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Police hound Chinese blogger who exposed 10 officials’ sex scandal

Posted by Author on January 28, 2013


BEIJING – After a late-night stand-off with police at the door of his home Sunday night, Chinese investigative blogger Zhu Rufeng spent all of Monday in an even longer stand-off with authorities at a Beijing police station.

Two months earlier, Zhu had released a graphic sex tape exposing a scandal in which officials in the city of Chongqing were filmed having sex with young women hired by a property developer to extort favorable contracts from the city. Eleven officials were fired. Read the rest of this entry »

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RSF: Communist Party celebrates longevity, but Chinese activist says it has gone deaf

Posted by Author on July 1, 2011


As China’s Communist Party celebrates the 90th anniversary of its founding today, beginning with a flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square attended by 30,000 people, Reporters Without Borders insists that the toll from the crackdown of the past 90 days outweighs all the achievements of the past 90 years that the party has been proclaiming.

“The party’s efforts to present a festive image of national cohesion are designed to hide a disturbing deterioration in freedom of expression and information, especially during the last five months,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The ceremonies and political speeches must not be allowed to eclipse the wave of arrests of dissidents and human rights lawyers, and the censorship in Inner Mongolia.
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My friend, the dissident who ‘disappeared’ in China

Posted by Author on March 30, 2011


You might think it gets easier to stomach news of a good friend or terrific individual ”disappearing” in China, given the rate at which it has been happening. But Yang Hengjun vanishing from Guangzhou’s Baiyun Airport hits deeper into the abdomen and rises further up the throat, I think, because it comes with an added feeling that the ground for everyone in China is shifting fast beneath our feet.

Nobody has heard from ”Henry” Yang since Sunday when the Sydney writer phoned a colleague to say he was being followed by three men. Australian diplomats, already struggling to cope with the growing list of detained ethnic Chinese Australians, say they are urgently trying to find him. Yesterday Yang’s legions of online followers voiced hope that this increasingly brutal system would not be so irrational as to ”disappear” him, rather than simply warn him that the censor’s red line was closing in. Read the rest of this entry »

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China detains Australian activist Yang Hengjun

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


(The Australian) CANBERRA has been kept in the dark on the whereabouts of Australian Yang Hengjun, who has been caught up in the biggest crackdown against democracy activists by Chinese authorities since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Dr Yang, an author and internet activist, was detained at Guangzhou airport in southern China on Sunday, according to friends who spoke to The Australian.

He was on his way to a pro-democracy conference in Beijing where he was planning to speak. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Blogger Detained for Subversion, his wife warned against using Twitter

Posted by Author on March 11, 2011


Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have detained prominent blogger Guo Weidong, known by his online nickname “Daxa,” his wife said Friday.

The move comes amid an ongoing crackdown on political activists and petitioners following calls for a fourth day of “Jasmine” protests in major Chinese cities.

Guo was taken from his home late at around 8.00 p.m. on Thursday by more than 10 police officers from nearby Ningbo city, his wife Zhang Dan said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese woman arrested for tweeting intention to march with a banner praising jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner

Posted by Author on October 26, 2010


Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 –

Chinese police seized a woman from her house in the middle of the night after she tweeted her intention to demonstrate with a banner congratulating jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel peace prize, a friend said today.

The news comes amid a crackdown on Liu’s friends and supporters that has raised questions about who will collect his award next month.

His wife Liu Xia, who is under house arrest, has invited more than 140 dissidents, activists and celebrities to accept the prize because she fears she will be unable to go. Read the rest of this entry »

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China censors take notice of Twitter-style blogs

Posted by Author on July 31, 2010


By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, USA, July 31, 2010 –

Reporting from Beijing —

Chinese censors blocked access to Facebook and Twitter a year ago for fear the foreign sites could be used to sow political unrest. Now it appears they’re taking aim at the popular Chinese imitators that filled the void.

Known as microblogs, or weibo accounts in Chinese, these personal sites function a lot like Twitter, giving users the ability to post messages and links in short, almost instantaneous bursts. Offered by China’s leading Web portals, microblogs have surged in popularity. The number of weibo users more than tripled this year to 100 million.

The sites were quickly embraced by China’s techie cognoscenti. Celebrities discovered they could be used as promotional tools. Government officials found them an efficient way to reach citizens. And though most weibo chatter is trivial, some intellectuals and activists have used the microblogs to discuss human rights and other topics considered sensitive by China’s censors.

The weibo was an unexpected advance in freedom of expression at a time when authorities were clamping down on Internet communication. But hopes of a wider opening were dashed this month when some of the sites were temporarily shut down. Four major portals — Sina, Sohu, Tencent and Netease — said their weibo services went down for maintenance. Internet experts were dubious. More likely, they said, authorities forced the shutdowns to impose stricter oversight and controls.

