Announcement of Nomination for 2014 Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award Of Independent Chinese PEN Center

Title: Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award

Awardee: one or two individual annually;

Candidacy: Anyone in the case list of Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN who is still imprisoned or released under legal restriction of the right to freedom of expression, such as “deprivation of political rights”; Continue reading

German Broadcaster Fires Chinese Blogger Su Yutong

By IAN JOHNSON AUG. 21, 2014


Su Yutong was told that her contract with Deutsche Welle, the German public broadcaster, would not be renewed in 2015. Credit Benjamin Kilb for The New York Times

BERLIN — In the wake of a debate over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, a well-known Chinese government critic has been fired from her job at a German public broadcaster.

The activist, Su Yutong, 38, who has been exiled in Germany since 2010, was informed Tuesday that her contract with Deutsche Welle would not be renewed in 2015. In a statement on Wednesday, the broadcaster said the decision had been made because she disclosed information about internal meetings and publicly criticized a co-worker.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with an evaluation of what she wrote,” a Deutsche Welle spokesman, Johannes Hoffmann, said in a telephone interview from Bonn. “It’s just that she tweeted about internal issues about the Deutsche Welle in a way that no company in the world would tolerate. We warned her, and she continued to do it.”

Many commentators on Chinese-language social media, however, see more at work, especially because Ms. Su was one of the most prolific bloggers on Deutsche Welle’s widely read Chinese-language website, and often very critical of Chinese government policy. In recent months, they say, more pro-Beijing voices have been given greater prominence.

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Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives be the Arbiters of What We See and Read?

By Glenn Greenwald21 Aug 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

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DEAUVILLE, FRANCE – MAY 26: (L-R) Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook Inc. and Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google Inc. arrive for the internet session of the G8 summit on May 26, 2011 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe – Pool/Getty Images) Continue reading

Kennedy’s Aggression is Meeting with Growing Revulsion: 1962

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China releases man accused of writing false stories for foreign website

By AP News Aug 19, 2014 6:40PM UTC

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have released a man detained more than three months ago on charges of fabricating stories that disparaged the Chinese government.

Beijing police announced Tuesday that Xiang Nanfu, a contributor to the U.S.-based Chinese-language news website, was released on parole, in a sign that he will likely not be charged. They cited his poor health and remorse.

Chinese police said Xiang fed Boxun false stories of authorities harvesting organs and burying people alive in order to incite public anger.

The founder of, Watson Meng, has denied it had reported that organ harvesting or burying people alive had occurred. But he said an April report described petitioners who made such allegations in front of the Beijing office of the United Nations.


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“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem

by Maria Popova

“It’s annoying for others to have to hear you.” Continue reading