Receive email alerts June 17, 2019 Chinese diplomat Lu Shaye, the bane of Canadian media, appointed ambassador to France News Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the upcoming arrival of Lu Shaye, 54, to the Chinese Embassy in France, replacing current ambassador Zhai Jun. The diplomat, a fluent French speaker who has served as China’s ambassador to Canada since 2017, has earned a reputation as a pest to journalists by systematically accusing them of “disseminating a negative portrait” of China as soon as their articles displeased him. Shaye’s undiplomatic style will sharply contrast with the relative discretion of his predecessor.”A diplomat should not try to intimidate the media in the country in which he is posted, much less give them instructions,” insists Cedric Alviani, the head of the RSF East Asia bureau. “The very fact that Lu Shaye is still an ambassador despite his brash words is indicative of the aggressive and uninhibited attitude with which Beijing tries to impose its propaganda outside its borders.”Immediately after being posted to Ottawa in 2017, Lu Shaye did not hesitate to attack the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying it had better “spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China.” More recently, Shaye accused Canadian media of “Western egotism and white supremacy” and disparaged their work on the ground that they are in a lesser position to judge China’s development compared to the Chinese people. He also regularly complained of the “biased” and “slanderous” character of their articles denouncing the persecution of Uyghurs.Lu Shaye is not the first Chinese official to attack foreign media. The Chinese ambassador to Sweden, Gui Congyou, also recently embarked on a crusade against journalists. In June 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on an official visit to Canada, also publicly disparaged a journalist for asking an “irresponsible” question about human rights in China.China is one of the world’s largest prisons for journalists, with at least 111 of them behind bars in life-threatening conditions. In the 2019 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country ranks 177th out of 180. After two years of office in Canada, Lu Shaye will soon be appointed to be China’s ambassador to France. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) insists that a diplomat should not try to intimidate the media of the country where he is posted. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific ChinaFranceCanadaAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom ChinaFranceCanadaAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information
BERBICE Cricket Board (BCB) president Hilbert Foster has signalled his intentions to seek re-election for another two terms, as the board prepares to host their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, December 22.In a release from the BCB, Foster stated that he was fully prepared to walk away after his highly successful first term but agreed to the request of countless clubs, young cricketers, cricket officials and parents as they were concerned about Berbice Cricket returning to a state of dormancy.Foster, who is also the Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, took over the leadership of BCB February 18, 2018, at a Special Election ordered by Guyana’s High Court. Moves, such as a drive which raked in over $20M in cash from hosting over 60 tournaments at the Under-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-21, Double Wicket, Primary School, Secondary School, Female, Intermediate, Internal Zone, Inter-Village, Second Division and First Division levels were all works of Foster during his tenure.Berbice players are also being recognised at the West Indies level in record numbers with the following players been called up over the last two years at different levels: Devendra Bishoo, Romario Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie, Anthony Bramble, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Shabika Gajnabi, Isiah Thorne, Kevlon Anderson, Rampersaud Ramnauth, Jonathan Rampersaud and Kevin Umroa. They were also included in training camps. The BCB head stated he has no intention of campaigning for the position as his unmatched achievements spoke for themselves. The 13 clubs and three sub-associations have to decide if they want to return to the sad state of the recant past or to see more progress over the next two years.Foster plans to run for the period 2020–2021 and plans to host at least 25 tournaments per year at the different levels, continue the 2-Day tournament, carry on upgrading the BCB office, expand the countywide coaching programme, hold more cricket tournaments and assist clubs in the riverine area as well as construct an all-weather practice centre.He plans to assist clubs with proper youth structure, cricket gear for promising youth players and mentoring of young leaders at the BCB.