xu’s case, described his retention of lawyers as a last-ditch counterattack against the authorities.

Although the Chinese legal system is of limited utility in protecting defendants’ rights, Chinese intellectuals’ use of the legal space to defend their dignity is seen by Xu’s supporters as more important than the result of the case, the colleague said.

Since party general secretary Xi began an indefinite second term in office in March 2018, his administration has stepped up a purge of liberal intellectuals from higher education institutions.

Friends said at the time of Xu’s detention that it could be linked to the publication of one of his books in New York last month, a collection of some of his most controversial essays and articles.

In a 10,000-word essay dated May 21, 2020, Xu described China as isolated from “global civilization,” which would de-Sinicize in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reported by Gao Feng for RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and written in English by Scott Savitt.

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India News Brief

15 August 2020

COVID-19 Cases: 2,461,190 Death Toll: 48,040

COVID-19 At a Glance 

The new guidelines issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on 30 June: Schools, colleges, educational institutions, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, and even metro services will continue to remain shut until further notice.

COVID-19: Highlights 

Religious Places Visit: No Touching of Deity, No no Sparkling of Holy Water No Prasada in Temples Wearing Mask Thermal Screening is a must 

Shopping Malls Visit: Elderly People With 65 Years of Age and Children Below 10 Years Are Advised to Stay at Home.

Restaurant and food courts in malls to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity with a mandatory distance of six feet between tables. No common prayer mats, physical offerings like prasad, or sprinkling of holy water, in places of worship. Age and health-based restrictions on stepping out of home. Masks to be mandatory, and the Aarogya Setu app 'recommended' for all.

Use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the guidelines  require people above 65 years of age, specially  people with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home. Masks are mandatory at all times, including inside restaurants

Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Indian Health Ministry 

  • International air travel, Metro rail services not allowed 

Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations will not allowed..

According to MHA guidelines, in Phase II, schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and Union Territories.

There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movement

But  states have the freedom to decide on public movement.

How to identify Fake News or Messeges on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they are developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

For any further information relating to fake news and how-to search authentic informations from the internet write to us info@crimeandmoreworld.com or Whats App:+919073399779

COVID-19 Related Conspiracy Theories:
https://fsi.stanford.edu/news/china-covid19

 

 

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