12 Jun

China: celebrity blogger gets 4 years in jail for criticizing Communist Party

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2020 China: celebrity blogger gets 4 years in jail for criticizing Communist Party ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expression RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to release celebrity blogger Liu Yanli who was recently sentenced to a four-year prison term for publishing negative comments on Chinese leaders on social media. Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expression News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Chinese celebrity blogger Liu Yanli, 45, was sentenced on April 24th to four years in prison by the Dongbao District Court in Jingmen city (Hubei province) on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. In its verdict, the court considered that 28 articles posted by the blogger, which commented on Chinese President Xi Jinping, former premier Zhou Enlai and Chairman Mao Zedong, “insulted and attacked the Chinese Communist Party and its leaders”, “spread false information”, “maliciously speculated on hot topics in current affairs” and “created disturbances that damaged public order”.“Freedom of the press is a right enshrined in Article 35 of the Chinese constitution and Liu Yanli should never have been punished for commentating on political issues,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau, who called on Beijing to “immediately free the blogger as well as all detained journalists and commentators in China”.Liu Yanli, a bank clerk turned celebrity writer and blogger, has received two awards related to freedom of expression: Independent Chinese PEN Center’s Lin Zhao Memorial Award in 2018 and Humanitarian China’s Yu Zhijian Memorial Award in 2019.Since 2016, Liu has been detained and released on multiple occasions, including a stay in “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL), an official euphemism for incommunicado detention at one of China’s “black sites” where detainees are deprived from their rights and face the risk of being tortured. China ranks 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.last_img read more