Chinese Police Arrest Dissident for Online Essays – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times:

Chinese police have detained dissident writer on allegations of “inciting subversion” through online political essays, a U.S.-based group advocating media rights said on Thursday.

Police raided Zhang’s home in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on September 6, detained him and confiscated his computer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement.

Zhang’s most recent online essay, written under the pen-name Li Hong, criticized the government’s treatment of Chinese citizens and journalists two years ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the statement said. [Full Text]

Read more about Aegean Sea, the web community that Zhang Jianhong ran before it was closed down.

Also Reuters’ Amnesty Slams China Over Rights in Olympics Run – Up:

Corinna-Barbara Francis, a China researcher for Amnesty International who monitors Beijing’s human rights record, told Reuters: “We try to remain optimistic but right now we are concerned as we are not seeing the progress we had hoped for.”

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