As Grip of Censors Endures in China, A Satirical Poem Leads to Jail Time – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post:
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All his life, Qin Zhongfei has been an ardent reader, a lover of literature and an amateur poet. But the drama he lived in this little mountain town, Qin said, has taught him that putting his thoughts into verse can be dangerous in China.

…Qin, 31, spent a month in jail on criminal charges because of a poem he wrote satirizing local officials accused of >corruption. He was released only after several out-of-town newspaper articles related his fate and the central government in Beijing stepped in to halt the prosecution.

What happened to Qin, a mild bureaucrat in the county education department, was by any measure an abuse of power by local authorities here in the remote and wooded hills of central China. But more broadly, it was a vivid reminder of the Communist Party’s enduring determination to control information and opinion among China’s 1.3 billion people. [Full Text]

Read a blogger’s Follow-up to the Qin Zhongfei case.

View the original Chinese report here.

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