Announcement of Nomination for 2016 Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award of Independent Chinese PEN Center

Title: Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
Awardee: one or two individual annually;
Candidacy: Anyone in the case list of Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International who is still imprisoned or released under legal restriction of the right to freedom of expression, such as “deprivation of political rights”;
Nominator: Three individuals, or a PEN centre;
Nomination period: Starting on 23 June, anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s formal arrest and ending on 8 October;
Date to announce the awardee: Writers in Prison Day on 15 November;
Awarding Items: a certificate or trophy, prize check and awarding statement.
Prize: 2000 US dollars; Continue reading

The 7th Congress of ICPC Membership Assembly Held on Internet

Press Release
9 Feburary 2016

ICPC-logoThe Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) held its 7th Congress of Membership Assembly at a Google group forum on Internet on 22 Janurary – 09 Feburary 2016. Among ICPC’s 318 members, 162 participated in the Congress. According to the agenda adopted by the Congress, five sessions were held. The Congress adopted an amendment to ICPC’s Rules of Procedure of Membership Assembly, approved the work report and financial report submitted by the Board and elected the new Board in accordance with the ICPC’s Charter. Columnist Mrs. Tienchi Martin-Liao, a former president, has been re-elected the new President.
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Wang jianminPen name              

Sex                               Male

Birth date                 1953

Birth place               Hui’an county, Fujian Province

Resident place         Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province (US & Hong Kong permanent resident) Continue reading


Guo ZhongxiaoPen name              

Sex                              Male

Birth date                1975-02-22

Birth place               Shishou City, Hubei Province Continue reading

194. LIU HAITAO (released)


Sex                                Male

Birth date                1982-09-06

Birth place               Henan Province

Resident place        Nanyang City, Henan Province Continue reading

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

Magazines about Chinese politics are displayed in a bookstore in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong

Magazines about Chinese politics are displayed in a bookstore in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, Jan. 5, 2016. AFP

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China. Continue reading

Chinese Court Rejects Lawsuit From Purged Political Magazine

Staff of Chinese cutting edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu at a gathering

Staff of Chinese cutting edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu at a gathering, July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

A court in the Chinese capital has refused to accept a lawsuit filed by the former editors of the cutting-edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu against the arts institute that owns it following a major change of leadership imposed from above. Continue reading

China Bans Major Online Portals From Independent Newsgathering

Lin Songtao-vice president of Tencent Mobile Business Group

Lin Songtao, vice president of Tencent Mobile Business Group, speaks at a press conference of Tencent in Haikou, China’s Hainan province, April 23, 2016. AFP

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has banned major online news portals from engaging in independent journalism, as part of an ongoing campaign to ensure that only its version of the news gets published. Continue reading

Jailed Chinese Activist ‘Considers’ Ending Hunger Strike, Requests Transfer

Prominent jailed rights activist Guo Feixiong has requested a transfer to another prison following more than 70 days of hunger strike and ongoing abuse from cellmates, his sister has said. Continue reading

Protest Blogger, Girlfriend Formally Arrested in China’s Yunnan

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan have formally arrested a blogger who compiled detailed lists of protests and his girlfriend, on public order charges, rights groups said. Continue reading