Activist missing after escaping from 'black jail'

A blind mainland activist denied entry to Hong Kong for the July 1 rally is missing after fleeing a 'black jail' in Hebei province on Tuesday morning, a Hong Kong-based rights organisation says.

Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am

Locals have little faith in Beijing

Hongkongers are losing their confidence in the central government. A survey has found that their mistrust is at its highest point since May 1997.

The poll was conducted this month by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme. Results showed 37 per cent of 1,003 respondents distrust Beijing.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lest we forget

June Fourth Elegies by Liu Xiaobo Jonathan Cape

Most poetry is to some degree about experience. Much of it, however, filters experience in such a way as to partially or wholly uncouple itself from events. Often, as a result, 'what' it may be about seems secondary to the 'how' it goes about providing meaning.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Yu Jie describes brush with death

Dissident Christian writer Yu Jie who has fled to the United States with his family, yesterday accused Beijing police of torturing him to the brink of death over a year ago and vowed he would not return before dramatic political change took place in his country.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dissident 'questioned by police for seven hours'

Hu Jia, one of the mainland's most high-profile dissidents, said he was questioned by police for more than seven hours yesterday and warned that he could be detained again if he continues campaigning on behalf of fellow activists.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Is China's glass half empty or half full?

Thesis: China is a ruthless dictatorship that denies its people their basic rights, jails and tortures its critics, destroys its natural environment, rewrites history, manipulates its currency and global trade rules and bullies neighbouring states. Corruption exists at almost every level of officialdom.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Liu Xiaobo got jail leave to mourn father's death

Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison term on subversion charges, was allowed out of jail briefly last month to mourn the death of his father, his brother said yesterday.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese 'peace prize' ditched after one year

The controversial 'Confucius Peace Prize', unveiled hastily last year after jailed mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize amid furious protests from Beijing, has suddenly been cancelled.

The award this year was scrapped for 'violating relevant regulations', the organisers' parent association said in a letter posted on the Ministry of Culture website.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

World must press China to free Nobel laureate

Last December, I sat in the front row of the audience assembled at Oslo City Hall, watching Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize being presented to an empty chair. His imprisonment brought global attention - for a moment - to Chinese people's demands for fundamental rights. But, after the speeches and celebration ended, the headlines shifted.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Authors report worsening persecution by Beijing

The recent banning of six mainland writers from visiting Hong Kong and the barring of two exiled authors from returning to their homeland shows Beijing's latest wave of control over dissent has extended to independent-thinking intellectuals and writers, some of them say.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Authorities bar mainland writers from visiting city

Six mainland writers were barred from travelling to Hong Kong to attend a conference organised by the Chinese branch of PEN International, the writers' organisation said yesterday.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Highlighter pens

Eclat de Teint By Terry (HK$540/6.5ml)

Claim: the Rose Flash pen erases flaws, smoothes out and refreshes tired features through the optical correction of skin surface texture. It can be applied onto bare skin or skin with make-up.

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter (HK$190/3.6ml)

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Speaking volumes

The prospect of afternoon tea in London with the dissident writer Ma Jian offers an extra cupful of novelty.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Nobel Prize winner's family denied visits

Jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo - accused of being a 'black hand' in the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement 22 years ago - has not been allowed to see his family for nearly eight months, raising concerns that he is being denied his basic rights in retaliation for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Critical acclaim for film about Nobel laureate

A documentary about Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo has received critical acclaim after its first screening in Britain.

I Have No Enemies: Liu Xiaobo by British director Claudine Parrish includes an interview with Ai Weiwei before the artist disappeared last month.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am