9/13/2009

AP: HK journalists protest abuse of reporters in China









(AP Photos/Kin Cheung)

HK journalists protest abuse of reporters in China

From The Associated Press
By DIKKY SINN (AP) – 4 hours ago

HONG KONG — Hundreds of Hong Kong journalists, lawmakers and residents marched Sunday to protest the alleged police beatings of three reporters covering recent unrest in western China, and demanded a government investigation.

Demonstrators wearing black rallied outside a police station before marching to local offices of China's central government. Organizers and police estimated the crowd at 650 to 700 people.

"This time the authorities are over the line," Mak Yin-ting, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, told the gathering. "They did not only beat reporters, but blamed them for inciting the public disorder."

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"We condemn the cruel treatment in no uncertain terms," said Tom Mitchell, president of The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong.

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NYTimes: Roaming Beijing’s Alleys, Shouting Vendors Sow Echoes of the Past



Itinerant vendors and recyclers work their way through the older streets of Beijing, a tradition cherished by many residents. But city officials are less enamored of such reminders of earlier times.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)



Li Hailun sells grasshoppers in woven enclosures.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)



Another Beijing hawker sells candy from his bicycle.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)



Mr. Li and one of his grasshoppers for sale.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)

Audio Slide Show: As Beijing Modernizes, Street Hawkers Lose Customers
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/09/11/world/asia/20090911-hawkers/index.html

Roaming Beijing’s Alleys, Shouting Vendors Sow Echoes of the Past

From The New York Times
By ANDREW JACOBS
Published: September 12, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/world/asia/13beijing.html

BEIJING — Not long after daybreak, before the city begins its full-throated roar, the shouts and calls can be heard here up and down the old alleyways and deep within the walled courtyards that form the crowded heart of the Chinese capital.

“Goat meat, goat meat!”

“Eggs, rice, eggs, rice!”

“Scrap, household scrap!”

With more emphasis on song than lyric, they are the marketing jingles of itinerant fruit vendors, sellers of roasted duck and stooped men who have mastered the art of resuscitating blunt kitchen knives. Like the familiar whine of cicadas in August, their garbled calls are the soundtrack of the Beijing summer, and many residents look forward to the return of the hawkers’ glutinous rice cakes, mismatched crockery and pet crickets that sing.

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亚洲人能“价值再造”与“价值新造”世界才会尊敬

价值再造与价值新造

来源:新加坡《联合早报》“加减陈词”专栏 2009-09-13
作者:陈迎竹(作者即将出任本报上海特派员,本栏暂告一段落)

http://www.zaobao.com/yl/yl090913_003.shtml

“‘价值再造’与‘价值新造’,才能让不只西方人,而是全世界都对亚洲人投以尊敬的目光。”

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且不论西方有多少人会认为他们的体制或文化已经救不了自己的问题,至少在可见的将来,中国、印度、日本和东南亚,都还是会以西方的体制作为主要的发展方向。最主要当然是因为到现在为止,并没有一套证明可以持续并能满足越来越富裕与聪明的人民的体制——无论是政治的或者经济的。

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但是一个国家民族要产生比较深刻的世界影响力,却不是在个别制度,而是要有更完整的文化论述和精神塑造。

“13亿人吃得饱是最大的人权”、“维护某一种族的特权才能维持社会和谐”、“不是民选的传播媒介没有资格质疑民选的政府”……,这些论述都有政治家各自的考虑,但能有多长的寿命?能不能有效被应用到其他地方?更重要的是,论述本身能有多大说服力?这都需要更多更严密的逻辑补充,才能对广大的网络时代人民具有更大的说服力。如果做得到,论述或许就能沉淀成为一种价值体系;如果说服力经不起时间的考验和多方面的质问,它能修正吗?往哪个方向修正?

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让传统价值适应并在现代社会发挥影响力的“价值再造”,以及打造有普及意义的新价值的“价值新造”活动,对崛起中的国家或区域来说,会比炫耀财富之余却不能开展宏大的格局,更能让不只西方人,而是全世界都投以尊敬的目光。