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HK Protest Leaders Given 6-8 Month Prison Sentences

Three young democracy campaigners were each given prison sentences for taking part in an “unlawful assembly” of Hong Kong government headquarters that marked the beginning of the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” protests of 2014. The three sentenced were Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and...

Hong Kong Democrat Detained Over Torture Claims

Howard Lam Tsz-kin, a member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, gave a press conference last week in which he recounted being dragged into a car while shopping, violently attacked including having his legs stapled in cross formations 21 times, and dumped on a remote beach. Lam claimed that his a...

Military Nationalism Hits Big Screen, Tops Box Office

Nationalistic military action film “Wolf Warrior 2” (战狼2), co-written and directed by lead star Wu Jing, has become China’s highest-grossing box office hit ever, taking in 3.4 billion yuan in its first 12 days. The cinematic story of a Chinese special ops soldier who rescues C...

Protest and Strike Tracker Lu Yuyu Sentenced to Four Years

On Thursday citizen journalist Lu Yuyu was sentenced to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a catch-all “pocket crime” frequently used to prosecute activists in place of more overtly political charges such as inciting subversion. Since 2012, the...

Four Year Sentence for Protest and Strike Tracker Lu Yuyu

On Thursday citizen journalist Lu Yuyu was sentenced to four years in prison for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," a catch-all "pocket crime" frequently used to prosecute activists in place of more overtly political charges such as inciting subversion. Since 2012, the for...

Internet Control of the Week: One-key Shutdown

The Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and ...