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In lawsuit, Chinese writers allege Cisco aids government

In Hong Kong, a protester holds a portrait of the jailed writer Liu Xianbin. (Reuters)

Three Chinese writers who have spent time in prison for articles published online are suing California-based Cisco Systems Inc., according to international news reports. The suit accuses the company of providing information and technology to Chinese authorities that facilitated the writers' detentions--allegations that Cisco flatly denies. Chinese security officials have already interrogated one of the plaintiffs, according to his lawyer. Will the case against Cisco protect him and others in China from further repercussions? 

August 24, 2011 5:20 PM ET

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December 8, 2009 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   China

Attacks on the Press in 2008: China

In the year of the “One World, One Dream” Olympics, China’s punitive and highly restrictive press policies became a global issue. International reporters who arrived early to prepare for the Games flocked to cover antigovernment riots in Tibet and western provinces in March and the Sichuan earthquake in May. They encountered the sweeping official interference that resident journalists have long faced every day. Domestic news media, which by law must be sponsored by official government bodies, generally followed the government line on Tibetan and Olympic issues, although some newspapers and magazines distinguished themselves with breaking coverage of the earthquake and investigative reporting on local government corruption. Online writers who published more outspoken pieces were jailed on antistate charges.

December 4, 2008 9:28 AM ET

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Blog   |   China

Olympics: Dissidents' spouses face great strain

Amid the fanfare of the Olympic opening ceremony today, a press release from Human Rights in China highlights pressure on dissidents and their families as Chinese authorities try to quash anything that threatens to disturb the long-awaited Games. Police are watching jailed journalist Lu Gengsong's wife and daughter, and they told the wife of recently detained online activist Du Daobin to change her cell phone number and refuse calls, HRIC said. When CPJ called Du's home the day after he was detained, we were told the household had been warned not to talk to the foreign press.

August 8, 2008 5:02 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

Police re-arrest Internet writer who was on probation

New York, July 22, 2008--Chinese police arrested prominent dissident and Internet writer Du Daobin on Monday, according to his defense lawyer, Mo Shaoping. CPJ is concerned that the arrest is part of the government's ongoing campaign to suppress criticism prior to the Olympic Games. Du had been sentenced to a three-year suspended prison sentence in 2004 on subversion charges, and his arrest comes just 12 days before his probationary period was set to expire.

July 22, 2008 12:00 AM ET

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Case   |   China

CHINA

APRIL 26, 2005
Posted: May 3, 2005

Zheng Yichun, freelance

LEGAL ACTION, IMPRISONED

Zheng was tried in Yingkou Intermediate Court on charges of inciting subversion. A prolific Internet writer and poet, he had been imprisoned since December 3 after writing articles critical of the Communist Party and Chinese government policy.
April 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

Internet writer tried on anti-state charges

New York, April 26, 2005 – The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Zheng Yichun, who was tried today in Yingkou Intermediate Court on charges of inciting subversion. Zheng, a prolific Internet writer and poet, has been imprisoned since December 3 after writing articles critical of the Communist Party and Chinese government policy.

Zheng's trial lasted less than three hours and was attended by high-level authorities of northeast China's Liaoning Province, his brother Zheng Xiaochun told CPJ. Prosecutors cited 63 articles written by the journalist, and listed the titles of several essays in which he called for political reform, increased capitalism in China, and an end to the practice of imprisoning writers.
April 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2004: Asia Analysis

Overview
by Abi Wright

Threats to press freedom spiked throughout Asia in 2004, even as the news media claimed significant accomplishments. Across the region, 2004 was an election year, with citizens casting ballots in nations such as Afghanistan, whose landmark vote was peaceful and orderly, and India, where more than 370 million went to the polls. Informing voters and guarding against abuses, the press was credited with playing key roles in these and other elections.
March 14, 2005 11:55 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press 2004: China

China (including Hong Kong)

It was a disappointing year for those who hoped that President Hu Jintao would allow a greater degree of freedom for China's increasingly market-oriented press. After taking over the presidency from Jiang Zemin in 2003, Hu consolidated power in September 2004, when Jiang gave up his final leadership post, the chairmanship of the Central Military Commission. The subsequent crackdown on the media was yet another example of the long-standing government policy of muzzling independent voices.
March 14, 2005 11:39 AM ET

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