From the EastSouthWestNorth blog:
This is an excerpt from the interview of journalist Li Yuanlong written by his lawyer Li Jianqiang (who was procured by the Chinese Independent PEN.
Lawyer: In terms of your thinking, what made you write these essays?
Li: There are three reasons. First, I am a journalist for a party newspapers. I write lies and clichés all day and I feel repressed. I want to be able to say what I think. Second, the reality inside China is about inequality of wealth, corruption of officials, unjust administration of law, restriction of speech, etc. This may be feel that Chinese society should be transformed. As an intellectual, I have the obligation to criticize and expose these phenomena. Third, I was able to obtain some information from overseas through the Internet. I was also influenced by certain liberal intellectuals and my thinking has changed. [Full Text]