mandag 27. januar 2020

China Jails Student For Tweets Sent in US Showing President as Winnie The Pooh

A student who tweeted a cartoon of Winnie the Pooh in connection with President Xi Jinping while studying in the U.S. was jailed for six months on his return to China for the summer vacation last year. The Wuchang District People's Court in the central city of Wuhan announced on Jan. 22 that Luo Daiqing, a student at the University of Minnesota, had been arrested and sentenced to six months' imprisonment for "posting a tweet criticizing President Xi Jinping, general secretary of the [ruling] Chinese Communist Party on Twitter."

Luo, 25, was accused of posting dozens of "comments and inappropriate images insulting to the leader of this country" while studying in the U.S. in September and October 2018, the court said. Among the tweets cited by the court in evidence against Lu was a depiction of President Xi as Winnie the Pooh, whose likeness has been banned from China's tightly controlled internet after a number of memes likening the fictional bear to the president went viral.

Luo was detained on July 12, 2019 by police in his hometown of Wuhan after he returned to China for the summer vacation, it said. He was handed a six-month jail term on Nov. 5, 2019 for "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," a charge frequently used to target peaceful critics of the government. Luo was released on Jan. 11, 2020 after time in pretrial detention was included as part of his sentence.