Five Chinese women's rights advocates are among those charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Photo: Reuters Five Chinese women's rights advocates are among those charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Photo: Reuters
Five Chinese women's rights advocates are among those charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Photo: Reuters

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‘Picking quarrels and provoking trouble’: how China’s catch-all crime muzzles dissent

  • In 2013, authorities broadened its application for use against those deemed to have posted and widely spread false news or rumours on the internet
  • Critics say the crime – which has been levelled against journalists, activists and lawyers as well as ordinary citizens – is vague and kills free speech

Topic |   Human rights in China
Five Chinese women's rights advocates are among those charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Photo: Reuters Five Chinese women's rights advocates are among those charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Photo: Reuters
Five Chinese women's rights advocates are among those charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Photo: Reuters
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