Internet Dissidents?

Here’s another example of how internet not only serves as a prime stage for public discussion of sensitive topics in China, but also helped catch international media eyeballs, if not yet the tight-lipped Chinese ones. The New York Times reported that more than 100 prominent Chinese academics, lawyers and liberal thinkers made an online petition to the Chinese government, asking for a definition of freedom of expression in China. The query was prompted by the arrest of a Hubei-based online essayist, a minor government official charged with subversive writings, among which an article calling for release of another jailed online essayist in Beijing. Will this N.Y. Times article help coin the term “internet dissidents”?

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