Chinese Author Xie Chaoping Detained After Book Criticizes Dam Project

Xie Chaoping (谢朝平) has been detained for nearly two weeks on charges of “illegal business activities.” Xie had collected information regarding forced relocations by the Sanmen dam prior to his detention. From the Guardian:

Chinese police have detained an author for almost a fortnight following the publication of his book about forced relocations in the 1950s, his daughter said.

Officers said they were holding Xie Chaoping, a former journalist, for “illegal business activities” after detaining him at his home in Beijing on 19 August, said Li Mo.

Li said her father had just paid for the publication of his book, The Great Migration, which is about the construction of the Sanmen dam on the Yellow river.

The book charts the struggles of hundreds of thousands of people relocated due to the project, and reportedly accuses authorities in Weinan, Shaanxi province, of embezzling money meant to compensate those affected.

A cartoon image of Xie Chaoping, via Mop. In Xie’s hand is a copy of his book, The Great Migration. Affixed to the top of his head are the words “suspected of illegal business activities.” The attached tag reads “Shaanxi police.”

Read more about the case at Southern Weekend (CN).

September 5, 2010 12:31 AM
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