Gady A. Epstein: Chinese dissenters face jail for ‘state secrets’ violations

From baltimoresun.com: Vague, catchall term is used to punish activists

Languishing in a prison cell in Beijing, unable to see his lawyer or his family since his detention in September, is , a journalist who infuriated Chinese authorities with his strident and persistent advocacy for peasants’ rights.

But that’s supposedly not why he is in jail.

Consigned to a Shanghai prison cell is , a lawyer who similarly infuriated authorities for fighting on behalf of urban residents being forced from their homes by a rich developer and his well-placed friends in city government.

Thanks to Yong Liu for providing this link through del.icio.us

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