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Chinese Court upholds 4-year jail term for press freedom prize winner Lu Yuyu

A Chinese court has upheld the original four-year sentence for the founder of a blog tracking protests in China. Lu founded a blog in 2013 called “Not News,” which tracked mass demonstrations across the country. He worked with his girlfriend Li Tingyu to collect information about incidents including grassroots demonstrations arising from land issues and labour strikes. The […]

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Award-winning Chinese civil rights blogger handed 4 years in jail for ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’

A Chinese blogger who meticulously documented public protests around the country was sentenced to four years in prison Friday as Beijing continues a crackdown on civil rights defenders. Lu Yuyu was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” by a court in the southwest city of Dali, Yunnan province, his lawyer Xiao Yunyang told […]

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How China’s multi-pronged crackdown on dissent took aim at citizen journalists and rights defence websites

64 Tianwang is a website dedicated to documenting human rights violations in China. It was widely believed to be the first of its kind in the country, and – 18 years ago – its founder believed it would eventually be on par with outlets like the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and CNN. Since then, […]

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Chinese journalist held on ‘picking quarrels’ charge beaten by prison guards, says lawyer

A journalist who ran a blog tracking protests in China has been beaten by prison guards, his lawyer said. Guards at the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Detention Centre in northwestern Yunnan province twisted Lu Yuyu’s arms and choked him, causing him to hit his head on the wall according to a statement from Lu’s lawyer Wang Zhongyue released on […]

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Case against two citizen journalists who compiled China protest blog transferred for prosecution

Two citizen journalists who ran a blog compiling information on protests in China have been transferred to the procuratorate for prosecution. According to lawyer Ge Yongxi, the cases of Li Tingyu and Lu Yuyu were transferred for examination and prosecution last Wednesday. The pair stand accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” which is one of a series of […]

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Founder of China protest-tracking site detained for ‘picking quarrels’

Two citizen journalists keeping track of protests in China have been detained for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Lu Yuyu and his girlfriend Li Tingyu run “Not News,” which has been reporting and distributing news of mass demonstrations in China via Twitter, Blogspot, YouTube and Weibo since 2013. They collect photos and videos of grassroots demonstrations from social […]

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Chinese authorities issue arrest notice for founder of protest-tracking blog

Chinese authorities have issued a formal arrest notice for citizen journalist Lu Yuyu after detaining him for five weeks, Chinese news outlet Weiquanwang reported on Thursday. Lu is founder of the blog “Not News”, which keeps track of and reports on mass demonstrations in China via Twitter, Blogspot, YouTube and Weibo. Lu and his girlfriend, Li Tingyu, have been reporting and […]