Chen Yongzhou, a reporter for Chinese tabloid The New Express, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 18, after writing reports critical of state-owned company Zoomlion, a heavy industry technology company based in Hunan. In response, The New Express printed “free our man” in large, bold characters on the front page of the paper on Oct 23, and ran an article asking police to respect the rule of law. The plea was featured on the front page again on Oct. 24. A Chinese official from the General Association of Press and Publishing expressed concern about Chen’s arrest in the China Press and Publishing Journal, and a number of major Chinese newspapers, including the Beijing Times, have requested that Chen be released. Chen’s arrest is one of the latest in a series of arrests in a government effort to restrict “rumor mongering.” On Sunday, Oct. 20, Wang Gongchuan, a wealthy businessman turned liberal activist, was formally arrested for “gathering people to disturb order in a public occasion.” Wang regularly discusses democracy and rule of law Sina Weibo microblog, where he has thousands of followers. (New York Times, Washington Post, Oct. 21; BBC, South China Morning Post, Oct. 24, 2013)
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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…