Ran Yunfei

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan Hopes for Liu Xiaobo’s Freedom

In a press conference on Friday, Nobel Literature prizewinner Mo Yan gave an unexpected expression of support for fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned winner of the 2010 Peace Prize. Mo’s statement has dampened...

Amended Criminal Procedure Law Passes, 2,639 to 160

The National People’s Congress has passed a controversial amendment to China’s Criminal Procedure Law which will, if faithfully implemented, strengthen suspects’ rights in ordinary—i.e. non-political—cases. But...

Ran Yunfei: “I’m Just My Own Running Dog.”

In an interview with The New York Review of Books, blogger and classicist Ran Yunfei discusses a broad range of issues: the unruliness of his native Sichuan, his detention last year, self-immolation, religion, education, the...

Chen Wei Sentenced to 9 Years for Online Essays (Updated)

Sichuan dissident writer Chen Wei is to stand trial in Suining on Friday, pleading not guilty to charges of inciting subversion of state power. (See update below.) From Reuters: Chen, 42, was one of hundreds of dissidents,...

"We Want to Shame You": Details of Ai Weiwei's Detention

Details of Ai Weiwei’s experiences in detention have emerged for the first time, adding to remarks the artist recently made to a reporter for Hong Kong’s Apple Daily. From The New York Times: The sergeants were never...

Blogger Ran Yunfei Released After 6 Months

Ran Yunfei has been released almost six months after his arrest in Chengdu on February 19th. From the Associated Press: Ran Yunfei was among the first detained amid the government’s recent expansive crackdown on dissent....

Quotations from Ran Yunfei (Part One)

A new website run by native Chinese speakers aims to translate the writing of Ran Yunfei. Ran is a blogger and activist who was imprisoned on charges of inciting subversion in March 2011. From the most recent post: 1....

China’s Crackdown Continues (Updated)

While it appears that Chinese-Australian writer Yang Henjun is or soon will be a free man, the stream of reprisals against other critics of the government continues. The New York Times reports on the formal charging of Chen Wei,...

Yang Hengjun Free? (And Who Is He?)

Word is spreading on Twitter that Yang Hengjun has been released following his apparent detention on Sunday. His situation, however, remains unclear. When asked about his detention, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang...

Ran Yunfei: “Domestic Microblogs Exist to Die in Battle”

ChinaGeeks translates a new post by Ran Yunfei about the state of microblogging in China: […] Twitter and domestic microblogs do not broadcast in parallel, but are more like a sealed lake that is always full of water (sealed-off...

China’s Troublemakers Bond Over ‘Drinking Tea’

AP’s Cara Anna reports from Beijing: Like the United States, China is having its own tea party movement, but this one has a very different agenda. Police have long tried to shush and isolate potential activists, usually...



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