South China Morning Post: The crackdown on China’s ‘moderate’ rights voices: how tweets are now landing people in prison

  • A number of activists are facing years-long jail sentences for online posts and organising private gatherings
  • In the past, such activities would have usually attracted a reprimand, observers say


Activist Wang Aizhong was taken into custody and charged by authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in May last year.

Nearly a year later, he is still behind bars without having gone to trial: his hearing scheduled for mid-April was cancelled abruptly the week before, with no reason or new date given.

“I’m worried that they keep delaying it,” Wang Henan, his wife, said.