Prison of the Mind-A Chinese poet’s memoir of incarceration.
There are other tortures, too, meted out in a more improvised manner. Liao Yiwu, in his extraordinary prison memoir, “For a Song and a Hundred Songs” (translated from the Chinese by Wenguang Huang; New Harvest), describes the case of a schizophrenic woodcutter who had axed his own wife, because she was so emaciated that he took her for a bundle of wood. The cell boss spikes the woodcutter’s broth with a laxative, and then refuses to let him use the communal toilet bucket, with the result that the desperate man shits all over a fellow-inmate.
Mongolian Dissident Hada Denied ID Card, Bank Account After Interview
Veteran rights activist Hada, 60, was released from extrajudicial detention in December, four years after his 15-year jail term for "separatism" and "espionage" ended, with numerous health conditions developed during his sentence.
Hong Kong Journalist Held in Wenzhou Over Church Demolition Reporting
Jiang Yannan, a reporter for the Hong Kong-based Chinese-language news magazine Asiaweek told RFA's Mandarin Service that she was detained briefly in Pingyang county near Wenzhou, a city that has been dubbed "China's Jerusalem" because of a high concentration of Christian believers there.
Hong Kong Editor, Attacked Last Year, Expresses Hope for Future of News Media
On Friday, Mr. Lau, still using crutches and hobbling almost a year after he was attacked, spoke about the future of the news media in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s closer ties with mainland China came with great risks, he said, but he also expressed hope in the future of new forms of media and in the public’s commitment to press freedom.
China harassing and imprisoning Chinese working for foreign news outlets
Reporting from China has become increasingly difficult and harrowing in recent years for both Chinese and foreign media, with a sweeping crackdown on press freedom since China’s President Xi Jinping took power.
China leads the world in media corruption, says expert
Back on October 22, 2014, Zhan Jiang took part in an online discussion at about media corruption, its causes and possible solutions. The website published the full text of Zhan’s interview yesterday.
China Extends Custody, Probe of Human Rights Lawyer
“The recent progress is the police department’s supplementary investigation has been completed," Mo said. "This is the second time [they have] sent the case file to the [prosecutors]. In two days, we will go to examine the case file, and we will meet Pu Zhiqiang very soon.”
Chinese Activist Denied Lawyer, Family Visits, Health Status Unknown
Chen said he now plans to file a lawsuit against the Foshan police department. "Su Changlan's brother has gone to make photocopies, and then we will submit it to the Nanhai District People's Court [on Friday]," he said.
Chinese Men Outnumber Women by 33 Million After Decades of Gender Bias
"The gender ratio at birth is still dangerously high, with 115.88 boys born to every 100 girls in 2014," the official Xinhua news agency reported. The figures compare with a global average of 103 to 107 boys to every 100 girls.
Chinese Activist Faces Deportation After Escape to Meet Husband in Vietnam
"I have to be deported back to China according to their laws, and I was ... informed today that I will be fined four million dong (U.S. $187)," said Liu, who was still on the Vietnamese side of the border when she spoke to RFA.
Shanghai New Year’s Crush Probe Calls For Sacking of 'Poorly Prepared' Officials
A total of 49 people were injured in the disaster, which occurred shortly before midnight on Dec. 31 as crowds gathered on Shanghai's iconic riverfront to welcome in the New Year, prompting the investigation, along with a nationwide review of safety standards.
China police 'shoot two Uighurs trying to enter Vietnam'
Sunday's shooting comes after recent reports of other attempts made by Uighurs, who are Chinese nationals who mostly live in the far western region of Xinjiang, to cross from China into neighbouring countries.
China's Legal Profession Had 'Worst Year Ever' in 2014
"The past year has been distinctly bad for a band of crusading lawyers, who for the past decade or so, since their movement first emerged, have described their mission as 'weiquan,' or 'safeguarding rights,'" CHRD researcher Frances Eve wrote in a commentary article emailed to RFA.
Hong Kong Lawmakers Slam Renewed Talk of Security, Subversion Law
Hundreds of thousands of protesters who marched feared the bill would erode civil liberties and media freedoms after promises from Beijing that these would remain unchanged following the 1997 handover ending more than a century of British rule in the territory.
Chang Ping:The Looming Shadow of the Case against Pu Zhiqiang
Some well-known lawyers and legal scholars did not sidestep their anger about the government’s crackdown on human rights lawyers. He Weifang (贺卫方), a law professor at Peking University, wrote: “The government is righting legal abuses with one hand and creating more with the other. There can be no greater folly or moral rot!”
