fredag 11. desember 2015

China prepares to gag free speech champion Pu Zhiqiang

After 19 months behind bars, one of China’s most admired civil rights lawyers set to go on trial accused of sending irreverent tweets.In another era, Pu Zhiqiang might have live-tweeted the Tiananmen massacre. Instead, as the bloodbath unfolded around him on that pre-smartphone night in the early summer of 1989, the student leader took a solemn vow: if he made it out with his life he would use it to give voice to those who had died. “That was unquestionably a pivotal moment for him,” said William J Dobson, an American writer who spent time with the Tiananmen survivor while writing a book on 21st century dictatorships. Read more