Dam Expose Author Released on Bail After Public Pressure

Writer Xie Chaoping has been released on bail. From South China Morning Post:

A writer was released yesterday after 29 days in detention for publishing a book exposing government wrongdoing and the plight of migrants during the Sanmen Gorge Dam project in the 1950s.

Xie Chaoping , 55, was granted bail pending trial, with restricted freedom of movement, yesterday after he came to “a thorough understanding of his illegal business with sincere regrets”, a spokesman for the Linwei district police station in Weinan , Shaanxi , told cnwest.com, an official news website under the Shaanxi provincial propaganda department.

Accompanied by his wife and detention house police, Xie completed paperwork for bail in the afternoon, almost a month after plain-clothes officers took him from his rented apartment in Beijing on August 19.

Word of Xie’s release follows news that the printer of Xie’s book has been detained. Also from SCMP:

Zhao Shun, the manager of a printing plant in Jiuzhou township, Langfang , was taken away by policemen from Weinan , Shaanxi, at the weekend, the writer’s lawyer, Zhou Ze , said yesterday.

[...] The detention of the printing house manager has sparked widespread criticism, with many liberal scholars accusing the authorities of acting as if the Cultural Revolution never ended by punishing authors for their opinions.

Caijing also covers Zhou Ze’s detention.

September 17, 2010 5:43 PM
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