China’s 1st cyberdissident faces trial
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.