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China: Cop-killer online hero case goes on trial

Categories: East Asia, China, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Law, Technology, Olympics

Yang Jia's case goes to trial today, after having been postponed [1] for the Olympics. Previously he had been harmonized [2] after having been heroized [3] by many online for walking into a police station in Shanghai last month and killing six cops after what was accepted was an earlier case of injustice [4] and police brutality of which he was rumored to have been on the receiving end.

Tuesday afternoon in China and many bloggers are waiting to hear what the verdict will be, if it even comes today. Writing about it is not working very well, as demonstrated by lawyer and legal blogger Liu Xiaoyuan in his post on his Sina blog, ‘A ban has been sent down on featuring blog posts discussing the Yang Jia case’ [5]:




Yesterday, I was interviewed by some foreign media; they wanted me to talk about issues of press freedom and freedom of speech during the Olympics. During the Olympics, authorities stopped blocking foreign media websites, and we were free to browse them, this is definitely a big step forward. But, controls on internet speech are tighter than they were before, and many things cannot be talked about; even posts like this one will be deleted.

What I didn't expect is that now that the Olympics are over, internet speech still hasn't be let go. Last night I heard that the Yang Jia case is going to trial, and I immediately posted this out to all my blogs; some of them, as usual, wouldn't let me post. The thread I posted on the Cat898 BBS? Locked so that no-one can reply.

This morning, another thread I posted about the Yang Jia case got locked down, so netizens couldn't leave comments or respond.




This afternoon, I sent to a text message to a close friend who's an editor at Bokee [6], hoping they could feature my post “Why didn't the Shanghai #2 Intermediate Court put the information about Yang Jia's trial online>”. He texted back: there's an order. I texted back to that, asking, ‘is it an old order, or an order now?’ He wrote back: ‘the old one's still here, and there's a new one too.’

Some netizens reposted my post to a certain BBS, but if you click it, it won't open.

Just like the Caijing [7] reporter said, this was all carefully planned long ago.

One anonymous commenter on Liu's post has written:


(2008-08-26 13:43:55)

Not letting people speak, that just shows they must be hiding something