China’s 1st cy­berdis­si­dent faces trial

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

BEI­JING— China’s first “cy­berdis­si­dent,” whose web­site re­ported on sen­si­tive top­ics in­clud­ing hu­man rights, is ex­pected to go on trial on Mon­day amid fears he is in bad health, sources told Agence FrancePresse (AFP). Huang Qi was ar­rested in 2016 for “leak­ing state se­crets” and has since been held at Mianyang De­ten­tion Cen­ter in south­west­ern Sichuan prov­ince—his home re­gion—without a trial date. Calls to Mianyang In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court, which is han­dling the case, went unan­swered. “Amer­i­can diplo­mats at­tempted to at­tend HuangQi’s trial but were de­nied ac­cess to the court­room,” a US Em­bassy spokesper­son told AFP. Huang ran a web­site called “64 Tian­wang”—named after the bloody June 4, 1989, crack­down on Tianan­men Square prodemoc­racy pro­test­ers.

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