Wednesday, January 13

Photo of the day

Pro-democracy lawmakers wore masks of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo during a legislative meeting about his case in Hong Kong Wednesday. Mr. Liu is serving an 11-year sentence for campaigning for political freedom. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)

1 comment:

  1. Examine this fact - Liu Xiaobo received hundreds of thousands of US government funding via the NED in the past five years. Please see the NED's China grants for Independent Chinese Pen Center and Minzhu Zhongguo magazine, which Liu heads, cited below.

    If Liu is American he'd be in violation of Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). Pray tell, why would we lament Chinese money corrupting our political process, while sending many folds more to China, to corrupt their political process?

    This is by no means a straight foward case of free speech. Liu took foreign money the Chinese government has every right to prohibit (as we do under FARA.)

    My reading of the verdict is that the Chinese court decided Liu's political speech exceeded the limit of free speech, is at least in part due to the prosecution evidence showing Liu received foreign remittance.


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