Future of Chinese dissident unclear

From Radio Australia:

Chinese dissident writer Zhang Lin has pleaded innocent to charges of subversion, saying his Internet postings should be protected by freedom of speech.

His lawyer, Mo Shaoping has told AFP newsagency, the state’s evidence is based on six articles that Zhang Lin wrote and one interview he gave to the press.

Zhang has been tried at a court in his home town of Bengbu city, but there is no indication of when the verdict will be delivered.

Mr Mo says one article cited as evidence of subversive writing includes the lyrics to a Chinese punk song.

The prosecution maintains that Zhang’s Internet essays “damage national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, spread falsehoods, disturb social order and damage social stability.”

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