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Art Censorship: Dissident Chinese Artist Loses Tax Appeal

The lawyer for Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei said his client lost his appeal Friday against a $2.4 million tax evasion fine on a company he founded. Pu Zhiqiang said the Beijing Chaoyang District court rejected an appeal against

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Posted in Art Censorship

Time Magazine Names ‘The Protester’ Person of the Year

The U.S.-based Time magazine has recognized unprecedented change in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world by naming “the protester” as its Person of the Year. In an article Wednesday, Time said the protest movement is largely populated by

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Posted in World News

Free Speech: Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Not Fearful of Re-Arrest

Chinese dissident artist says he will pursue the truth until he gets a ‘satisfactory answer.’ Fighting tax evasion charges, outspoken Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei said Tuesday he did not fear re-arrest, suggesting that the authorities were

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights

China Censors Newsweek Article of Prominent Dissident Ai Weiwei

Censors in China have attempted to purge an essay written by prominent artist and dissident Ai Weiwei by manually tearing the pages of the article from a weekly news magazine. The essay, which appears in the September 5 issue of

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Posted in Political Censorship

Chinese Art Activist Returns to Ruins of Bulldozed Arts District

Written by An Xiao BEIJING — Photographer and installation artist Wu Yuren (吴玉仁), who Hyperallergic profiled last year for his activist work, has returned after a year to visit the 008 and Zhengyang arts districts, both the sites of a

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Chinese Dissident Released From Prison

Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia has been reunited with his family after serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for inciting subversion. But his wife says she fears an existing health condition may have worsened because of his long jail term. Zeng

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Posted in Human Rights

Looking at Chinese Social Media: Censorship and Speaking Mandarin (Part 2 of 3)

For part 1 of this three-part series on Chinese social media, click here. Time to Log On? Is it time for the Western art world to join Chinese social media? That depends on your goals. “I don’t see any reason

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Tensions High as US, China Open Talks on Human Rights

The United States and China have begun two days of talks on human rights in Beijing amid differing opinions about China’s ongoing crackdown on dissent. Human rights is one area in which the U.S. and Chinese governments tend to disagree

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Posted in Human Rights

China Detains Worshippers at Unsanctioned Church

Chinese police arrested at least 30 members of an underground Protestant church in Beijing Sunday in a growing crackdown on dissent across China. The U.S.-based Christian rights group China Aid reported that police rounded up members of the Shouwang House

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Posted in Human Rights, Religious Censorship

China Baffled by Support for Imprisoned Activist Ai Weiwei

Source: VOA   The Chinese government says it is unhappy with international support for detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The latest rebuke of international criticism about China’s crackdown on dissidents comes on the same day European Commission Vice President

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Posted in Human Rights

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