That could mean pressuring portals to hire more staff to delete content seen as challenging the state’s authority. This week, for example, search results for “Cantonese” and “Guangzhou” were blocked from some portals after Cantonese-speaking residents demonstrated in that southern city to protest the growing use of Mandarin, China’s official language.

Wu Mingliang, a magazine editor who has used his weibo to highlight rights issues and abuse cases, said his account vanished one recent morning.

“The page didn’t exist anymore,” said Wu, who had about 1,000 followers subscribing to his feeds. “I was shocked.”

The government goes to great lengths to sanitize the Internet in China. It forces websites to delete objectionable material and pays Internet users to sway opinion on forums. It also maintains a vast censorship apparatus, nicknamed the Great Firewall, to filter information flowing in from abroad. Some savvy Chinese netizens have learned to jump that barrier using technology that links their Chinese computers to servers located outside the country, beyond the reach of state minders. Still, these proficients remain the minority among China’s estimated 420 million Internet users.

Meanwhile, the government is bent on tightening its grip. In the last year alone, authorities have taken aim at pornography and violent computer games. They mandated that computer manufacturers install filtering software on all new personal computers sold in China (though they later retreated when the much-criticized program proved ineffective). Then Google Inc. shut most of its China-based operations, citing increasing government censorship and cyber assaults from hackers suspected of targeting the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

But regulating weibo service could prove an especially big challenge for Chinese authorities. That’s because of the burgeoning number of users, which is growing by about 10 million a month, and the speed at which they can post messages.

“It’s very difficult to control these [microblogging] sites,” said Jeremy Goldkorn, founder of the Beijing-based Danwei.org, which covers media in China. “No matter how great the Great Firewall is, all it takes is one guy to post the complete works of Master Li of the Falun Gong,” Goldkorn said, referring to the founder of a spiritual group that is outlawed here.

The growth of social media clearly has alarmed Beijing. Authorities last year shut down access to Twitter and Facebook from inside China. Many here believe it was because protesters used those services to communicate and organize during ethnic riots in China’s restive Xinjiang province. A government think tank recently released a report alleging that U.S.-born sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could be used by Washington to overthrow foreign regimes.

“We must pay attention to the potential risks and threats to state security,” the report said. “We must immediately step up supervision of social networking sites.”

Local police in Beijing are now holding workshops for Internet industry employees aimed at increasing their vigilance over anti-government material.

Jason Ng, a prominent blogger, attended a meeting this month, the same day Sohu’s microblogging service went offline. He described the event to his followers on Twitter by accessing the service through a server located outside China.

“They told us we had to delete illegal material, especially anti-government information” anywhere it was found, Ng said in an interview. “One security official said they had to shut down a major weibo portal that day and the boss of the company had to go meet with authorities at night, even though it was raining.”

Well-known political blogger Michael Anti, whose recent posts include information on the Guangzhou protests, said he too is feeling the heat. Anti said he recently was contacted by an editor at the portal Sina who told him to tone down his weibo feeds if he didn’t want his content blocked. Anti capitulated. He’s decided to save sensitive material for his Twitter account. Like Ng, the Beijing resident accesses Twitter through a foreign server to avoid Chinese censors.

“Microblogs are going to be more and more nonpolitical,” Anti said. “It’s just going to be entertainment.”

What’s clear is that most of China’s most-followed microbloggers are celebrities. More than 2 million people subscribe to comedian Yao Chen’s Sina weibo.

There, she posted photos of her tour of an earthquake-stricken region of China, as well as shots of one of her more recent purchases: a cream-colored Chanel sweater embroidered with the brand’s name in Chinese.

Los Angeles Times

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China censors turn their sights on microblogging

Posted by Author on July 16, 2010


Reporters Without Borders, 16 July 2010 –

Reporters Without Borders
is concerned about a new crackdown on social-networking tools, especially microblogging services. Dozens of microblog accounts went down yesterday including those of blogger Yao Yuan and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was interviewed by the Associated Press. Four of the leading Chinese microblogging services, Netease, Sina, Tencent  and Sohu, were yesterday displaying messages saying they were down for maintenance or had inexplicably reverted to an earlier “beta” testing phase.

“This latest censorship attempt shows that the Chinese authorities, who are obsessed with maintaining political stability, mistrust microblogging and its potential for spreading information and mobilising the public,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“Nonetheless, despite the massive resources that the regime deploys to control the Internet, it is impossible to keep track of all the flow of information on Twitter and its Chinese equivalents,” the press freedom organisation added. “Microblogging is also used by the government itself as well as by millions of Chinese who have nothing to do with dissidents.”

