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Write and Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go

As I write this, I'm looking back on articles and quotes that I've written criticizing the government, and am thankful that I can continue to do so from the comfort of my office and home.

Instead of rotting in a jail cell for three years, or even longer.

A dissident in China, 35 year-old Cai Lujun, was recently sentenced to three years in jail for publishing four articles on the internet. The articles are: "The Timetable for Chinese Democracy," "Miserable Second-Rate Citizens," "On the Current Political Monopoly and its Harmfulness" and "Outlines for Building and Governing the Country." I've searched for, but can't find, these articles.

He is one of 39 people in Chinese jails for something called "subverse state power." A number of other dissidents, mainly students have also been arrested.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists is taking up his case, as well as others, even though he's not a journalist - he makes his living selling beer and cigarettes. Another organization, Reporters Without Borders posted the linked article about another dissident that was sentenced to eight years in prison after a five-minute hearing.

All complaining aside, I'm very grateful that I get to write this stuff without fear of imprisonment. Writing with the possibility of jail makes my complaints comparatively inconsequential. I wonder whether I'd have the temerity to write knowing I could go to jail.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 08:26 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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