Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wu Gan Jailed for Insulting Judge, Baidu and Sina Weibo Censor Search Results for "Wu Gan"

On May 25, 2015, the print edition of the People’s Daily published an article entitled “Internet User ’Super Vulgar Butcher’ Wu Gan Subjected to Administrative Detention for Disturbing a Work Unit’s Order and Publicly Insulting Others” (因扰乱单位秩序、公然侮辱他人 网民“超级低俗屠夫”吴淦被行政拘留). Some excerpts:
At approximately 9:00 am on the 19th, Wu Gan once again came to the courthouse entrance, and continued to loudly insult court officials, and produced insulting banners that had been prepared ahead of time in preparation of displaying them in front of courthouse entrance. Court police attempted to dissuade him several times, but Wu Gan refused to cease shouting curses and insults. 
These screenshots show that on May 21, 2015, Sina Weibo began censoring searches for "The Butcher was taken by police from the Jiangxi High Court" (屠夫在江西高院被警察带走).

This image shows a document dated May 19, 2015 stating that a man named "Wu Gan" (吴淦) had been ordered held in administrative detention for 10 days on the grounds that he violated clauses 1 and 2 of Article 23 of the Public Security Administration Punishments Law (中华人民共和国治安管理处罚法), which make it illegal to:

(1) disturb the order of government departments, public organizations, enterprises or institutions, thus making it impossible for work, production, business operation, medical care, teaching or scientific research to go on normally but not having caused serious losses; 
(2) disturb the public order at stations, ports, wharves, airports, department stores, parks, exhibition halls or other public places.

Among Wu Gan’s actions cited in the document was his “insulting the head of this court, Zhang Zhonghou.” (辱骂该院院长张忠厚).

According to a March 13, 2010 article entitled "Human Rights Protection Tops China's Judiciary Agenda" published on the website of China's National People's Congress:
Lawmaker Zhang Zhonghou, president of the Higher People's Court in eastern Jiangxi Province, said judicial protection of human rights has improved over the years and the protection of detainee's rights and interests has extended to larger areas such as "ensuring suspects speak in defense of themselves and their rights to seeing doctors and working." 
Zhang said there are more cases of ordinary citizens bringing government officials to court, a sign of the public's enhanced legal and rights awareness.
These screenshots were taken on May 21, 2015, and show that Baidu and Sina Weibo were censoring search results for “Wu Gan” (吴淦).