Plainclothes henchmen attacked journalists from two European news organizations on Wednesday as they investigated land grab protests that began earlier this month in the Zhejiang village of Panhe, according to Shanghaiist:...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 30, 2010
China Media Project fellow Xiao Shu comments on the investigation into private security company Anyuanding, which has been accused of detaining petitioners in Beijing “black jails” on behalf of local governments:...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 20, 2010
A teenager who has been sentenced to death for killing a corrupt and violent local Party official has gained the support of villagers, with 20,000 people petitioning the court for a lighter sentence. AP reports: The murder trial...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 6, 2009
AP reports on the beating of a journalist by security guards while investigating a death in Guangzhou: A Chinese journalist was checking out a tip that police had discovered a woman’s body this week when he was stopped by...
Video: Violence and Demolition of Homes in Yingbei Village, Weifangkuiwen District, Shandong Province
by Xiao Qiang | Jul 9, 2008
The following video clip is spreading through Chinese cyberspace right now. The clip shows the village head together with a group of thugs beating up villagers who refuse to leave their homes which will be demolished for a...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 28, 2007
Shanghaiist reports on a recent violent attack against NGO workers who support the legal rights of migrant workers: Two weeks ago, when we told you that China’s new labour law was going to be a big, big thing, we had no idea it would also be the cause of some serious blood-letting. Local gangs and […]
by Michael Zhao | Oct 18, 2007
APP, a leading paper maker, has run into a lot of problems with its aggressive, environmentally controversial paper-pulp tree swaps in Yunnan and Hainan. Now it’s having a problem of another kind, fighting thugs that steal its trees. Translated by CDT from Green China magazine: One night in July this year, some forest patrol officers […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 2, 2007
Hundreds of migrant workers protesting over unpaid wages in Guangdong Province were beaten by thugs hired by their company, according to news reports. The AP is reporting that one protester was killed while Xinhua says no-one was killed but one man is in critical condition. From BBC: Nearly 300 workers went on strike last Friday […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 19, 2007
From Spiegel Online: China’s newly rich have become the targets of shady executives and a gangster underworld. Businessmen occasionally hire contract killers to snuff out their competitors. There are unscrupulous bosses who want to keep workers who demand their wages off their backs. And criminals who will blackmail or kidnap the rich in order to […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 21, 2006
From the Washington Post: The trial of a blind rural lawyer, charged in what rights activists say is a politically motivated case, was postponed Thursday, and a group of his supporters was assaulted by unknown assailants outside the courthouse. As many as 200 people traveled to China’s eastern Shandong province to support Chen Guangcheng, whose […]
by Michael Zhao | Jul 14, 2006
Seeing these pictures and story you will feel like you are in a movie where people live in a terror created by the government and gangsters who call each other friends. Or the scene in George Orwell‘s Animal Farm where other animals discover Snowball and fellow pigs are drinking and dining with humans, the farm […]
CDT in the News
- SCMP – Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods
- Forum2000 – Data colonialism: Where China and the West diverge
- FT – China flood response reveals Beijing’s need to prepare for extreme weather
- LA Times – Amid crushing floods in China, officials focus not on climate change, but on control
- RFA – “Drowning” has become a sensitive word during Henan floods