A form of short blog with a maximum of 140 characters, microblogs are have become very popular among Chinese Internet users for disseminating social messages and opinions because of their speed and ability to grab people’s attention. Access to Twitter is blocked by the Great Firewall of China but the site is still accessible for people who know how to use proxies and other censorship circumvention tools.

China’s microblogging services are nonetheless scrutinised by censorship filters which analyse both the posts and the shortened URLs that appear in them. For example, here is a link to a recent Reporters Without Borders press release: http://fr.rsf.org/chine-les-autorites-en-croisade-contre-l-07-05-2010,37411.html. And here is an example of a shortened version of the link obtained by a link shortener such as Bit.ly that microbloggers would use because of the need to keep the message to within 140 characters: http://bit.ly/a5F8it. These shortened links are also monitored by the censors in order to block access to undesirable sites……. (more details from Reporters Without Borders)

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3 Chinese bloggers put in jail for exposing police gang-rape

Posted by Author on April 18, 2010


Reporters Without Borders  –

Reporters Without Borders
condemns the jail sentences which a court in the southern city of Fuzhou passed today on three bloggers – Fan Yanqiong, You Jingyou and Wu Huaying – who took up the case of a mother who was calling on the authorities to reopen the investigation into her daughter’s death.

Convicting them on charges of defamation and disturbing public order, the court imposed a two-year sentence on Fan and one-year sentences on You and Wu for posting information online supporting the mother’s claim that her daughter died after being gang-raped by individuals with links to the police rather than as a result of a miscarriage, as the authorities claim.

Reporters Without Borders regards the verdict as an intolerable judicial farce that solely benefits local officials. The three bloggers, who have been unjustly punished for trying to bring the truth to light, must be freed at once and their conviction must be overturned.

The press freedom organisation also hails the show of support they received from the thousands of people who gathered outside the courthouse today. An article about the trial that was posted on the official news agency Xinhua’s website was removed a few hours later. Nonetheless many posts and photos relating to the case are currently accessible online in China.

The previous release on this case: http://en.rsf.org/china-bloggers-who-denounced-gang-rape-12-08-2009,33902.html

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Three-year jail term for China’s human rights website editor

Posted by Author on November 23, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, nov. 23, 2009-

Reporters Without Borders deplores the three-year jail sentence that human rights activist and blogger Huang Qi was given at the end of a 15-minute hearing yesterday in Chengdu.

“There is still time for the judicial authorities to reach a just decision on appeal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We again urge the judges to act humanely as this resolute activist’s health is now very precarious.”

Huang’s wife, Zeng Li, and his mother, who were the only people allowed to attend yesterday’s hearing, challenged the verdict and sentence as soon as they were announced. Huang was quickly escorted out of the courtroom by police officers but he had time to shout that he wanted to appeal. He was then driven away in a police van without being allowed to speak to his family.

Zeng requested a copy of the court’s verdict but was refused on the grounds that Huang himself would submit his own appeal. Under Chinese law, his lawyer should be given a copy of the verdict within five days. Huang has 10 days to file an appeal.

Reporters Without Borders

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2 Bloggers get custodial sentences for criticising China regime

Posted by Author on July 11, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, 11 July 2009 –

Reporters Without Borders regrets that the release of Urumqi-based cyber-dissident Tao Haidong on 8 July on completing a seven-year jail sentence has been overshadowed by the custodial sentences passed on two other cyber-dissidents and human rights activists, Zhang Qi and Zhang Peng, for criticising the government online.

Zhang Qi, an independent blogger based in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was sentenced on 7 July to four years in prison and two years without civic rights for “inciting subversion of state authorities” in his blog. Zhang Peng, a blogger based in Shenyang, the capital of northeastern Liaoning province, was sentenced without a trial on 27 June to 18 months in a reeducation camp on the same charge for referring to the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

“Tao Haidong was only freed because he had completed his sentence, while two other cyber-dissidents, Zhang Qi and Zhang Peng, have been convicted because of their opinions,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“The repression never lets up, regardless of the reassuring comments by the Chinese leaders,” the press freedom organisation added. “We firmly condemn these sentences, which yet again highlight the severity with which the regime punishes those who express views at variance with those of the ruling Communist Party.”…… (more details from Reporters Without Borders)

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RSF Worried by Uyghur blog editor’s arrest in China

Posted by Author on July 8, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, 8 July 2009 –

Reporters Without Borders is very worried by yesterday’s arrest in Beijing of Ilham Tohti, editor of the Uyghur Online blog (www.uighurbiz.cn) and economics professor at Beijing’s Central Nationalities University, who had been relaying information about the rioting in Urumqi, the capital of the far-western province Xinjiang, since 26 June.

“The crackdown is not limited to Xinjiang,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities have arrested an independent writer who was just posting reports on his blog. We think his arrest is a direct result of the role he played in informing the Uyghur community in China and abroad. We call for his release, which could help to stop the violence.”

