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China Reissues Charges Against Citizen Journalist

Wang Jing

Chinese citizen journalist Wang Jing (2nd from R) denies charges that she posted reports about petitioners on the Sichuan-based rights website Tianwang and other sites, which caused a ‘serious disruption to public order.’ Photo courtesy of Tianwang

Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin have indicted a citizen journalist who reported on the self-immolation of a petitioner on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” paving the way for a second trial at a district court, her lawyer said. Continue reading

Disappearance of 5 Tied to Publisher Prompts Broader Worries in Hong Kong


05china2-master675HONG KONG — The recent disappearance of five men tied to a publisher of provocative books about China’s top leaders has alarmed many people in this semiautonomous city, some who fear that the historic agreement guaranteeing the former British colony its separate government and legal system may have been dealt a severe blow. Continue reading

Germany’s Angela Merkel Meets With Rights Activists, Dissidents During China Trip


image (3)Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping speak to reporters in Beijing, Oct. 29, 2015.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrapped up a two-day visit to China on Friday after meeting with nine human rights activists and political dissidents.

The Chancellor, who is currently under fire in Europe over her open-border policy on refugees, met with a group that included human rights lawyers, writers, and bloggers at the German Embassy in Beijing on Thursday evening, Bloomberg reported.

They told her that the human rights situation in China Continue reading

Teen Son of Detained Rights Lawyer ‘Taken Away’ From Myanmar Guesthouse



Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu poses during an interview in Hong Kong, March 20, 2014.
Authorities in Myanmar have detained the teenage son of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Yu in a murky cross-border operation after he was denied permission Continue reading

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


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

Veteran Chinese Democracy Activist Seeks Political Asylum in Taiwan

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Chinese activist Gong Yujian displays a document from his 1994 imprisonment in undated photo.
A veteran Chinese dissident who served time in labor camp in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has defected to Taiwan during a tourist visit to the democratic island.

Gong Yujian, who began a life of political activism after being heavily influenced by the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing, said he had made the decision Continue reading

Joshua Wong: ‘We had no clear goals’ in Hong Kong protests

_84591219_gettyimages-456423004By Juliana Liu Hong Kong correspondent, BBC News

2 August 2015

Wherever Joshua Wong goes in Hong Kong, the teenage political activist is instantly recognised.

In the space of just half an hour in the Admiralty district, two young professionals and a group of middle-aged women greet him warmly, asking to pose for photos with him on their mobile phones.

But when I ask for permission to snap them jointly for a news story, Continue reading

Fears For Hong Kong’s Independent Publishers After China Book Chain Takeover


Aimage (43) woman distributes newspapers in Hong Kong, Feb. 13, 2014.

The recent takeover by Beijing’s representative office in Hong Kong of a key publishing house has sparked fears of a widening ideological assault by the ruling Chinese Continue reading