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Chinese Regime Blacklists 247 Dissidents

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China’s Propaganda Ministry has created a blacklist of “247 so-called dissidents that Chinese media are now forbidden to interview or write about.” One of those dissidents include a well-known blogger who was fired from his job in 2006 for writing an article that exposed the forced dmolition of a Christian church building.

8/28/09 China (NTDTV) Zan Aizong is a well-known Chinese blogger who’s sometimes critical of the Communist Party. In 2006, he was arrested and fired from his job as the Zhejiang bureau chief of the Chinese Ocean News for writing an article that exposed the forced demolition of a Christian church building.
Well now the regime has labeled him a dissident—adding him to a secret media blacklist and shutting down his blog.
The blacklist was created by China’s Propaganda Ministry. It contains the names of 247 so-called dissidents that Chinese media are now forbidden to interview or write about.
Chinese news service Boxun.net reports that the media have been ordered to copy the blacklist by hand—making sure there’s no electronic record.

[Zan Aizong, Writer and “Dissident”]:
“Handing out this document is equivalent to violating citizens’ rights to their names and reputations. If you don’t allow them to be published, it’s like saying there’s something wrong with the person or he’s made mistakes or broken the law. Their reputation would be tarnished. The [Propaganda Ministry] can be sued through civil laws.”
Other dissidents on the blacklist include democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, his wife Liu Xia, and an outspoken former associate professor at Peking University, Jiao Guobiao.

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