This is the third time this year that Tohti’s blog has been blocked. The authorities pressured him to stop posting articles in March and June. On 12 March, for example, he posted this note: “I hope my readers will forgive me but I must remain silent for a while. I have to face a lot of threats and harassment. But whatever happens, I urge my friends to continue our struggle.”…… (more details from Reporters Without Borders)

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RSF calls for thorough investigation into stabbing of well-known China blogger

Posted by Author on February 21, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, Feb. 18, 2009-

Reporters Without Borders condemns an assault on popular blogger Xu Lai (http://blog.ifeng.com/1738385.html) on 14 February and urges the authorities to quickly identify his two assailants. He is being treated for two stab wounds to the stomach in Beijing’s Chaoyang Hospital, where doctors say his life is not in danger.

Also known by the blogging name of “Qian Liexan,” Xu was attacked in one of the bathrooms of a Beijing bookshop where he had just given a reading. His assailants reportedly told him they had come to “take revenge.”

“We call for a thorough investigation that establishes the motive for this stabbing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If it turns out that Xu was attacked because of what he has posted online, this act of violence would be a particularly serious and disturbing for all Chinese bloggers and would need to be punished accordingly.”

Immediately after giving a reading with the theme of “Xu Lai’s Tastes” in Beijing’s Dan Xiang Jie bookshop, Xu was accosted by two men in the bookshop’s bathroom. One stabbed him twice in the stomach. The other tried to cut off one of his hands with a cleaver.

Reporters Without Borders added: “Certain critical observers are reaching a large audience through the Internet. Chinese bloggers are becoming commentators on daily life and this irritates some of their compatriots. Xu’s blog is widely read in China and his celebrity status may have prompted this criminal attack.”

One of Xu’s friends, fellow blogger He Caitou, described Xu’s comments as “nuanced.” Others acknowledged that his blog entries were sometimes “annoying” for the authorities. Some said the motive for the attack may also have been jealousy, as Xu has gradually become very well known.

China has 298 million Internet users – more than any other country in the world. It is also the world’s biggest prison for cyber-dissidents. A total of 49 people are currently detained for expressing their opposition to the ruling Communist Party in one form or another online. The Internet is closely monitored by the government, which launched a major filtering offensive on 5 January with the declared aim of combating pornography.

According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, more than 2,500 news and information websites were blocked last year because of their political content. Article 35 of the Chinese constitution nonetheless guarantees the right to free expression.

– Reporters Without Borders: Call for thorough investigation into stabbing of well-known blogger

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China’s repression continues after Beijing Olympics, media and dissidents fight back (3)

Posted by Author on February 8, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, 5 February 2009 –

Just as many journalists and bloggers still in prison

The Olympic Games did not in any way help to obtain the release of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents. In all, 79 are currently detained in China, many of them in appalling conditions.

The journalist Qi Chonghuai, for example, was beaten by fellow inmates in a prison in the eastern city of Tengzhou in November. He is also being forced to do difficult work in a mine run by the prison authorities. His wife said he has lost weight and is exhausted by the forced labour.

Journalists continue to be arrested. Guan Jian, a reporter with Wangluo Bao (网络宝,Network News), a Beijing-based weekly, was arrested on 1 December while looking into allegations of corruption in the real estate sector in Taiyuan, in the central province of Shanxi. A CCTV reporter, Li Min, was placed in detention in the same province four days later. She was accused of corruption by the provincial authorities, including prosecutor He Shusheng, after she had accused the prosecutor of “abuse of authority” during a TV report on the air. In both cases, the threat came from political or judicial provincial officials who refused to permit any attempt by the national press to take an interest in the murkier side of their activities. Blogger Guo Quan (郭泉) was arrested in mid-November in the eastern province of Jiangsu by police who said his articles were too radical. Prior to his arrest, he had called for the creation of a netizens party to combat online censorship. He had also announced his intention to sue the US company Google for ensuring that a search for his name on its Chinese-language search engine (http://www.google.cn) yielded no results.

As Hu Jia’s wife Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕), herself a blogger, said in a message thanking the European parliament for awarding Hu the Sakharov Prize: “There are now a great many exceptional people and people of goodwill in Chinese society who are going to great lengths to find ways to make the real situation in China known, and to express deeply-felt views, and the Internet is providing them with a very interesting platform. But unfortunately there is sometimes a very high price to be paid for this.”

Cracking down on dissidents

Wang Rongqing (王荣清), one of the leaders of the banned China Democracy Party and the editor of a dissident magazine, was sentenced to six years in prison for “subverting state authority” by a court in the eastern city of Hangzhou on 8 January. He was arrested a few weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. One of his relatives told Reporters Without Borders that his state of health was very worrying.

