Whistle-Blower in China Faces Prison – Simon Montlake

The Christian Science Monitor has a report on environmental activist Wu Lihong, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for his attempts to clean up the polluted Lake Tai:

Ojailtime P1Becoming a political or social activist has long been a solitary, sometimes dangerous path in China. The treatment of Wu and other whistle-blowers who expose cases of environmental or public-health failings illuminate the Chinese political system’s deep aversion to bearers of bad news.

And its tolerance for dissenting voices appears to be waning. China’s leaders are gearing up for a crucial twice-a-decade party congress due to be held in October, when factions jostle for power and leaders talk up their achievements. [Full text]

[Image: Wu Lihong, by Reuters via Christian Science Monitor]

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