Minitrue: Review of Death Penalty for Two Convicts

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Republish “Review of Death Sentence Given to Zhou Junhui and Qin Xing for Forced Prostitution” and related authoritative information, but do not hype the article. The media must not continue follow-up reporting. (June 12, 2014)

周军辉、秦星强迫卖淫等死刑复核一案》及有关消息转载权威消息来源不炒作,媒体不要继续追踪报道。

The Supreme People’s Court has overturned the death sentences for two convicted of forcing a young girl into prositution in 2006. Tang Hui, the mother of the girl, will seek retrial, according to the lawyer Si Weijing (not her lawyer in this case).

Tang Hui was sent to a re-education through labor camp after she petitioned for harsher penalties for the kidnap and rape of her daughter, who was just 11 years old when she was forced into prostitution. The detention of the “petitioning mother” caused national outrage, leading to her early release and helping to put an end to re-education through labor last year.

The article mentioned in the propaganda directive is available on BBS forum Tianya [Chinese]. It was apparently published in the Legal Daily, although a search for the headline on the Legal Daily’s website returns no results. Searches for “Tang Hui,” “Zhou Junhui,” “Qin Xing,” and “forced prostitution” have no results on the site, either.

CDT collects directives from a variety of sources and checks them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

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