China - Writer arrested after criticising Beijing Olympics

    MONTREAL, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders calls for the
immediate release of dissident writer Wang Dejia, who was arrested at his home
in Guilin, in the southern province of Guangxi, on 13 December and was charged
with "subverting state authority." He uses the pen-name of Jing Chu.
    "Eight months before the Beijing Olympic Games, it is very worrying to
learn of the arrest of another writer who had criticised the way the games are
being organised," the press freedom organisation said. "It suggests that there
could be an increase in repression of Chinese who dare to voice reserves about
the games, either online or to foreign journalists."
    Wang was arrested when police came and searched his home in the Quanzhou
Chengbei district of Guilin on the afternoon of 13 December, removing
articles, books and his computer. His family said he was accused of defamation
and was taken to the Quanzhou Chengbei police station in the early evening.
Later that night, the family learned that he had been charged with "inciting
subversion of state authority."
    His brother and his cousin went to the police station where he had been
taken, but were not allowed to see him.
    His arrest could be linked to articles he had written and posted on the
Minzhu Luntan (Democracy Forum and the Aboluowang forum.
They carry such headlines as "Illegal possession of state secrets: a Communist
Party invention for persecuting prisoners of conscience", "Manacled Olympic
Games will bring the public nothing but misfortune" and "With journalist Li
Yuanlong sentenced to two years for four articles, how much will I get?".
    Wang met US embassy representatives in October to discuss the human
rights situation. His family thinks his arrest is linked to both the meeting
and his articles.

For further information:

For further information: Emily Jacquard, secretary general, Reporters
Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)

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