Lawyer Charged With Inciting Subversion of the State as Crackdown Continues

Chinese authorities charged lawyer Tang Jingling with “inciting subversion of the state.” Tang has represented villagers fighting local corruption and land expropriation. He also founded a nonviolent civil disobedience organization in 2006. Following his detention last month, Tang was initially charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Charging Tang with the more serious charge of “inciting subversion of the state” indicates that authorities intend to issue a lengthy prison term.

China Jails Anti-Corruption Activists As Part Of A Continuing Campaign To Stifle Criticism

On June 19th BBC News reported that the Chinese government has jailed three anti-corruption activists. Wei Zhongping and Liu Ping who are associated with the Chinese New Citizens Movement, were both given six-and-a-half year jail sentences while the third activist, Li Sihua received a shorter sentence. According to the article, police detained the three activists after they took photographs with banners urging officials to disclose their assets.

At Least Four Released From Detention Following Tiananmen Anniversary Crackdown

Authorities released artist Guo Jian and dissident writers Liu Di, Hu Shigen, and Xu Youyu following the passage of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Police detained Guo, a former soldier and later protester during the 1989 movement, in response to a work of art he created and displayed in his private studio depicting Tiananmen Square covered in raw minced pork.

Chinese Authorities Initiate Censorship Campaign Targeting Popular Microblog

On Tuesday, Chinese authorities announced plans to conduct a censorship campaign targeting users of the popular microblogging service “WeChat.” WeChat, which allows users to send messages to predefined, limited groups of subscribers, has a emerged as a primary means for activists to share information following the

Freedom House Annual Censorship Report: China Among World's Most Restrictive

In its annual report on global press freedom, Freedom House characterized China’s media censorship environment as “one of the world’s most restrictive.” China’s dismal rating stems from recent campaigns to crackdown on dissent through deleting politically sensitive comments on blogs and social media platforms, exerting tremendous editorial control over state-run media outlets, imposing harsh criminal penalties for spreading rumors online, intimidating and effectively depor