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  1. News - China - SECURITY

    Activists 'detained while celebrating Hu Jia’s birthday'

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 08:33am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Fearing prominent democracy advocate's presence in Shenzhen could inspire others, officers disrupt celebration and detain him for hours Police swoop on activist Hu Jia's 40th birthday Shenzhen police detained prominent activists Hu Jia, Teng Biao and more than a dozen supporters for several hours on Thursday night in Shenzhen, apparently over ...

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    Hu Jia explains why mobile apps make activism spooky

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 01:59pm by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Earlier this week, well-known dissident Hu Jia   complained  on Twitter about how easy WeChat- a slick text and voice instant messaging app developed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent that closely resembles WhatsApp- has made it to keep him and other Chinese dissidents under real-time surveillance. Hu says he isn't choosing to single out the company, rather ...

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    House-arrested Hu Jia gets a few surprise visitors

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:39pm by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Beijing-based dissident Hu Jia may still be on a hunger strike in protest of being placed under house arrest on September 18. It's hard to say because his home internet connection was cut on September 20, and nothing has been heard directly from him since, although he has managed to pass messages through friends. Except that the Chinese Human Rights Defenders blog ...

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    Hu Jia goes on hunger strike to free himself from house arrest

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 08:56am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Beijing-based human rights activist Hu Jia revealed on Twitter last night that his wife, Zeng Jinyan, and their daughter, Qianci, were able to leave the mainland on September 7 after having been denied permission to travel earlier this summer. Zeng is now in Hong Kong where she will continue her studies. Bad news for Hu, however. He wrote on Twitter the same day Zeng ...

  5. Dissident Hu Jia goes from jail to hope

    Posted Jul 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com You wouldn't expect someone who has just been released from jail, put under house arrest and tailed by security men to be full of optimism. Yet Hu Jia, one of the mainland's most high-profile dissidents, said he was heartened by a rise in awareness of rights and freedom among ordinary people and wanted to help push his nation towards democracy. 'When my ...

  6. Hu Jia vows to continue his mission

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu and Shi Jiangtao One of the mainland's most high-profile dissidents, Hu Jia, vowed upon his release from jail yesterday that he would continue his activism, apparently ... confirming an online message she posted earlier. 'Hu Jia arrived home at 2.30am. [We're] safe and very happy,' she said on Twitter. Hu, who is barred from accepting media interviews ...

  7. Hu Jia's wife fears tighter watch after release

    Posted Jun 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu and Choi Chi-yuk Her mood message on Twitter says: 'Zeng Jinyan is looking forward to her family being reunited.' Zeng's husband, Hu Jia- one of the mainland's most high-profile activists, jailed for 31/2 years on subversion charges- is scheduled to be freed on June 26. But the family reunion she has been so desperately looking forward to is now ...

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    Activists break security cordon around Liu Xia

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 08:12pm

    ... to the authorities. It also illustrates the level of fear under which she lives, according to activists who say her detention is illegal. A security official is shown telling leading dissident Hu Jia, who ...

  9. I am a free man, my guards are not

    Posted Jul 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Mainland activist Hu Jia says he used to be filled with vengeful thoughts when police came knocking on his door, followed him everywhere or held him in extrajudicial detention. After 31/2 years in prison, Hu, one of the mainland's most high-profile dissidents, says his old hatred for them has gone. The authorities jailed him on a charge ...

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    Chris Buckley clarifies his situation after sudden departure from Beijing

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 08:52am by John Kennedy

    ... of approval." More on the story here and here. This past weekend, Hu Jia and other Beijing activists were able to bypass guards stationed outside the home of Liu Xia, wife of China's Nobel Peace ...




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