PEN For Freedom (No.1-12)

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12, PDF) 

Chinese students in the west call for transparency over Tiananmen Square

BEIJING, CHINA - 1989/06/01: The "Goddess of Democracy" stands tall amid a huge crowd of flag waving pro-democracy demonstrators in front of the Mao Tse Tung portrait in Tiananmen Square. Art students made the polystyrene and plaster statue in the style of the Statue of Liberty to represent their desire for a more democratic rule in Communist China. Once erected in Tiananmen Square this proved to be the last act of defiance by protestors as a few days later government troops brutally suppressed the democratic movement.. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – 1989/06/01: The “Goddess of Democracy” stands tall amid a huge crowd of flag waving pro-democracy demonstrators in front of the Mao Tse Tung portrait in Tiananmen Square. Art students made the polystyrene and plaster statue in the style of the Statue of Liberty to represent their desire for a more democratic rule in Communist China. Once erected in Tiananmen Square this proved to be the last act of defiance by protestors as a few days later government troops brutally suppressed the democratic movement.. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Group of students at universities in UK, US and Australia issue letter urging China’s government to stop ‘covering up’ truth of 1989 protests
Pro-democracy protesters wave flags in front of the Goddess of Democracy statue in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Photograph: Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images

Emma Graham-Harrison in Beijing

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11.17 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 26 May 2015 19.01 EDT

A group of Chinese students living in western countries have Continue reading

Police Detain Wu Gan, Chinese Activist Known as ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’

cn-01police-articleLargeBy DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW June 01, 2015

The Chinese police have detained Wu Gan, a burly rights activist with a signature bald head and black beard, who supporters say skillfully merges cyberspace and real-life protests but whom authorities have painted in a barrage of articles and reports on state-run television as a morally degenerate troublemaker from a bad family.

The ferocity of attacks in news reports from People’s Daily, Continue reading

China’s Publishers Court America as Its Authors Scorn Censorship

chinabook-articleLargeBy ALEXANDRA ALTER May 29, 2015

Protesters, including some Chinese writers, at the New York Public Library this week while a Chinese publishing delegation attended BookExpo only blocks away.
Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

A few years ago, the Chinese writer Murong Xuecun had the kind of Continue reading

Shanghai Police Hold Artist Who Posted Satirical Photo of China’s President

2015-05-28
imageShanghai artist Dai Jianyong demonstrates the ‘Chrysanthemum Face’ in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of Dai Jianyong
Authorities in Shanghai are holding an outspoken artist and street photographer after he posted satirical images of China’s president online, his lawyer told RFA, Continue reading

China Deletes Editorial Hitting Back at Students’ Tiananmen Letter

2015-05-27
image (67)Students gather at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, April 22, 1989.
AFP
The ruling Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department has ordered the country’s tightly controlled online media to delete an editorial hitting back at a recent open letter from overseas Continue reading

Liao Yiwu : Tamer of Beasts, Tamer of Despots

By Liao Yiwu, translated by Cindy Carter, published: May 24, 2015

My friend Chen Yunfei (陈云飞) has never been of a serious disposition; his mode of dress is, if anything, even less serious. One year on June 4th, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, he was clad from the waist up in a suit and tie, and from the waist down in a pair of short trousers that made it look from afar as if he weren’t wearing any trousers at all. On that anniversary, he climbed into a blood donation truck parked in Continue reading

Tibetan Mother Self-Immolates in China

May 27, 2015 6:42 PM

A Tibetan mother of two set herself on fire Wednesday to protest China’s repressive policies towards Tibetans.

Sangye Tso, 36, self-immolated in front of a Chinese security and re-education building located Continue reading

China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist

Student leader Joshua Wong is scolded by government supporters (L) during a promotional event on electoral reform in Hong Kong, China April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Student leader Joshua Wong is scolded by government supporters (L) during a promotional event on electoral reform in Hong Kong, China April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Tue May 26, 2015 8:19am EDT

KUALA LUMPUR/HONG KONG | BY ANURADHA RAGHU AND SHAN KAO
Student leader Joshua Wong is scolded by government supporters (L) during a promotional event on electoral reform in Hong Kong, China April 25, 2015.
REUTERS/TYRONE SIU

Malaysia on Tuesday denied entry to a prominent teenage Hong Kong activist for a Continue reading