Hong Kong's Chalk Girl Released From Protection Order
The girl, who can't be named for legal reasons, but who has been dubbed Chalk Girl, sparked fears that the police were trying to send a political message over the 79-day Umbrella Movement that occupied key roads in Hong Kong in a campaign for fully democratic elections in the former British colony.
Chang Ping:Zhang Miao Receives “Treatment Reserved for Chinese Citizens”
Köckritz’s article is rife with information, including dark humor. For example, “From the beginning, it has said that Occupy Central is a ‘color revolution’ backed by foreign powers. Its argument would be more credible if it could produce a suspected spy. Maybe me?”
Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang's death anniversary
The former Communist Party leader was under constant house arrest until his death in 2005, and his name is still rarely mentioned in official circles.The mourners took flowers and bowed low before photographs of Mr Zhao, in what appeared to be an impromptu ceremony.
Chinese News Assistants React to Colleague’s Arrest
News assistant #1: Imagine African gazelles watching their mates cross a crocodile-invested river that they themselves had waded across just a short while ago. Imagine their horror when they look back as one of their mates first flounces and wails, then gets drowned and devoured. […]
Hong Kong Police Question Student Leaders Over Pro-Democracy Protests
Agnes Chow, Derek Lam and Oscar Lai from the academic activist group Scholarism arrived at police headquarters in the semi-autonomous Chinese city to the sound of pro-democracy slogans chanted by supporters holding aloft yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Umbrella Movement for fully democratic elections in the former British colony.
Forced 'Psychiatric Care' For China's Government Critics Now Endemic: Report
In the past year, authorities have increasingly used the tactic against rights activists and dissidents as a way of imposing indefinite periods of detention on them without the need for a trial, the Hubei-based Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch group said in its annual report.
Tsering Woeser:Zuckerberg Is Not Exactly Being Honest about Defending Freedom of Expression
“We stood up for this because different voices — even if they’re sometimes offensive — can make the world a better and more interesting place,” he wrote. “[W]e never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world. …This is what we all need to reject — a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world. I won’t let that happen on Facebook. I’m committed to building a service where you can speak freely without fear of violence.”
Five Held After Land Dispute Clashes in China's Sichuan
More than 100 police and security guards were sent to the scene, where they set upon the protesters, beating them and detaining five of them.
China arrests 10 Turks who may have helped terror suspects: Global Times
Hundreds of people have been killed in resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence in the past two years between the Muslim Uighur people and ethnic majority Han Chinese.
Prominent 1989ers Voice Support for Yu Shiwen, Detained for Commemorating the Tiananmen Movement
On February 2nd, 2014, Yu Shiwen, Chen Wei, and a group of Henan-based citizens held a memorial in Hua County, Henan provicnce (河南滑县), to remember Zhao Ziyang, Hu Yaobang and those who died during the June 4th massacre in 1989. After the memorial, Yu Shiwen sent photos to overseas Chinese websites and was interviewed by Radio Free Asia. But they were not arrested until shortly before the June 4th anniversary on charges of “picking quarrels and creating disturbances,” likely a result of Chinese authorities’ nervousness leading up to the anniversary.
Pan-Democrats Stage Protest As Hong Kong's Leader Warns of Anarchy
As Leung entered the Legislative Council chamber for the first time since the 79-day Occupy Central pro-democracy movement began, more than 20 pan-democratic lawmakers came in holding yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the movement, and carrying banners which read: "C.Y. Leung resign," and "I want genuine universal suffrage," before walking out as Leung waited to begin.
Mongolian Herders Travel To Beijing Amid Grassland Dispute With Army
"The Beijing Military Command District [of the PLA] took over our grazing lands starting in 2011, and by June 2012 we had all moved out," said Altanhuala, a herder from the banner—the administrative equivalent of a county.
Anger at Officials’ Expensive Meal Before Deadly Shanghai Stampede
No detail was more revelatory, though, than where local leaders dined that night. The magazine reported that, shortly before the deadly stampede, officials from the Huangpu district government ate at an expensive Japanese restaurant, where the price of a meal that night began at 1,888 renminbi, or about $300.
China Shutters 'Illegal' Websites, Vows to Step up Real-Name Registration
A total 24 websites, nine channels, or columns, and 17 public WeChat accounts were shuttered because they had "published fake news or information relating to gambling and fraud, posted pornographic content, and issued unauthorized news items without being qualified to do so," it said.
Q. and A.: Jimmy Lai on the Democracy Movement in Hong Kong
For his anti-Communist views, and the muckraking and sometimes paparazzi style of journalism he endorses, Mr. Lai has come under frequent attack in Hong Kong — verbally, politically, online and physically. That includes the firebombing early Monday morning of the entrances to his home and to Next Media’s offices, carried out by unidentified assailants who appeared to have thrown Molotov cocktails.