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Ilham Tohti, “Forced Separatism”?

AFTER a two-day trial last week, Ilham Tohti, a scholar who has spoken critically of China’s policies toward people of his Uighur ethnicity, was sentenced on September 23rd to life in prison for separatism. Many Western powers ‘outraged’ after China … Continue reading

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Neither Joke Nor Truth is Allowed

Freedom of expression is likely to be repressed in China when:  one calls for multi-party reform, e.g. Liu Xiaobo;  calls for collective actions, e.g., Zhu Yufu;  comments on sensitive issues, such as the June 4th 1989, Tian’anmen Mothers;  or poses … Continue reading

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Signature Campaign: Support Chen Pingfu, Call for Freedom of Speech in China

With his thin frame, shabby suit and graying hair, Chen Pingfu, who played his violin for handouts on the streets of the northwestern Chinese city of Lanzhou, hardly seemed to be a threat to anyone. But after he wrote a … Continue reading

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Chen Pingfu’s Inciting to Subvert State Power by His Blogposts?

On September 4, 2012, a laid-off math teacher, a blogger, and a street violinist, CHEN Pingfu was accused of inciting to subvert state power at the Lanzhou Intermediate People’s Court in Gansu Province, China.  The accusation was mainly based on … Continue reading

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When Words Become Crime

On 10 February 2012, Zhu Yufu, an activist in Hangzhou was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for an alleged crime of “inciting to subvert state power”.  Hearing the judgement, Zhu’s wife fainted in the court. The sentence was based … Continue reading

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