The repression has above all focused on the initiators of Charter 08, a call for democratic reforms that has been signed by 8,100 Chinese. One of its authors, leading free speech activist Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), was arrested shortly after its release on 9 December and is still being held in a Beijing police residence. In all, more than a hundred signatories throughout China have been detained, questioned or threatened by the political police.

Liu Di (刘荻), who is better known by her blog name of “Stainless Steel Mouse,” was summoned for questioning by the Beijing police on 25 January. According to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, the police interrogated her about the blog entries she had written about Charter 08 and the photo of Liu Xiaobo she had posted online, and they told her she was being placed under surveillance. The next day, a police car took up position outside her home and she can no longer go out without the Public Security Bureau’s permission.

Investigating the human rights situation during the Olympic Games period is not very safe either. In January, Beijing-based activist Wang Debang was interrogated for six hours by the Public Security Bureau, which accused him of helping to write a human rights report. His home was searched and his computer was confiscated.

Wang Lianxi (王连玺), a worker who spent 18 years in prison for his role in the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989, was confined against his will in a psychiatric hospital before the Olympic Games for fear he would stage demonstrations in Beijing……. (to be cont’d)

Repression continues six months after Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but media and dissidents fight back, The Reporters Without Borders

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China bloggers discussing earthquake omens ignored by the authorities

Posted by Author on May 13, 2008


Hannah Fletcher, From Times Online, May 13, 2008-

As the death toll in China’s Sichuan province climbs, the nation’s bloggers have joined together in the search for a scapegoat.

Broadband connections across the country are pulsing with rumours of “earthquake omens” involving toads or butterflies – all allegedly ignored by the authorities. Some even talk of a vast pre-Olympic conspiracy.

One blogger from Shandong province, in eastern China, wrote that more than a month ago, he went to his local earthquake resesarch centre several times to report that his animals had been disturbed and restless.

But, he wrote: “They not only ridiculed me, they accused me of making up stories.”

Other blogs link to Chinese newspaper reports of bizarre natural occurrences in the past few weeks.

The Chutian Metropolis Daily reported that on April 26, 80,000 tonnes of water suddenly drained from a large pond in Enshi, Hubei province. The province shares a border with Chongqing Municipality, which was devastated by the earthquake on Monday.

On May 10, a Sichuan-based newspaper, the West China Metropolis Daily, reported that hundreds of migrating toads descended upon the streets of Mianyang, the second largest city in the province which neighbours Wenchuan County, the epicentre of the earthquake.

The Chinese state news agency reported today that 18,645 people were buried under the city’s collapsed buildings and 3,629 people confirmed dead.

In the city of Mianzhu, 60 miles from the epicentre, bloggers pointed to reports just weeks before the earthquake of a mass migration of more than one million butterflies.

Other bloggers seized upon an as yet unsubstantiated rumour that a Chinese geologist had predicted the earthquake in advance but had been stifled by the authorities, and by fear.

“On the seventh of May, a geologist predicted this [earthquake],” wrote one blogger. “But he didn’t dare make it public.”

Another blogger from Beijing wrote: “Everyone is talking about the rescue effort but they are not actually joining it.

“So, instead we should turn our thoughts to why [the authorities] didn’t forecast the earthquake and evacuate the people…

“Could it be that it was out of a desire for a peaceful Olympics?”

In an editorial in the Southern Metropolis Daily, the established journalist and commentator, Chang Ping, cited the growing tide of rumours and speculation surrounding the earthquake as evidence of the need for greater freedom of information in China.

He wrote: “As the phone lines went down, rumours multiplied…I understood that the vast majority of this information could not be verified and that the police regarded it as the transmission of rumours punishable by criminal detention.

“But as someone with relatives in the affected area, I could not stop myself from seeking whatever information I could …”

He added: ”The information was clearly unreliable, and it was difficult to tell what was true or false.

“Together it all spoke of a single problem, and that is the people’s fierce appetite for information when faced with a public incident.”

– Original report from The Times Online: China bloggers cook up quake conspiracies

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China: Well-wishers Detained Outside AIDS Activist Hu Jia’s Beijing Home

Posted by Author on January 25, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008.01.23-

HONG KONG–Chinese well-wishers and bloggers were detained and questioned by police standing guard outside the home of detained AIDS activist Hu Jia, reporting their experience later online.

Dozens of petitioners went to Hu Jia’s home in an eastern suburb of Beijing on Sunday, in a bid to bring baby formula to Hu’s wife Zeng Jinyan. Zeng has been held with her baby daughter under house arrest since Hu’s arrest Dec. 27 for “subverting state power.” Their internet and phone connections have been cut off.

Some of the well-wishers were taken to the Dispersion Center for petitioners from out of town, suggesting they travelled from elsewhere in China to help Zeng.

