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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Ai Weiwei’s Pseudo-Sentence Of Silence

June 24th, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana



Renowned satirical artist and Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, who disappeared in early April and has been detained under shaky allusions to “economic crimes” by the Chinese government for over two months, has finally been released. After admitting to tax evasian, promising to pay fines, and showing a good attitude in detainment, the outspoken trailblazer is FREE AT LAST.

Free to move freely around Beijing, that is, as long as he notifies authorities every time he leaves the house.

Free, despite the fact that he can’t give interviews, make a peep on social media outlets (with 90k followers, Twitter was a major tool for Ai, who tweeted about disappearing activists, human rights violations, etc. prior to his detainment), or step outside of the city without permission. Though he cheerfully emerged to say hello to reporters and the International community this week, Ai has made it clear that he cannot speak publicly about his investigation or life situation, for “at least a year,” intimating a gag order that authorities won’t confirm.

An activist without a voice? That’s a prison unto itself. Let’s not pretend Ai Weiwei is free when he isn’t.

[via TDB]
[CBS News: Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei free, but silenced]

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I’m Not Yangin’ Your Chain About This One

November 6th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
“Democracy, Shmemocracy. Any Yahoo! could do it.”

Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang answered to Congress’ House Committee on Foreign Affairs today regarding his company’s involvement with the Chinese imprisonment of Journalist Shi Tao. Shi had used his private Yahoo! email account to send a brief of a 2004 document circulated by the Chinese Government entitled: “A notice concerning the work for maintaining stability”–which warned of Pro-Democracy Chinese dissident activity–to The Asia Democracy Foundation.

When asked for copies of the emails, Yahoo! handed them over immediately, as well as information about anonymous online postings by three other men that led to convictions for political crimes (all but one are still serving their time in jail).

No questions asked.

Goddamn.

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s times like these that I’m glad I use Gmail.

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