Tag: China

China Jails Xinjiang Blogger for 19 Years Over Criticising Government Online

Zhang Haitao (张海涛), a 44 year-old rights activist, was sentenced to 19 years in prison over writing critical posts online about government policy in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang. Zhang was convicted of “incitement to subvert state power” and “providing intelligence overseas”. On top of his prison sentence, Zhang was ordered the confiscation of his personal assets of 120,000 yuan ($18,000). Zhang was handed down his sentence…

China Cracks Down on Internet Anti-Censorship Tools

China has further tightened its grip on the Internet by creating technical problems for the users of anti-censorship software. An estimated 630 million people – out of China’s 1.4 billion people – are online, but they must surf and engage with content within the so-called Great Firewall, one of the world’s most sophisticated censorship systems on the Internet. Ahead of…

Chinese Anti-Corruption Activist Handed Five-Year Jail Term Over “Subversive” Tweets

Liu Jiacai, a Chinese anti-corruption activist, was sentenced to five years behind bars on the charge of subversion. Jiacai had organized meetings, in the central Hubei province, to defend human rights, and had used Twitter – which is blocked in mainland China – to stand up for social justice. Human rights defenders have said Jiacai had been subjected to harassment from the…