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The Vilification of Lawyer Wang Yu and Violence By Other Means
By Matthew Robertson and Yaxue Cao, published: July 27, 2015

On the heels of a nationally coordianted campaign of arrests and disappearances of human rights lawyers in China, Party-run media have aggressively attacked, framed, and sought to defame the same lawyers in articles and news reports.

In one CCTV segment in particular, Wang Yu (王宇), one of China’s most prominent rights defenders, was portrayed as a menace to court order as she loudly remonstrated with bailiffs. Wang was, along with four other lawyers, attempting to defend three practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that is heavily persecuted in China, in a court in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

On July 19, CCTV broadcast the tail end of an altercation in the Shenhe District Court this April, which made Wang Yu out to be the aggressor as she yelled out that the court was a "pack of scoundrels." Keep Reading...

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