Monthly Archives: 八月 2015

MURONG XUECUN: Scaling China’s Great Firewall

By MURONG XUECUN August 21, 2015

In the fall of 2011, a friend and I got on to discussing Tibet. “Do you know,” he said, “that Tibetans are setting fire to themselves?”

I had spent from 2005 to 2008 in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, but I had never heard of acts of self-immolation. My friend filled me in on the ghastly details, Continue reading

Guozhen Xiao:Activist Guo Feixiong Held 743 Days Without Yard Time

China Change, published: August 21, 2015

We believe that this is a deliberate effort to harm Guo Feixiong and kill him slowly.

(Subtitles provided by @WLYeung and @awfan )

Chinese democracy activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄, also known by his original name, Yang Maodong 杨茂东) has now been held in Guangzhou’s Tianhe Detention Center for 743 days since his detention on August 8, 2013, Continue reading

Beijing Court Extends Detention of Top Rights Lawyer by Three Months

2015-08-20

image (48)Pu Zhiqiang (front right) attends a seminar about the Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing, May 3, 2014.
Photo courtesy of CHRD

Authorities in China’s capital Beijing have again extended the detention of top rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, this time by three months, his attorney confirmed Thursday, adding that Pu has been suffering from health problems during his incarceration.

Pu Zhiqiang, 50, was indicted on May 15 Continue reading

China Holds More Than 15,000 For Alleged Cyber Crime: Police

2015-08-19

Chinese police have arrested more than 15,000 people to date for cyber crimes, including hacking and fraud, while activists said the crackdown is also linked to the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing war on online public opinion.

“More than 15,000 criminal suspects were detained in investigations of more than 7,400 Internet crimes by police departments and agencies,” the country’s ministry of public Continue reading

Hong Kong Student Activists Charged Over 2014 Protests

5722EB9A-0458-4BEB-AD99-8248CF5FE231_w640_r1_sStudent leaders Joshua Wong (L-R), Lester Shum and Alex Chow attend a rally at the Occupy Central protest site outside the Legislative Council at Admiralty in Hong Kong, Dec. 10, 2014.

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Two student activists in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement have been charged with their involvement in last year’s Occupy protest against Chinese rule.

Alex Chow, 25, former leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, and Joshua Wong, 18, head of the student activist group, Scholarism, Continue reading

China Jails Dissident Over Tianjin Blast Death Toll Retweet

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Shen Liangqing, April 2010.
Photo courtesy of Shen Liangqing

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui have jailed veteran activist and whistle-blower Shen Liangqing on public order charges after he retweeted a social media post about last week’s devastating warehouse explosions in Tianjin, his relatives told RFA.

Former state-prosecutor-turned-whistle-blower Shen Liangqing, who wrote a book detailing abuses under the <!–more–>ruling Chinese Communist Party’s internal disciplinary regime, was handed a nine-day administrative sentence by police in the provincial capital, Hefei.

“He went downstairs to buy groceries, and when he came back, I saw three police officers following him,” Shen’s son Shen Li said in an interview on Wednesday.

“He took out his cell phone and gave it to me, so they didn’t confiscate it,” he said. “Then they left.”

He said police had told him his father was being detained on suspicion of “fabricating facts and disturbing public order.”

“He called me [on Tuesday] and told me to bring him some clothes and other items to the Wuhu Road police station,” Shen Li said. “When I went there, he gave me the administrative detention notice.”

According to the notice, Shen Liangqing retweeted a post on a social media platform on Aug. 15, 2015 which said that at least 1,400 people had died in the Tianjin explosions, while more than 700 were still missing.

“This information was not accurate,” the notice said.

Charges ‘unfair’

Shen Li said the charges against his father, a former prosecutor at the Hefei municipal procuratorate, were unfair.

“I don’t think it amounts to fabricating information if you are just retweeting something,” Shen Li said.

“The reason the tweet was not accurate was a lack of openness and transparency on the part of the government,” he added.

China’s propaganda ministry has ordered the country’s tightly controlled media outlets to stick to officially approved news stories, which put the death toll in Tianjin at 114.

Tweets and social media messages linked to the disaster initially gave a real-time glimpse of the two devastating explosions and their aftermath, but were later tracked down and deleted by China’s Internet censors.

China’s draconian Internet agency, the Cyberspace Administration, said it had suspended more than 360 social media accounts since the blasts rocked Tianjin.

Shen Li said if anyone was held responsible, it should be the original poster of the offending tweet.

“I don’t think that retweeting on its own should be a crime,” he said. “Rumors only emerge because the government is closed and secretive. If they were more transparent, they wouldn’t circulate.”

An officer who answered the phone at the Wuhu Road police station in Hefei declined to comment on Shen’s case.

“I don’t know about this,” the officer said.

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182. CHEN YONGZHOU (released)

Chen YongzhouPenname                      

Sex                               Male

Birth date                1986-08

Birth place               Jiazi Town, Lufeng City, Guangdong Province

Resident place         Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province

Education                  BA in Humanities at Guangzhou University Continue reading

Chinese Rights Websites Hit by Suspected Hacker Attack, Great Firewall Blockade

2015-08-18

A rights and citizen journalism website based in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan said its operations have been paralyzed by a hacker attack on Tuesday, while a second site said its domain name is once more blocked on China’s tightly controlled Internet.

Activist Huang Qi, who founded the Tianwang website, Continue reading