China Jails Rights Lawyer Yu Wensheng For Four Years in Secret Trial

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on June 17, 2020 By Ng Yik-tung and Sing Man Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu have handed a four-year jail term to human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng on subversion charges.Yu was sentenced by Jiangsu’s Xuzhou Intermediate People’s Court after it found him guilty of “incitement (read more…)

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Karm Gilespie: government appeals to China over fate of Australian man sentenced to death

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Originally published by The Guardian on June 15, 2020 The Australian man sentenced to death in China over alleged drug trafficking has been the subject of repeated Australian government representations, Scott Morrison said on Monday. It comes as the family of the man, Karm Gilespie, released a statement pleading for privacy, (read more…)

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Zoom shuts accounts of activists holding Tiananmen Square and Hong Kong events

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Originally published by The Guardian on June 11, 2020 Three prominent human rights activists have accused Zoom of disrupting or shutting down their accounts because they were linked to events to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre or were to discuss China’s measures to exert control over Hong Kong. Lee (read more…)

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China shock: US businesses fear impact of controversial Chinese laws on Hong Kong

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Originally published by Express on June 3, 2020 Politicians in the region are due to resume a debate today on a bill which could, among other things, make it illegal to disrespect China’s national anthem. A survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) showed that over 53 percent (read more…)

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Chinese Journalist Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Publishing Negative Information About Communist Party

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Originally published by Newsweek on May 1, 2020 Chinese journalist Chen Jieren was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday, for publishing negative information about China’s Communist Party. According to the South China Morning Post, a court in the central Hunan province released a statement which said that (read more…)

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China journalist Chen Jieren jailed as free-speech clampdown intensifies

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Originally published by AFP on May 15, 2020 by Patrick Baert A journalist who had worked for some of China’s most powerful propaganda outlets has been jailed for 15 years after being accused of attacking the ruling Communist Party, court documents showed. The sentence handed down on Chen Jieren is one (read more…)

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Hong Kong police violence curtails the freedom of assembly and the press

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Originally published by HKFP on May 16, 2020 By Leo Lan A 12-year-old boy who aspired to be a journalist went to cover the protests in Hong Kong on Mother’s Day. He found himself surrounded and scoffed at by police officers in full gear. Citizens in this city are shocked (read more…)

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Coronavirus crackdown: China arrests professor who linked COVID-19 to Communist party

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Originally published by Express on May 5, 2020 Chen Zhaozhi was detained for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” – a charge frequently used by authorities to gag peaceful critics of the ruling party. Mr Chen is a former professor at the Beijing University of Science and Technology. Police swooped (read more…)

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Media Advocates Urge West to Resist China’s Censorship After EU Letter Controversy

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Originally published by VOA News on May 8, 2020 Press freedom advocates say China’s censorship of a letter co-authored by 27 European Union ambassadors that contained a reference to the origins of the coronavirus is another example of how the lack of press freedom in the country has caused problems for the (read more…)

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Government targets academic critics of COVID-19 response

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Originally published by University World News on May 12, 2020 Two Chinese academics are under investigation by their universities and a third has been arrested in recent weeks for criticising the handling of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown in China. COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, at (read more…)

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Analysis: China’s ‘disappeared’ corona heroes in ‘total censorship era’

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Originally published by WORLD ISRAEL NEWS on May 17, 2020 They were evidently “disappeared” because they were searching for, and telling the truth about, what happened, as well as the Chinese regime’s attempt to bury it. By Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute Three Chinese internet activists have disappeared and are believed to (read more…)

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Shanghai Police Hold Lawyer-Turned-Blogger Who Reported From Wuhan

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on May 18, 2020 Police from Shanghai have detained a lawyer-turned-citizen journalist who reported on the emerging coronavirus epidemic in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Zhang Zhan, who lives in Shanghai but who traveled to Wuhan in early February, was taken away from (read more…)

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