Blogger still denied lawyer as he enters fourth month in detention

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News The Public Security Bureau’s formal refusal on 17 May to allow detained blogger and documentary filmmaker Hao Wu access to a lawyer on national security grounds is “absurd,” Reporters Without Borders said today, as Hao began his fourth month in detention. to go further RSF_en May 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger still denied lawyer as he enters fourth month in detention March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News ChinaAsia – Pacific News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information The Public Security Bureau’s formal refusal on 17 May to allow detained blogger and documentary filmmaker Hao Wu access to a lawyer on national security grounds is “absurd,” Reporters Without Borders said today, as Hao began his fourth month in detention.“Hao’s case is emblematic of the PSB’s methods,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is farcical to treat this blogger as a threat to national security. Is there any serious possibility that letting a prisoner of conscience have a lawyer might destabilise the Chinese government?”A formal request for Hao to be defended by a lawyer was filed with the PSB by his sister, Na Wu, who has reported on her blog (http://spaces.msn.com/wuhaofamily): “It appears that all efforts to seek legal help have reached a dead end.”According to the authorities, Hao is currently under “house arrest.” He cannot receive visits or telephone his family. The PSB is also still refusing to tell him why he has been arrested. But it has reportedly undertaken to make a statement to the family by August, which would be six months after his arrest.Hao had a blog called Beijing or Bust in which he wrote under the pseudonym of Beijing Loafer. He was also the North-East Asia editor of the website Global Voices, to which he contributed under the name of Tian Yi. He was arrested on 22 February while preparing a report on China’s underground protestant churches.Global Voices has set up a Hao support site: http://ethanzuckerman.com/haowu————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Newslast_img

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