Police arrest cyber-dissident Zhang Lin

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediately release of pro-democracy activist and cyber-dissident Zhang Lin, who was arrested on 29 January in Bengbu (in Anhui province, west of Shanghai) for posting articles on various websites. Police told his wife he would be detained for two weeks.”We firmly condemn the harassment of pro-democracy intellectuals that has been taking place since the death of former Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang,” the press freedom organization said.The two weeks of detention imposed on Zhang is an administrative measure often applied in cases of disturbance of the peace. In his case it is clearly intended as a warning that he should stop speaking out and publishing articles.A dozen policemen searched Zhang’s home on 6 February and confiscated his computer. One of the police officers reportedly told his wife that “he will not be treated nicely” if he continued to write.Zhang is a well-known activist. He often posts his articles on websites linked to the Falun Gong spiritual movement such as Dajiyuan.com and Epochtimes.com, as well as Boxun.com, a website about human rights in China. In an interview a few days before his arrest for the magazine Epoch Times, which was also posted on its website, he described Zhao as a “sincere man” and “unique Chinese leader.”Zhang was imprisoned from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1995 to 1998, when he was sentenced to hard labour. He then left for the United States to pursue his political activities, but reentered China illegally a few months later and was rearrested a third time, at which point he was sent to a labour camp until 2001. In all, he has spent eight years in detention. to go further Cyber-dissident Zhang Lin was arrested on 29 January in Bengbu (in Anhui province) after posting articles on various websites. Reporters Without Borders condemns his arrest and calls for his immediate release. News March 12, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China February 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police arrest cyber-dissident Zhang Lin News RSF_en Receive email alerts News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information News Organisation last_img

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