Chinese veteran politicians call for reform

A group of 23 Communist Party elders in China has written a letter calling for an end to the country’s restrictions on freedom of speech. The letter says freedom of expression is promised in the Chinese constitution but not allowed in practice. They want people...

Wife Detained After Visiting Nobel Winner

The wife of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, was allowed to meet with her husband on Sunday at the prison in northeastern China where he is serving an 11-year sentence, but she was then escorted back to Beijing and placed under house arrest, a human...

Chinese press angry over dissident’s Nobel Peace Prize

China’s official news media has aired its anger over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo on 8 October, with editorials describing Liu as a “criminal” and accusing the prize committee of attempting to...

Liu Xiaobo: 20 years of activism

In his time Liu Xiaobo has been a political activist, author, university professor and an annoyance to the Chinese Communist Party. He has now been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, despite fierce opposition from the Chinese government. Outside the country of his birth,...

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