China: Who could that be knocking on my door?

Links and headlines from two BBC Chinese stories found at the end of a post [zh] today from Blogbus blogger Boy70:

The first mentions a China Eastern pilot who after flying from Shanghai to Los Angeles applied for asylum as a Falun Gong practitoner, and the second tells the story of Hangzhou-based Haiyang newspaper (中国海洋报) reporter Zan Aizong (昝爱宗), detained on August 11 after reporting on the destruction of a church in the Eastern province of Zhejiang and criticizing government persecution of Christians. Zan is expected to be released on August 18.


These two incidents are most sensitive, so I'll keep on posting on them. If you can't access the related information, you can use a proxy server to view them. I have to say that the BBC and Reuters as well as many other Western media lack basic professional ethics. As media, they are much more sensitive than most. A large part of their existence is in ideological muckraking. But, they are also our second pair of eyes and can see clearly the dark side of our country.

Zan Aizong

According to a report on overseas Chinese dissident website Boxun, the outspoken social critic [zh] was contacted by Hangzhou police on August 4, told not to leave the city and his computer was confiscated. On August 10 he was released from his job at the newspaper and arrested on August 11 on the grounds of “spreading rumors and disturbing public order.” A statement following the report links Zan's arrest to his writings, his being a Christian and Chinese PEN [zh] member and goes on to demand, among other things, Zan's unconditional release, the return of his computer equipment and reinstatement as reporter and webmaster for Haiyang newspaper.

Among the fifty-four names attached to the statement—many of which are prominent dissident writers and activists—is that of oft-harrassed AIDS activist Hu Jia (胡佳), who has recently revived his MSN Live Spaces blog which can be found here [zh]. His wife, Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕), has been blogging for the past two months on her own Spaces blog [zh] of life under constant state stakeout.

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