Even People's Daily ran with  this Beijing Youth Daily story that a Beijing court sentenced 10 people to prison  for involvement in the illegal but widespread act of intercepting petitioners who travel to the capital with hopes to obtain justice outside the legal system.
The significance of the news was not lost on web editors across the country, many of whom ran the headline as top story this weekend.
China Daily contacted the court in question and received confirmation  that such a case is currently under way but also learned a ruling has yet to be made.
Then the original report quickly disappeared from most major online news portals. Now reports of the Beijing court's denial have also begun  to disappear - at least for foreign readers, as People's Daily continues to follow  the story on its Sina Weibo microblog.
Legal scholar Xu Zhiyong has points out  that while at least four lawsuits have been successfully brought against Beijing "black jails", verdicts in those cases were more for show than punitive and that vigilantes involved in attempting to free captives of those black jails have been arrested and even sentenced to 'reform-through-labour'.
Hong Kong-based China human rights research Joshua Rosenzweig adds:
My guess is that someone published something they weren't (yet) supposed to but the underlying facts are not far from the truth.
— Joshua Rosenzweig (@siweiluozi) 12月 2, 2012 
All Things Nuclear
-- China’s New Leaders May Surprise Obama  Robert Blohm‘s suggestion that Xi’s initial remarks to journalists embody what one Chinese dissident describes as a new Chinese naziism seem overblown, but Xi’s use of the term “Great Chinese National Renaissance (中华民族伟大复兴)” deserves attention.
-- Southeast Asian leaders to ask China to start talks on legally-binding pact on islands dispute  Southeast Asian leaders decided to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding accord aimed at preventing violence over disputed South China Sea territories.
-- To the Netizens of China, 致中国网民, From Pakistan  The 20 million Internet users in Pakistan are on the brink of being monitored, filtered and possibly silenced for their views, and we fear that the government of China and Chinese spy-tech companies are aiding this human rights violations.
-- Make investment, Zardari urges top Chinese officials  President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday invited the China Investment Corporation (CIC) to avail enormous opportunities in Pakistan in areas of energy, infrastructure development, mining, communication and agriculture.
-- China’s Oil Quest Comes to Iraq  While China's oil dealings with countries like Iran and Sudan receive global attention, its budding relationship with Iraq may turn out to be the most important.
-- Army chief reviews security situation along China border  India is upgrading its defence preparedness along the eastern boundary by raising more troops, new formations and deploying more lethal assets such as the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
New York Times
-- Alarm as China Issues Rules for Disputed Area  New rules announced by a Chinese province last week to allow interceptions of ships in the South China Sea are raising concerns in the region, and in Washington, that simmering disputes with Southeast Asian countries over the waters will escalate.
-- China Drones Prompt Fears of a Drone Race With the US  It’s evident that China intends to take full advantage of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to achieve its national interests – including their territorial disputes over the Senkaku Islands and South China Sea.
-- Reinstate Jigme Ngabo with full honors  In my article on Tibetan Democracy I have mentioned his father Ngabo Ngawang Jigme as one those high aristocracy of old Tibet who choose rather to collaborate with the Chinese Regime than the government of Tibet under the reform orientated young Dalai Lama. I am quite sure that he has read my article but sensed no personal grudge.
Voice of America
-- ASEAN Chief Worries Beijing Raising Stakes in South China Sea  Chinese state media reported Thursday that starting January 1 police from the southern island province of Hainan will be authorized to “land on, check, seize, and expel foreign ships” that enter the area illegally.
-- In China, 25 Million People Use Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books  While discussions have been underway about release of the Kindle, it is not available yet. (Amazon's distribution of printed books is very large, with 13 warehouses around the country using couriers to deliver books as fast as the day they are ordered online).
-- The Tale of the Kidnapped Princeling  In China's powerful but brittle dictatorship, built on almost invisible lines of patronage, the false reports of Jiang's death immediately became a major matter of national security.
-- GM China Opens Phase II of Advanced Technical Center  General Motors China hosted its second annual “Tech Day” event in conjunction with the opening of the second phase of the GM China Advanced Technical Center.
Human Rights Watch
-- China: Tibetan Immolations, Security Measures Escalate  On November 14, after five self-immolations in their area in a week, officials in Huangnan (Malho in Tibetan) prefecture in Qinghai ordered the cancellation of all “benefits received by the households of self-immolators under public benefit policies” and announced that “all projects running on state funds in self-immolators’ villages must be stopped.”
-- Occupied Tibet: twenty-eight self-immolations in twenty-six days (4-30 November 2012) 
-- Heading for Resurgence: Exhibition of Xi's Ambitions 
-- China’s Born “Leaders” 
-- Hope for stronger ASEAN trade links 
-- Foreign investment shows no sign of retreating 
-- Chinese companies interested in Greek plan to sell assets 
-- A rebalancing that is way out of kilter 
-- New anti-graft head promises more supervision 
-- China opposes court ruling 
-- Venezuela seeks to fuel oil links 
-- Rich youngsters keen to spend on philanthropy 
-- Cyprus targets Chinese for investment and immigration 
-- China Unicom hit by huge losses in Telefonica investment 
China Internet Information Center
-- What's next after Obama's re-election? 
-- US universal values not working in Mideast 
-- China Voice: "Chinese dream" attainable through down-to-earth work 
-- "Chinese dream" resonates online after Xi's speech 
-- Chinese manufacturing continues to expand in November 
-- Chinese navy conducts rescue drills in W Pacific 
-- 33 mln USD spent in China-Australia health program 
-- Interview: West needs new view on China: Kevin Rudd