Netizen Jailed for 8 days for Mocking Local Government

From Oiwan Lam of Global Voices Advocacy:

A 24 year-old netizen was jailed for 8 days for posting pictures that mocked at illegal land requisition in Ningbao county in 6 March.

Latest update on 17 of April from http://news.jinghua.cn/351/c/200904/17/n2528699.shtml>jinhua.cn via sz7 in the comment: Henan province police chief apologized to Wang and he was given state compensation. And a case has been set up and the land requisition is currently under investigation.

The post is title as “Great tactics for fighting drought in Ningbao village!”. In the post, the netizen pasted a mainstream report that Ningbao government has collected RMB 5.4 million to fight drought. Then the pictures showed local government’s ridiculous tactics in fighting drought, including giving bonus to shepherds who brought their herds to eat sprouts, cutting down all the fruit trees, turning off the water pumps and etc. According to land requisition law, the compensation for land with crops and trees is much higher than abandoned land.

April 17, 2009 6:55 PM
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