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Punishment for Tweeting in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 21, 2010

Here is a post about a woman sentenced to a year in a Chinese labor camp for retweeting a message. The message was supposedly about smashing a Japanese pavillion. The thing is that all of the TV and movies here demonize the Japanese to an extent that the hatred for the Japanese is palpable- thus what does one expect. In addition, this woman is in that bizarre 40 plus Chinese demographic who are infamous for their problems in dealing with an open society.

“BEIJING – China has sentenced a woman to a year in a labor camp for “disrupting social order” by retweeting a satirical message urging Chinese protesters to smash the Japan pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, an international rights group said….”Sentencing someone to a year in a labor camp, without trial, for simply repeating another person’s clearly satirical observation on Twitter demonstrates the level of China’s repression of online expression,” Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Sam Zarifi said in a statement.”

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