Satirical poem lands bureaucrat in Chinese jail
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“I used to write poetry all the time, but I haven’t written any lately,” he said with a wan smile, repeatedly wringing his hands and wiping his high forehead during a recent interview. “This was a huge disaster.”
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Chinese President Hu Jintao’s ascension to power more than three years ago generated hopes that information controls would loosen as part of the economic opening he has championed. But they canada goose outlet edmonton have tightened instead. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 30 Chinese journalists are in prison for what they wrote.
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Canada Goose sale But canada goose outlet then Qin did something that would turn it into a big deal. He transmitted the poem to the cellphones of a half dozen friends. They, in turn, transmitted it to their friends, in a widening circle. Eventually, it ended up in the cellphone of Zhang Fu’An, chairman of Pengshui County’s local People’s Congress. Canada Goose sale
The security sleuths interrogated Qin’s friends and backtracked cellphone messages for two weeks, eventually tracing the offensive poem to Qin.
The policemen hauled Qin to the station to be interrogated. By the next day, he was detained on suspicion of criminal libel, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. His wife, Chen Qiong, was advised to get him an attorney. Formal charges were filed Sept. 11, and Qin’s office, cellphone and computer were searched.
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But the leaders of Pengshui were not to be deterred. The Public Security Bureau went to the People’s Court https://www.buy-canadagoose.net here in the county seat Sept. 27 and asked for a canada goose outlet new york quick conviction. canada goose outlet florida The judge responded that there was no case. So the Public Security Bureau appealed to the No. 4 Intermediate Court in Chongqing. It got the same response: No case.
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By the middle of October, according to a source in Chongqing, the central government sent an order to the Chongqing Communist Party secretariat saying the Pengshui problem should be fixed, and right away. 23 that the charges had been dropped and told him he could apply for compensation for the time he spent behind bars. The compensation, about $280, was handed over even before Qin had time to apply for it.