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Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei says internet censorship will fail

LONDON — Dissident artist Ai Weiwei warned the Chinese government that its attempts to censor the internet would inevitably fail, in an article published in Monday’s Guardian newspaper. Ai, who was held for 81 days last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab-style protests in China,…

China to vote on controversial criminal law changes

BEIJING — Chinese lawmakers are due to vote Wednesday on changes to the criminal law that would give police powers to detain some suspects for up to six months in unofficial locations known as “black jails”. Secret detentions in China are well-documented. Many people — from renowned artist Ai Weiwei…

China tax office refuses Ai appeal funds: lawyer

Ai Weiwei has raised enough money to launch an appeal against his 15 million yuan ($2.36 million) tax bill, but authorities are refusing to accept the cash, the artist and dissident’s lawyer said Monday. Ai — who maintains that the government’s tax evasion charge is politically motivated — had said that he…

Ai Weiwei supporters raise 1/3 of China tax bill

Thousands of people have donated 5.29 million yuan ($830,000) to help Ai Weiwei pay a huge tax fine, with some throwing money wrapped in paper planes into his garden, the Chinese artist said Monday. The drive to donate to Ai, who disappeared into secret police custody for 81 days this year and has…

China artist Ai Weiwei calls Beijing a ‘nightmare’

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has called Beijing a “nightmare” and said China’s justice system cannot be trusted, in his first article for a foreign magazine since his release from detention in June. The outspoken critic of the Communist Party disappeared for nearly three months earlier this year before Chinese…

Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei back on Twitter after release

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to Twitter following a long silence after his release from detention in June when he was barred from giving media interviews as part of his bail conditions. Ai tweeted on Saturday for the first time since he was taken into custody at Beijing’s…

Apparent Chinese hackers launch DDoS attacks against Change.org

In an apparent response to an internationally popular petition on Change.org, hackers launched a coordinated DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on Change.org early Monday from inside China, spokesman Benjamin Joffe-Walt said in a blog post. Change.org believes the hackers were spurred by the popular petition calling for the release…

Clinton urges China to free activists

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to free dozens of government critics rounded up this year including a prominent artist and said Beijing’s rights record was worsening. The State Department’s annual survey said China last year stepped up efforts to rein in activists, the media…

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