Tuesday, December 15, 2015

On Day of Pu Zhiqiang's Trial, Sina Weibo Begins Censoring "Pu Zhiqiang"

On December 9, 2015, Hu Xijin (胡锡进), editor of the state sponsored Global Times, published an editorial under his pen name “Shan Renping” (单仁平) entitled “The Verdict in the Pu Zhiqiang Case Will not be Determined by the West” (浦志强案怎么判不可能由西方定调). Some excerpts:
Pre-trial hearings in the Pu Zhiqiang case convened on December 9, and observers expect the case will go to trial. Pu was arrested in May of last year, and in May of this year the Beijing Procuratorate No. 2 Branch filed an indictment with the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court charging him on suspicion of committing the crimes of inciting ethnic hatred and picking quarrels.
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Objectively speaking, the Pu Zhiqiang case is difficult to judge, because Pu Zhiqiang is himself a lawyer,  has long-held political passions, and is a figure who has called for structural changes in Chinese society and public discourse. His statements about social governance clearly constitute a kind of disruptive force, and as this kind of disruptive force takes place as China is becoming a post-Internet era society, it has become a new form of challenge to the authority of the law.

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On December 14, 2015, the state sponsored International Business Times reported that Pu’s trial was held at 9 am that morning at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Peoples Court.

These screenshots show that on the afternoon of December 14, Sina Weibo began censoring searches for “Pu Zhiqiang.”

On December 23, 2015, the Global Times published a report entitled "Pu Zhiqiang Reunites With Family, Won’t Appeal." Some excerpts:
A Chinese civil rights lawyer given a suspended three-year prison term on Tuesday for inciting ethnic hatred and provoking trouble will not appeal, one of his attorneys said.

Pu Zhiqiang was sentenced by the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court a week after he was tried.
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According to the Xinhua News Agency, which cited the court, Pu, 50, had admitted to the charges and showed regret. The court had, therefore, decided on a lenient sentence.

One of Pu's lawyers, Shang Baojun, previously confirmed with the Global Times that the prosecutors cited seven of Pu's Weibo posts as evidence. Among them, four were used as evidence to prove he was inciting ethnic hatred and three for provoking trouble.
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The court said Tuesday that Pu continued to post inflammatory content despite warnings from website administrators, and that his behavior proves he intended to fan ethnic hatred, according to Xinhua.

The court also said Pu's insulting posts, which had been reposted some 900 times and received over 500 comments, caused disorder in cyberspace and negative social impact, leading the court to believe his behavior had constituted the crime of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble."
Here are the seven posts.

Posts that Created a Disturbance (尋鮮滋事的)

July 29, 2011
The old lady's press conference was boring, but the reporters have their assurances. She certainly demonstrated: Wang Yongping is an exceptional spokesperson for the Ministry of Railways. In any case I believe: In spite of everything the Railways Ministry allowed you to ask about how last July PetroChina blew Dalian to kingdom come. On the anniversary this year they set another huge fire to commemorate it, but wouldn't tell you about it. Fortunately the old lady is a just a sow, because if they had sent the rabid dog he would have asked you: "who do you work for?" "Your boss and I are close, why don't you let me play around with your recorder?"

January 31, 2013
Beyond their luck and bloodlines, Shen Jilan and Mao Yuxin became a National People's Congress representative and a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member, respectively, by playing the fool and being actual fools. This explains how it doesn't take much to be on the NPC or the CPPCC, a person who wants to be a fish in those waters just needs to play the fool or be an actual fool. I hold no hope for Mao's intelligence, and so can only plead with the old lady Shen that life is ephemeral, death eternal, and we'd all be better off if you just died! You are 84 years old and have been a representative for 60 years, the end of the road is not far off, so why not take the opportunity to die in battle and hoodwink the NPC into declaring you a martyr.

July 26, 2013
Why wouldn't China Work Without the Communist Party?" Who the hell should why it wouldn't work?! Other than the lies and deceptions and waving and hammer and sickle, what the hell is the mysterious secret to this Party's hold on power? I'll tell you Xiang Ping: China would be just fine without anyone, so quit your patronizing finger-pointing. This is "a book every Chinese person should read"? It is simply shameless of you to publish this kind of rag! If Wu Hongfei hadn’t just been hauled in, your ancestors would be getting violated! Having to read your stuff sickens me! Ugh!

Posts that Incited Ethnic Hatred (煽动民族仇恨的)

January 25, 2012
Under the "Nine Haves" temples in the Tibetan regions have to hang up images of the leaders Mao, Deng, Jiang, and Hu, and in Yining Muslims are forbidden to grow beards or wear veils, stringing together a series of attacks, calling it diluting religious consciousness, is this Han people losing their minds? Or is it the leaders of the Han people losing their minds?

January 25, 2012
Yining has completely banned Muslims from wearing veils, calling it diluting religious consciousness, have Han people gone completely insane?

March 2, 2014
The Kunming incident was so bloody, and the murderers' crimes were profound. If you would say that Xinjiang independence has created terror, to this I would give credence. But this is an effect, not a cause. Such grievous death and injury, such an unbearable outcome, but I cannot be satisfied with you just giving me a single statement saying that is the savagery of Xinjiang independence and you bear no responsibility. Day after day saying the Party's policies are Yakexi [meaning "Good" in Uighur], that the hearts of Uighur people are with the Party, then why this bloodbath? Wang Lequan, as president of the China Law Society you have suppressed and pacified the western regions for over ten years, so you know better than anyone, so tell me: Why? Who was being attacked?

May 1, 2014
There is no land on earth that is not the King's soil, there is no man on earth who is not the King's subject. If you would say Xinjiang is China's, then do not treat it like a colony, do not act as conquerors and plunderers. Whether you dominate the enemy by striking first, or master the enemy though clever counterattacks, it all adds up to treating the other side as an enemy and creating preposterous national policies. This has been gelling for some time and old habits die hard, so some incidents will unavoidable. So long as people remain unafraid of dying it will be futile to use the fear of death. The attackers long to become martyrs for Allah, so who is going to be frightened whether you attack or counterattack? Xinjiang policies need adjusting.

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