News March 12, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber Censorship Figures RSF_en February 14, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media told to censor RWB’s world press freedom index News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific As soon as Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index this week, the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department issued a directive banning its publication and dissemination.“Although this measure is not surprising, coming as it does from one of the countries that control news and information the most, we firmly condemn this act of censorship,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk.“It is a perfect example of the Chinese government’s policy of gagging the media and justifies China’s position in the latest index, 175th out of 180 countries, a fall of two places from its position last year. We urge the authorities to withdraw this directive.”Issued by the State Council Information Office, the directive orders all media to suppress any article referring to the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and to China’s ranking in the bottom 10.State Council Information Office: All websites are kindly asked to delete the article “180 Countries Ranked in 2013 Press Freedom Index; China at 175th” and related content. 国新办：请各地各网站检查删除“2013年度180个国家新闻自由度排名 中国位列第175”一文有关内容。Such directives from the Communist Party’s censorship agencies are common and allow the authorities to keep news and information under close control. The varied range of censored subjects include human rights, corruption, the situation in the troubled far-west province of Xinjiang and environmental issues.In April 2013, the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued a directive to the Chinese media containing a blanket ban on using any unauthorized information from foreign media and websites.The new press freedom index, in which China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries, is available here.
Print Email Limerick hutler Will O’Donoghue taking part in last year’s Christmas sleep-out for Novas.IN normal years, the Novas’ fundraising programme of activities concludes with an annual sleep-out on the last Friday before Christmas.However, there is nothing normal about 2020 and instead of a large community event, this year the local homeless charity is asking people to ‘sleep-in’ in their own homes and help raise vital funds for frontline homeless services.For the last five years, Novas has hosted the pre-Christmas sleep-out outside Brown Thomas, which has raised thousands of euros for its Limerick services.Last year, backed by Limerick hurler Will O’Donoghue, Clare hurler and footballer Podge Collins and the Tipperary hurling panel, the organisation ran three simultaneous events in Limerick, Ennis and Thurles and raised more than €64,000.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Novas’ Head of Policy and Communications, Dr Una Burns explained that the sleep-out is normally the biggest single fundraising event of the year and the money raised helps their frontline services such as Street Outreach, emergency accommodation and family support.“About 50 per cent of all monies raised through fundraising and donations in the year, is made in the six -week period in the run up to Christmas. This is largely through community and public events, all of which have had to be paused during the pandemic,” Dr Burns told the Limerick Post.In an effort to continue the fundraising spirit of Christmas, Novas are asking people to participate in their sleep-in this year.”Safety is the first priority but there are still plenty of ways to get involved. People can build a fort in their living room with the kids, pitch a tent in their garden, sleep on their balcony or participate with colleagues in the car park or their workplace. Being a virtual event, people can basically participate from anywhere and for the first time, they can get the kids involved.”To help Novas raise vital funds visit https://novas.ie/novas-annual-christmas-sleep-in/ Facebook Twitter Advertisement Previous articleLIT launches course on domestic abuse and coercive controlNext article#Fundraising: Santa paws is coming to town Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp NewsSociety#Fundraising” Novas holding a Christmas ‘sleep-in’ to replace their ‘sleep-out’ By Alan Jacques – December 4, 2020 122 Linkedin
Source: Chunk of DevonVegan Ploughman’s Pasty – Chunk of Devon Chunk of Devon is launching a Vegan Ploughman’s Pasty later this month.The savoury item is encased in a fake bacon, vegan cheese, apple and Branston’s pickle and said to “pack the same punch” as the bakery’s shortcrust Ploughman’s Pasty, which is also making a return this summer.“With the picnic season upon us and the promise of a staycation summer ahead, we were inspired to combine two classic English dishes to create our delectable new Ploughman’s Pasty range,” Simon Bryon-Edmund, Chunk of Devon director, said. Source: PukkaSausage, Leek & Cider Pie – PukkaHot pie brand Pukka has partnered with Westons Cider to create a limited-edition Sausage, Leek & Cider pie.Available now, the savoury snack is made with 144 layers of puff pastry, slices of pork sausage, diced leeks and apples and golden Stowford Press Cider gravy. The pie, which is on sale in Morrisons (rsp: £1.89/213g) is being sold in a summer-themed box illustrated with bunting and a pint of cider. The move follows a successful collaboration between Pukka and Marston’s last year.“Since adding Pedigree into our Steak & Ale recipe last year, retail sales have increased by 32% and we expect our tasty Sausage, Leek & Cider pie to be just as successful,” Rachel Cranston, head of marketing and innovation at Pukka, said. “We’re particularly confident because in our independently commissioned consumer research into how shoppers feel about certain flavour profiles, Sausage, Leek & Cider performed strongly – especially with our younger pie fans.” Source: GinstersPukka and Ginsters have collaborated with alcohol brands to create tipple-infused savouries.But they’re not the only bakery brands getting into the spirit ahead of the summer.A host of bakery NPD from snacks to biscuits has hit shelves in a bid to perk up picnic baskets.We select some of the hot picks below. Source: GinstersSmoky Steak & Guinness Slice – Ginsters Ginsters has also collaborated with an alcohol giant to pep up its savoury slices. The pasty maker has joined forces with Guinness to launch a Ginsters Smoky Steak & Guinness Slice.Developed by the brand’s Cornish-born head chef Chris Eden, the recipe contains 100% British farmed beef with potato, carrot, onion, swede, leek, chestnut mushrooms, black treacle, garlic and a measure of Guinness. The filling is said to be brought together with a rich smoked salt infused gravy and wrapped in Ginsters’ hallmark 80-layer puff pastry. The slice is available nationwide (rsp: £1.80).“We’re all looking for more excitement at the moment and lunch has become even more important in our day,” said Sam Mitchell, Ginsters’ managing director. “We know consumers are up for trying new things and looking for recipes with a difference. It’s our job to keep the category fresh and bring flavour-driven innovations to the aisle for shoppers.” Source: Burton’s Biscuit CoHazelnutter – Burton’s Biscuit CoBurton’s Biscuit Co will be adding a hazelnut variant to its three-strong Maryland Kookie Crew range this month.The Hazelnutter, which has the strapline ‘Mine All Mine’, is described as a ‘perfect combination of roasted hazelnuts, chocolate dough and loads of chocolate chips’. The NPD joins the existing It’s Mint To Be and Jaffanator flavours.The new cookies will launch in Asda on March 24 and Tesco on April 22.“Packed with personality, the Kookie Crew range celebrates the fact that Maryland is synonymous with kookiness, different to any other biscuit and providing consumers with an opportunity to enjoy imaginative new flavour and texture combinations,” said Kate Needham, Burton’s Biscuit Co’s marketing director. Source: Pep & LekkerSeed Snacks – Pep & LekkerPep & Lekker’s five-strong Seed Snacks range has undergone a recipe revamp.The products, which sit between a cracker and savoury biscuit, have a ‘crunchier format’ and now contain olive oil instead of sunflower oil, as well as fewer chia seeds. Date syrup has also been added to two of the sweet offerings.The products are available in five flavours: Rosemary & Hemp Seed, Cumin & Linseed, Fennel & Chia Seed, Apple & Cinnamon and Cacao & Coconut (rsp: £1.90).“During Lockdown we were fortunate enough to procure honest, meaningful feedback from a handful of ‘leading light’ retailers impatient for us to take the next big step,” co-founder Susan Gafsen said. “The broad consensus was that whilst our gluten-free treats showcased seeds in a bold, versatile snacking light, our well-intentioned quest to tick every imaginable wellbeing tick box had unwittingly dented our mainstream appeal.”