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...

‘Libelous’ Poster Receives Criminal Sentence (Updated)

Wu Baoquan’s comments towards the government landed him in prison. Roland Soong of ESWN translates a Southern Metropolis Daily article that talks about Wu’s situation, as well as the quieting of his case online:...

Move to Arrest Journalist Sparks Backlash in China – Edward Cody

The Washington Post covers the story of journalist Zhu Wenna, who was followed to Beijing by local officials from Liaoning in an attempt to arrest him for a story that was critical of the local party secretary: On Tuesday, as word of the case filtered out, it prompted national attention, with the news media crying […]

Outrage as China Police Chase Reporter for “Libel”

One of the biggest uproars on the Internet is the story of Zhang Zhiguo’s reaction to a “libellous story.” More from Reuters, via the International Herald Tribune: Police in northeast China have travelled nearly 1,000 km (600 miles) to subpoena a Beijing reporter over a story they say libelled a local Communist Party chief, a […]

The banned book that sold 8m

The Guardian interviews Chen Guidi, author of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (zhongguo nongmin diaocha), who is being sued for libel: “The author says he believes their claims will eventually be vindicated. ‘We can understand if the mainstream media is unable to support us, but we still have some faith in the Chinese legal system. […]

Crackdown on free expression intensifies

Three articles about freedom of expression (or the lack thereof) in China: The South China Morning Post reports that the government has intensified a crackdown on the liberal media in Guangdong by firing Xiao Weibin, the editor-in-chief of Tong Zhou Gong Jin magazine. According to the article, “In August, the magazine published an interview with […]

Chinese Court Backs Media, Raises Hopes

From today’s LA Times: “In a case that could bolster free speech in China, a court in the southern city of Guangzhou ruled Monday that a magazine did not commit libel when it wrote that a well-connected real estate developer was in financial straits. As China’s media have become more aggressive in recent years, powerful […]

New documents on libel suit against peasants’ book authors

Eswn has translated two new documents on the lawsuit against the authors of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查): The defendants’ summation statement and an interview with the plaintiff. The two authors, Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, recently won the prestigious Lettre Ulysses award in Germany.

Authors brought to trial for book about peasants

The South China Morning Post has reported that the libel trial against the authors of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry has opened in Anhui Province: “A court in Anhui has begun hearing a libel case against the authors of a best-selling book which exposed the plight of peasants in China. The claim has been brought […]



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