Sunday, December 1, 2013

Newspaper Deletes Story Detailing Punishment for Petitioners Going to Tiananmen, Zhongnanhai, Embassies

On November 23, 2013, the Yanzhao Evening News (燕赵晚报 - published by the Shijiazhuang Daily Group) published an article entitled "Anyone Going to Tiananmen and Other Venues to Petition Will be Punished" (到天安门广场等地区 非法上访将被处罚). Some excerpts:
Recently the Shijiazhuang Public Security Bureau issued its "Implementing Opinion Regarding Punishing in Accordance with Law Criminal Acts Committed During the Course of Petitioning." . . . . 
As explained, the Implementing Opinion includes specific provisions regarding illegal activities conducted during the course of petitioning: anyone going to any important areas that are not petition receiving venues, such as Tiananmen Square, around Zhongnanhai, foreign embassy districts, and residences of central leaders, as well as anyone who goes to a foreign embassy district to "report a situation to foreigners," will be subject to administrative punishment by public security agencies in accordance with the "Law on Administrative Penalties for Public Security." 
Anyone who puts up posters, distributes materials, yells slogans, displays banners, wears clothing with statements, displays complaint forms, illegally assembles, or does anything else to disturb order in a public venue shall, if officials of relevant state agencies find dissuasion, criticism, and education ineffective, be punished in accordance with the provisions of public security management. Where such behavior constitutes a crime, criminal sanctions will be imposed in accordance with law. 
近日,石市公安局出台《关于依法处置信访活动中违法犯罪行为的实施意见》。。 。 。 
These screenshots show that the article was deleted from the Shijiazhuang Daily web site.
The following day the entire page was removed from the web site, but it can still be found in PDF format.
 These screenshots show the article was also deleted from the Shijiazhuang government web site.
These screenshots show that the article was also deleted from the Xinhua web site.
These screenshots show that Sina Weibo was censoring searches for "Tiananmen Petition," but not "Tiananmen" or "Petition."