One netizen, identified online as “Little Hammer,” said he had tried to deliver baby formula to Zeng but police blocked his way, questioning him for several hours.

“How precious freedom is! But Hu Jia sacrificed his own freedom for all of us,” “Little Hammer” wrote.

Several other people reported in blog posts and forum messages that they also tried to visit Zeng, or bring milk powder to her, but apparently none succeeded.

Instead, Zeng barred police from entering her apartment Sunday, saying it was illegal to hold her and her baby under house arrest.

According to Hu’s friend, legal scholar Teng Biao, the police replied: “You are not innocent. You were involved in many of the things that Hu Jia did.”

Teng said the police appeared to be threatening Zeng also with detention, talking within earshot about allowing her home from detention to feed her baby……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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(video) Modern China Life: AIDS Activist Hu Jia’s Family Traced and Monitord by Polices 24 Hours a Day

Posted by Author on January 25, 2008


From Youtube-

01/18, 2008: Zeng Jinyan remains trapped at home with her 2 month old baby and all communication with the outside world cut off. It is unknown whether they have anything to eat; what is known is that one blogger* sent a parcel of milk formula, but it was intercepted by police.

Prisoners in Freedom City (1)

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International Rights Group Call For Immediate Release of China Cyber-dissident Li Hong

Posted by Author on January 19, 2008


Reporters Without Borders, 17.01.2008-

Reporters Without Borders today repeated its appeal for the release of cyber-dissident Zhang Jianhong, pen-name Li Hong, so he can be taken to hospital and treated appropriately for his illness.

The Chinese authorities on 2 January 2008 rejected the cyber-dissident’s second request for his release. “The Chinese authorities have for more than seven months remained unmoved by the request from Li Hong to be allowed to get treatment in hospital,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

He is suffering from muscular dystrophy and his health has been seriously deteriorating since August 2007. He is in danger of being left paralysed. Prison authorities at Zhejiang jail told his wife, Dong Min, in a letter that Li Hong, “is receiving appropriate treatment in the prison hospital”.

Li was sentenced on 19 March 2007 to six years in prison by a court in Ningpo, Zhejiang province in south-eastern China after he was convicted of writing “articles defaming the Chinese government and calling for agitation to overthrow the government”. He in 2005 founded the literary website Aiqinhai.org and regularly posted articles on the Weilai Zhongguo forum and on foreign-based Chinese websites. The release of a sick prisoner depends on his pathology, the treatment he should receive and an assessment of the situation by prison officials. They have said they will not undertake a further medical examination as Dong Min had asked.

Li’s lawyer, Li Jianqiang received a letter in June 2007 in which his client described his state of health: “My illness is extremely rare. There is currently no effective medication or treatment. My health has worsened this last month and my muscles are atrophying. I can hardly move my arms any more and this will extend to my legs. If it goes on, I will suffer the terrible experience of being completely paralysed like the British physicist, Stephen Hawking”.

Original report from Reporters Without Borders

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China: One dream, One prison

Posted by Author on January 14, 2008


by Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4, UK, 11 Jan 2008-

She’s the Chinese blogger who’s been dubbed “Tiananmen 2.0” and was selected for the TIME 100 list of heroes and pioneers. Lindsey Hilsum writes on the day she had to shout to Zeng Jinyan through a barred window.

I last saw Zeng Jinyan in December, a month after her baby was born. Jinyan is a sparrow-like woman, who looks even younger than her 24 years. She was in love.

Her mother looked on indulgently as Jinyan told my friend Bessie and me how beautiful the baby was, how perfect, how exceptional – until she giggled in embarrassment at her own enthusiasm.

We saw her again today.

She stood at the window of her fourth floor flat, behind the burglar bars, holding herZeng Jinyan and her baby sleeping daughter and shouting to us below. We couldn’t go in, because Jinyan is now under house arrest.

(photo by Channel 4)

Her slightly nerdy-looking bespectacled husband, Hu Jia, was arrested on December 27th and charged with “incitement to subvert state power,” a charge known as “counter revolution” in the bad old days.

Jinyan said the police cut her telephone line, and took her computer, mobile phone and bank card. Her mother is able to go and buy food, but they’re running out of cash. Friends who try to bring things for the baby are blocked.

For several days, the police camped in her flat – she protested and now they’re outside the door, day and night.

It’s hard to see how this couple, who seem like rather earnest and maybe naïve students, are a threat to the Chinese state. Hu Jia, who’s 33, started by campaigning for people with AIDS. Jinyan was catapulted into the spotlight in 2006, soon after their marriage, when he was first arrested.

She started a blog about her quest to find her husband and suddenly she was more famous then he. In 2006, Time magazine put her in their top 100 influential people in the world.

