Posts Tagged ‘Washington (state)’

China editor resigns over media censorship

(Media Release) A top journalist at a Chinese newspaper says he is resigning because of the authorities’ control over the media. Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line. He also uploaded a message wishing those responsible for censoring his […]

Twitter warns of government ‘hacking’

(Media Release) Twitter has sent warnings to a number of users that their accounts may have been hacked by “state-sponsored actors”. It is the first time that the social media company has issued such a warning. Twitter emailed users to say that the hackers may have sought their email or IP addresses, or phone numbers, […]

China pollution: Beijing issues first red smog alert

(Media Release) Schools in Beijing are to close and outdoor construction to stop after the Chinese capital issued its first “red alert” over smog levels. The red alert is the highest possible, and has not been used in the city before, the state-run Xinhua news agency says. Authorities expect more than three consecutive days of […]

Amazon targets 1,114 ‘fake reviewers’ in Seattle lawsuit

(Media Release) Amazon is taking legal action against more than 1,000 people it says have posted fake reviews on its website. ( The US online retail giant has filed a lawsuit in Seattle, Washington. It says its brand reputation is being damaged by “false, misleading and inauthentic” reviews paid for by sellers seeking to improve the […]

Why we’re failing to hold Bashar al-Assad to account

(Media Release) Members of the UN Security Council cried after watching a video that shows doctors unsuccessfully trying to revive child victims of an apparent government chlorine gas attack in Syria last month. One hopes they were tears of shame. Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN, pledged those responsible will be held to account. […]

Obama: China ‘using muscle’ to dominate in South China Sea

Media Release: The US is concerned China is using “sheer size and muscle” to strong-arm smaller nations in the row over the South China Sea, Barack Obama says. The US president’s comments came amid heightened focus on Beijing’s construction of artificial islands in disputed areas of the sea. On Thursday a US think tank released […]

‘I chewed off half my tongue’: Why pain is a necessity

What would a world without pain be like? It may sound ideal, but it can cause extreme difficulties. It is the world Steve Pete inhabits. Born in Washington State, US, with the genetic disorder congenital analgesia, he is incapable of feeling physical pain. If he stubs his toe it doesn’t throb, there is no need […]

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