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‘Criminal Judgment’ of Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan by Court in Shanghai
January 15, 2021 Zhang Zhan (张展), a resident of Shanghai and a former lawyer, went to Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in February, video recorded what she saw, spoke to locals, wrote down her observations and thoughts, and posted them on social media platforms inside and outside China. She was detained in May and sentenced to f [...] Keep reading »
‘The Legal Apparatus Can Bring Anyone to Court for the Sake of Censoring the People:’ Some Statements by the Defense During the Trial Argument Phase of Zhang Zhan’s Case
Attorney Zhang Keke, January 1, 2021 A website run by China’s Supreme Court (中国庭审公开网) live streams thousands of court hearings on any given work day, but almost never broadcasts trials of political prisoners — with the exception of occasional “show trials.” Zhang Zhan’s lawyers made a request for live streami [...] Keep reading »
Zhang Zhan: A Six-Minute Documentary
December 28, 2020 Per request of the filmmaker, who wishes to remain anonymous, China Change posts this short film about Zhang Zhan. Zhang Zhan (张展), a lawyer who practiced in Shanghai, went to Wuhan in early February, determined to document the coronavirus outbreak in the city that was the epicenter of what would soon become a pandemic around [...] Keep reading »
‘A Madman’s Diary’ in the Age of the Pandemic: The Case of Zhang Zhan
Ai Xiaoming, December 27, 2020 Zhang Zhan (张展), a lawyer who practiced in Shanghai, went to Wuhan in early February, determined to document the coronavirus outbreak in the city that was the epicenter of what would soon become a pandemic around the world. In the three months she stayed in the city, she made 122 posts on YouTube. It was not a coi [...] Keep reading »
Some Fundamentals Regarding China’s ‘Government-designated Lawyers’
Chen Chunyi, September 24, 2020 Due to the arrest of the 12 Hong Kong residents who were brought to Shenzhen to face charges, the phenomenon of “government-designated lawyers” (官派律师, i.e. those approved by the Chinese authorities to represent defendants in politically sensitive cases) has attracted widespread attention from the [...] Keep reading »
Beijing Has Nothing But Good News for You in the Coronavirus Epidemic
Chang Ping, March 6, 2020 A friend asked me: “I wouldn’t dare to believe the official figures. Are things really under control outside of Hubei?” I said, “From now on, they’ll have nothing but good news for you. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.” Needless to say, the subject was China’s novel coronavirus epidemic [...] Keep reading »
A Social Media Profile of the Late Dr. Li Wenliang: From a Liberal-leaning Student, to a Party Adherent, to a Whistleblower Who Believes a Society Should Have More Than One Voice
Ye Du, February 26, 2020 In 2009, the late Dr. Li Wenliang registered a Twitter account (@xiaolwl) in 2009 when he was working on a master’s degree at Wuhan University, making him one of the earliest Twitter users in China. He browsed the site by circumventing the Great Firewall, but made few comments of his own, preferring to lurk. He was someon [...] Keep reading »
China Change Academics Around the World Write to Xi Jinping: Give Freedom of Speech Back to the Chinese People
February 22, 2020 This open letter was initiated by professors Andrew Nathan, Perry Link, and Zhang Lun. Please join them, as many of their colleagues have done, to sign this letter. Please send your name and affiliation to: chinacitizenmovement@gmail.com. The list of signatories will be updated daily. The Chinese version of this letter can be foun [...] Keep reading »
The China Human Rights Lawyers Group’s Proposal to Declare February 6 ‘People’s Day of Truth’
The China Human Rights Lawyers Group, February 7, 2020 On February 6, 2020, Doctor Li Wenliang succumbed to the novel coronavirus. His death has shaken the internet. Dr. Li was one of the eight doctors who first warned of the coronavirus, for which they were reprimanded by the police. They made their warning, based on several medical cases, to the [...] Keep reading »
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