Trial Updates Offer Little in the Way of Justice

In the span of a week, court cases targeting individuals from a variety of backgrounds have demonstrated the repressive and arbitrary nature of the Chinese judicial system. Journalists, activists, intellectuals, and monks from...

The Retrial of Wu Baoquan

Southern Metropolis News gives an update on the case against Wu Baoquan, who was sentenced on libel charges after expressing support online for farmers fighting local officials over land rights. ESWN translates: In July, the...

Recent Defamation Cases and Abuse of Local Power

In a number of recent cases, local officials have brought defamation or libel charges against citizens who criticized them. In discussing these cases on their blogs and in their writing, Chinese journalists and academics have...

Taiwan’s Ex-President Rejects Defamation Charges

From AFP: Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian on Monday insisted he was not guilty of defamation claims brought against him, as opponents of the pro-independence leader protested outside the courthouse. Chen, who...

China’s Feudal County Cadres: “Defamed” and Dangerous – David Bandurski

On China Media Project, David Bandurski writes about how local county officials use their unrestrained power to bring “defamation” claims against their critics: While counties are beyond the gravitational pull of the center in Beijing, and sufficiently far from provincial centers of power, their leaders have comprehensive sets of public tools at their disposal — […]

Three cadres from Jishan, Shanxi punished for reporting questionable activities by local county secretary – Southern Metropolis Daily

The Peering into the Interior blog has translated an article from Southern Metropolis Daily (original Chinese here) “which details how the government went about prosecuting with vigilance three mid-level party cadres who accused the local secretary of “losing the will of the people” after selling land for real estate development when it was was intended […]

Journalist in Landmark Defamation Court Case – Raymond Li

Here is the second case reported this week of legal action taken by a journalist in China against a government official or agency. From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: A senior Beijing-based journalist has taken the Qitaihe municipal government Office of Law and Order and its director, Liu Mingying, to court in […]



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