The Chinese government targets Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan because they join the dots. They use the internet to express their opinion that issues like land rights and AIDS are indivisible – the fundamental problem in China is the abuse of power by the state and Communist Party officials.

The government can tolerate isolated protests, but it knows that if one angry community makes common cause with another, that could become a nation-wide movement. The only national organisation allowed in China is the Party.

The Chinese government is determined to show China in a good light during the Olympics this August. The slogan is “One World, One Dream”, the idea that China is a leader amongst civilised peoples, a full member of the community of nations.

It’s all about giving a good impression – there are campaigns to stop taxi drivers from eating garlic, and pedestrians from spitting in the street.

Earlier this week we watched Olympic hostesses being put through their paces – learning to smile showing only six to eight teeth, stand up straight (with an English grammar book on their heads) and bow while presenting a medal.

The government’s fear is that people like Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan will spoil the party by presenting a bad image of China to the world – their solution is to lock them up.

But that will cause far more trouble. The images which will resonate around the world are not the identikit young women in immaculate uniforms learning to walk gracefully, but one young woman holding a tiny baby, shouting through the bars that they took her husband away and have imprisoned her at home.

Original report from Channel 4

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China Activist Hu Jia’s Lawyer Put Under House Arrest, Foreign Journalists Prevented From Visiting Wife and Daughter

Posted by Author on January 13, 2008


Reporters Without Borders, 11 January 2008-

Reporters Without Borders today accused the Chinese authorities, especially state security, of violating the new regulations for foreign journalists by preventing them from visiting the wife of detained human rights activist Hu Jia and of violating the right of Hu’s lawyers to visit their client. One of the lawyers was placed under house arrest for a few hours.

“Despite all the appeals from within China and throughout the world for Hu’s release, the government is taking an even tougher position by depriving his wife and their two-month-old daughter of their freedom,” the press freedom organisation said.

On January 10th, one of Hu’s lawyers, Li Jinsong, was placed under house arrest for a few hours in a Beijing hotel, after inviting foreign journalists to confirm that it was impossible for him to see Hu’s wife, Zeng Jinyan. He is under surveillance by the police. His other lawyer, Li Fangping, was not detained but he was strongly urged not to try to approach Zeng’s home.

Previously, the authorities prevented them from visiting Hu in prison on 4 January on the grounds that the case had been classified as a “state secret.”

The police today prevented a group of foreign journalists from entering the Beijing apartment building where Zeng, a well-known blogger, lives with the couple’s two-month-old daughter Qianci, saying it was because a “criminal investigation” was under way. After checking their passports, the police allowed the reporters to leave but made the photographers delete the photos they had taken.

On 8 January, Zeng was able to talk to some German journalists through one of the windows of her apartment. She talked about the conditions in which her husband is being held and how the police are preventing all his friends and relatives from seeing her. “The police have searched the apartment several times and have taken our computer and telephones,” she said, adding: “I am very worried about Hu Jia.”

After that conversation, the police installed a curtain to prevent Zeng from being seen from outside the apartment. More than 20 police officers are permanently stationed around her home. Zeng has been completely isolated since Hu’s arrest, when the phone lines and Internet connection were cut off.

A friend of Hu’s told Reporters Without Borders he had also been prevented from visiting Zeng at home and that police officers were subsequently stationed outside his own home. On 5 January, the police searched the home of Hu’s parents to ensure they did not have documents about his arrest that they could give to the news media.

Hu has been held since 27 December on a charge of “inciting subversion of the state.” Referring to his arrest on 3 January, a foreign ministry spokesman said: “Everyone is equal before the law and no one is above the law. We are handling this case according to the law.”

Li, the lawyer who was placed under house arrest today, was awarded the French government’s human rights prize last month. French justice minister Rachida Dati met him when she accompanied President Nicolas Sarkozy on a visit to China in November.

Fifty-seven Chinese activists and writers released an open letter on 6 January calling for Hu’s immediate release and urging the police to ensure that his health does not deteriorate while in detention. Hu has a liver ailment.

Original report from Reporters Without Borders

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MySpace Forces Chinese Users Self-discipline

Posted by Author on August 27, 2007


The U.S. social networking website MySpace is asking its Chinese users who registeredMyspace China from China, to move their accounts from U.S-based server MySpace.com to China-based server MySpace.cn, by Wednesday, otherwise users will face having their accounts deleted, reported by Interfax– an organization providing politics and business news in Asia area.

Luo Chuan, CEO of Myspace China Site- MySpace.cn, told Interfax of the decision but deny to give details.

This happens just a few days later after blog service providers in China were asked to sign “self-discipline pact”with the government, including Microsoft and Yahoo, who also have their Chinese language website hosted in China.

The forced migration is obvious a step to force the Chinese user to follow the order of  self-discipline.

