China Dissident Writer Faces Subversion Charge

From Reuters:

A dissident Chinese writer in police custody faces trial for inciting subversion as part of an apparent government crackdown on dissent ahead of the Beijing Olympics, three writers’ associations said.

Zhou Yuanzhi, 47, a former tax official, and his wife were taken away by the National Security Bureau of Zhongxiang city in the central province of Hubei on Saturday, PEN centres of the United States, Canada and China which champion ’ freedom of expression said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

The statement, received via e-mail, called Zhou’s detention “another troublesome indication that a crackdown on freedom of expression is under way in China ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games”.

Read also IFJ Deplores Another Arrest of a Writer in China by International Federation of Journalists, and Repression of journalists continues with two more arrests by Reporters Without Borders.

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