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Tiananmen 25: Tight Controls On Square and Online

The weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on Wednesday were marked by an unprecedented campaign of detentions, house arrests, forced or restricted travel, intimidation and surveillance. Those...

A Blogger’s Tale: The Stainless Steel Mouse – James Borton

From Asia Times: Detained in solitary confinement for more than a year, Liu Di, 23, a post-graduate psychology student at Beijing Normal University, learned a lesson the hard way about the dangers of participatory journalism or blogging in China. Finally released from Qincheng Prison, she has resumed her university studies. News articles revealed that her […]

A Trip Through China’s Twilight Zone (Story of Liu Di)

Philip Pan has written a very good piece in the Washington Post about Liu Di’s search for the man who she fears may be a government informer who turned her into police two years ago: “Liu was bewildered by the conflicting information. Over a quiet dinner one night, her father proposed a theory: Li might […]

Cyber dissidents rattle China’s thought police

In an article about government control of the Internet, the Globe and Mail interviews Liu Di, the “Stainless Steel Mouse” and gives an update on writer Du Daobin: “Ms. Liu is now a major player in an intense tug of war between China’s police-state apparatus and a growing number of politically astute Internet users who […]

A Chinese Bookworm Raises Her Voice in Cyberspace

The “Stainless Steel Mouse” is on the Saturday Profile of New York Times. Jim Yardley told us about the recent condition of Liu Di, eight months after the release. She is “upgraded” to “Titanium Alloy Mouse” now. ……Ms. Liu has resumed writing. Several months ago, she signed an online petition calling for the release of […]

Bloggers, BBS and The Rising Tide of Internet Public Opinion

Asia Times just had an article called “A blogger’s tale: The Stainless Steel Mouse.” Strictly speaking, Liu Di, the Stainless Steel Mouse, is a online writer, not a blogger. She did not have a weblog and most of her writing appeared in online forums and bulletin boards (BBS). I recently wrote a short essay about […]

CPJ statement on Liu Di and Du Daobin

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the release of Internet writer Liu Di but is gravely concerned that another Internet essayist, Du Daobin, has been charged with “subversion” and remains in jail. See news alert here.

Stainless Steel Mouse Freed

Liu Di was arrested in China one year ago after she “allegedly criticized the jailing of prominent Internet dissident Huang Qi.” In all that time she was never formally charged of any crime. On November 28th, she was finally released from jail along with Wu Yiran and Li Yibin, also detained for cyber dissidence. Some […]

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