The report said:

“A notice on MySpace.com to users logging on from China gave two options. The first is to move their accounts to MySpace.cn, which is “governed under the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China including any such laws and regulations requiring disclosure of one’s data.” The second option is to delete their current MySpace.com account and then re-register on the site. Although this latter option would allow Chinese users to stay on MySpace.com, they would lose their existing data “due to technical reasons”, according to the notice.

Users who fail to make a choice by Wednesday will have their accounts deleted. “

By doing this, Myspace has put itself into a role as part of Chinese government’s law enforcement, though it’s a U.S business company.

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Chinese Writer Forcedly Sent to Psychiatric Hospital For His Rights Article

Posted by Author on August 24, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 23 August 2007-

Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the confinement of cyber-dissident and blogger He Weihua in a psychiatric hospital in the central province of Hunan against his will. Relatives interviewed by Reporters Without Borders denied that He has any kind of mental illness and said they thought his confinement was linked to what he has posted on his blog http://www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/.

“It is unacceptable that the Chinese authorities use such methods to silence citizens who have just expressed their views peacefully online,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the central government to intervene with the Hunan authorities to obtain He’s release. How can the authorities expect us to believe that a mentally ill person is capable of detailed investigative reporting?

Reporters Without Borders added: “We fear that this case shows that the Chinese authorities have still not abandoned the use of punitive psychiatry against those who expose abuses and defy censorship.”

He was confined against his will by the authorities in Hunan earlier this month after he posted an article on the Boxun site criticising an arbitrary increase in the price of pork by the provincial authorities. He also predicted the imminent collapse of the Communist Party as a result of internal corruption. He received a judicial summons from the Public Security Bureau after the article was posted in July.

A local State Security unit had previously raided and searched his home in Hengyang (in Hunan province) in June, taking his laptop computer and warning him that he would suffer dire consequences if he continue to write about human rights. His blog http://www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/ contains many investigative reports and comments critical of the authorities.

When reached by Radio Free Asia, He’s mother did not want to comment on his confinement, indicating that she thought her phone was tapped. She just said: “He is in a psychiatric hospital. He went there this month.” But a relative contacted by Reporters Without Borders linked his confinement to his articles: “He has written an enormous number of articles on human rights, especially on Boxun. I think he has all the qualities of a person of sound mind.”

This is not the first time he has been confined. Members of the State Security Bureau gave him injections against his will when he was placed in psychiatric hospital in December 2004. When he was run down by a motorcycle in September 2006, the driver warned him not to continue his human rights activities.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders : Blogger confined to psychiatric hospital against his will

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China: Microsoft, Yahoo Sign “self-discipline” Pact to Censor Blog

Posted by Author on August 24, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 23 August 2007-

Reporters Without Borders condemns the “self-discipline pact” signed by at least 20 leading blog service providers in China including Yahoo.cn! and MSN.cn.

Unveiled yesterday by the Internet Society of China (ISC), an offshoot of the information industry ministry, the pact stops short the previous project of making it obligatory for bloggers to register, but it can be used to force service providers to censor content and identify bloggers.

“The Chinese government has yet again forced Internet sector companies to cooperate on sensitive issues – in this case, blogger registration and blog content,” the press freedom organisation said. “As they already did with website hosting services, the authorities have given themselves the means to identify those posting ‘subversive’ content by imposing a self-discipline pact.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “This decision will have grave consequences for the Chinese blogosphere and marks the end of anonymous blogging. A new wave of censorship and repression seems imminent, above all in the run-up to the Communist Party of China’s next congress.”

Under the new pact, blog service providers are “encouraged” to register users under their real names and contact information before letting them post blogs.

More seriously, they will be required to keep this information, which will allow the authorities to identify them. These companies have already in the past provided the police with information about their clients, resulting in arrests.

The pact says “blog providers should monitor and manage comments … and delete illegal and bad information in a timely manner.” Articles 11 and 12 urge them to equip themselves with a secure management system that allows them to keep bloggers’ details, including their real name, address, contact number and email address.

ISC secretary-general Huang Chengqing was clear yesterday when he said: “Blog service providers who allow the use of pseudonyms may be more attractive to bloggers, but they will be punished by the government if they fail to screen illegal information.”

The companies are also urged to adopt “sincere self-discipline and, of their own initiative, to protect the interests of the State and Party.”

These are some of the blog service providers who have agreed to sign the pact – Msn.cn, Renmin Wang, Xinlang, Sohu, Wangyi, Tom, Qianlong Wang, Hexun Wang, Boke Tianxia, Tianji Wang, Yahoo.cn, Huasheng Zaixian, Bolianshe and Tengxun.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders : Government gets blog service providers to sign “self-discipline” pact to end anonymous blogging

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