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ICC Note: While making a film about Christian congregations worshipping outside the state-controlled church, this Chinese filmmaker was held in police custody without any declared charges. However, it is a blessing to hear of his recent release.

The Christian Post (7/12/06) – A Chinese filmmaker detained while making a documentary about underground Christians was released Tuesday after more than five months in police custody, his sister said in an Internet posting.

Wu Hao was taken away by authorities Feb. 22, and police repeatedly refused to give details about charges or let his family see him, saying his case had to be kept secret.

Before his release, police had informed the filmmaker he was under “supervised residence,” according to a Web diary kept by his sister, Wu Na.

Chinese authorities often use “supervised residence” to hold people at small hotels in isolated locations under constant surveillance.

The Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Without Borders issued a statement saying it was “immensely relieved” to learn of Wu Hao’s release. The group had been lobbying China ‘s central government to intervene in the case…[Go To Full Story]