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A Vietnamese court sentenced three journalists to between 11 and 15-year jail sentences on Tuesday, after they were found guilty of spreading anti-government propaganda, Reuters reported. Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy, and Le Huu Minh Tuan known for their frequent government criticism, were found guilty of “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the state,” the Ministry of Public Security said, according to Reuters. Dung was jailed for 15 years and Thuy and Tuan 11 years each in a one-day trial, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City. All three were leading members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, which was founded in July 2014 in order to push for free speech and other democratic reforms, while Vietnamese police claimed the association sought a regime change in the country, according to Reuters. (RELATED: REPORT: Poland’s Justice Minister Introduces Bill To Hold Social Media Companies Accountable For Censorship) In response to the indictments, The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam released a statement vehemently denouncing the arrests of its three members, stating that they were a “blatant violation of people’s freedom of speech and free press.” ????????
A helicopter company is charging over $900 to transport Canadians into the U.S. despite a ban on non-essential travel between the countries, Vertical Magazine reported in December.Great Lakes Helicopter Corp is based out of Waterloo, Ontario, and offers 35 minute cross-border flights for $1,2oo Canadian, just over $900 USD, according to Vertical. The helicopter seats three people and flies between the St. Catharine’s airport in Canada and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York. Canada does not allow foreign nationals to enter the country by any means of travel if the trip is non-essential, though Canadian citizens are permitted to cross the border, according to Air Canada. “We’re up around a few hundred bookings to the end of January, even into early February,” General Manager at Great Lakes Helicopter Dwayne Henderson said, Vertical reported. “It’s not confirmed, but we’re even talking about doing Windsor/Detroit in January with one helicopter for a limited time, maybe three days a week.” Growing list of Canadian politicians caught travelling abroad despite pandemic https://t.co/9zGlutRAoJ pic.twitter.com/rbMHDMGuMx — CTV News (@CTVNews) January 2, 2021 The company currently offers five daily flights from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. between its two helicopters Thursday through Monday, according
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