April 28, 2006

Reporters Without Borders condemns “state abduction” of Hao

Filed under: News — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 8:36 am

The following was posted April 26th at the Reporters Without Borders website:

After two months without news, authorites accused of “kidnapping” blogger

Reporters Without Borders today said it considered Chinese blogger Hao Wu to be the victim of state abduction as more than two months have gone by since his arrest without his family getting any news about him. His lawyer has not been allowed to see him, but has been told his client is now in a state security “guesthouse”.

“This case shows the Chinese security services operate without any control by the courts,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Hao is the victim of an arbitrary system that interprets the law as it sees fit. We call on European and American diplomats to raised his case at their meetings with the Chinese authorities. We are curious know how they will justify the Public Security Bureau’s procedures.”

In a message posted on her blog (http://spaces.msn.com/wuhaofamily/blog/), Hao’s sister, Na Wu, said she had hired a lawyer who asked three questions during an interview with the Public Security Bureau on 21 April: why his client is being held longer than allowed by the law, why the authorities refuse to inform his client’s family, and why they refuse to let him see his client, which they should have done within the first 48 hours of his arrest.

The Public Security Bureau replied that these were just “misunderstandings.” Hao was no longer in detention, he was under “house arrest,” the bureau said. At the same time, the case was “classified,” which explained why no information had been given about the charges against Hao and where he was being held. Finally, neither Hao’s family or his lawyer had been allowed to see him because they had not formally requested it, the bureau added.

Na said she has never been directly notified about her brother’s arrest. The classified nature of the arrest is completely new and has never previously been mentioned by the bureau. The comments of Hao’s lawyer are also posted on her blog. He said Hao should have been placed under “house arrest” no more than 30 days after his arrest. Calling the case “classified” was just a pretext for not disclosing the charges against Hao, he added.

Na finished her latest message with the follow comments: “If you have already visited my blog and are already aware of the efforts we have undertaken since his arrest, you will understand how unconvincing the Public Security Bureau’s explanations and excuses are.” In a phone with Reporters Without Borders, she added: “The police have made it clear to me that they are aware of everything I have said and done.”

Hao has a blog called Beijing or Bust in which he writes under the pseudonym of Beijing Loafer. He is also the North-East Asia editor of the website Global Voices, to which he contributes under name of Tian Yi. He was arrested on 22 February while preparing a report on China’s underground protestant churches.

Global Voices has set up a Hao support site: http://ethanzuckerman.com/haowu


  1. The picture of Hao is NOT right. It seems the skin color is intentionally painted to a darkish yellow complexion, a cheap job by softwares like PhotoShop. That is NOT the nature skin color of Asians. I bet the webmaster never depicts whites in the same color. What racist! Also in the image of Hao, there appear to be No gloss shining in his hair. That is simply not ture for Asians. I feel the image of hao serves to depict Asians in a derogatory way. It reflects the racist color-glasses of the Christian west.

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 28, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

  2. Jessica this is the most absurd accusation yet. The photo was cropped but not otherwise altered from a picture emailed to us by Hao’s close friend. Furthermore, on my computer screen his skin color in the photo is tan, not yellow at all. Obviously you are determined to accuse us of racism no matter what we do.

    Comment by Rebecca MacKinnon — April 28, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  3. Reb, I DO NOT accuse people of things they do not do. Ask any Asians about the picture, it will tell you the SAME thing. Your very act is called “counter accusation”; and your counter accusation is false. It reflects your radical/indoctrinated views. Just like, no matter what, you believe in Jesus. No matter what, you believe there is little or no racism existing at all. And DA white majority view is the fatal problem of the US democracy. Your view clashes with any one with different skin colors, it also clashes with any one not Christian.

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 28, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  4. Oh, BTW, I just heard NPR laughing at the Brazilian anti-racism law this morning. The Americans wrongfully think racism should be legal; only rarely verifiable discrimination is not legal according to US law. Clearly, the racist American government can do more. It chooses not to because of so many passionate and denying people like Rebs.

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 28, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

  5. Oh for Buddha’s sake, Jessica. You are absolutely, bat-shit crazy. Get a therapist. You need help. That state-subsidized American college you attend has resources to help people with your problems. “Really.”

    Comment by Other Lisa — April 29, 2006 @ 8:48 am

  6. We’ve encountered “Jessica” before, and even the supremely open-minded Image Thief finally banned it from his site. Looking at the garbage above, we can all see why. Rebecca, I applaud your patience and tolerance. Still, I wish you’d ban Jessica’s ass.

    Comment by richard — April 29, 2006 @ 11:09 am

  7. Lol, Other Lisa, why must you look for a deity’s sake to do anything? Guess I have to pray to Darwin that you will be set free from your religious cage one day. Coming from a civilized culture emphasizing diversity and human freedom, I do not use indecent casting-words like “bat shit”. Lisa, if you have any rational arguments, why not just feel free to express those in a civilized manner. I am interested to hear. Why resort to such low blows as wars and personal attacks; only to destroy your own credibility?

    For both mLisa and Richard, I call for both of you to recognize the diversity of our world, the true freedom of minds, and to respect our differences. The superior nature of Confucius moral is the ability to change and adapt. If you have better thoughts, we whole-heartedly welcome you to speak up. The path of thousands schools of thoughts started since 5000 years ago. It is so much better than an inferior list of rigid commandments made up in a ridiculous book called the Christian Bible.

    Our world is small. Nevertheless, it is a lot larger than your deity (Ghod), religion and political beliefs.

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 29, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

  8. Jessica, I guess I should have included a sarcasm emoticon. That was a little joke.

    I do not believe in God. Or Ghod, for that matter. I am not a Christian. I never attended church growing up. I don’t believe in heaven or hell.

    I identify with Buddhism and Daoism as philosophies (not as religions), much more so than I do with Christianity. I think they are logical and practical methods to living a happier life, and they explain the universe in a way that makes sense to me.

    But I could repeat this ad infinitim and you would refuse to acknowledge that these are my sincere beliefs. And you are obviously a very unhappy person to use this site as your personal soapbox for your exaggerated grievances.

    Comment by Other Lisa — April 29, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  9. And as a p.s., “Jessica” - how on earth can YOU call on anyone to “respect each other’s differences” when all you’ve ever done is insult other peoples’ beliefs and proclaim your own superiority?

    Good luck with that.

    Comment by Other Lisa — April 29, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

  10. Other Lisa, How on earth can YOU call on China to convert to your political and religious system when all you’ve ever done is insult the Chinese people and proclaim your own superiority?

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 30, 2006 @ 12:22 am

  11. I have never insulted the Chinese people. I have never proclaimed the superiority of my religious system. How could I, since I don’t have one?

    It is pathetic that you are using Hao’s blog for baseless attacks and lies. And I’m sorry to have contributed to this by responding to your insults.

    Comment by Other Lisa — April 30, 2006 @ 12:56 am

  12. Other Lisa, in my post number 10, I merely copied and pasted your own sentences and replaced a few nouns and pronouns. What you accuse me of in the post is to be applied to yourself.

    Also, Lisa, although you claim to be a Confucius atheist, you are clearly offended by my scientific evaluation of Christianity. Recall your statements after my post:

    (quote Lisa) “all you’ve ever done is insult other people’s beliefs …”

    Other Lisa, do you know that there are things you cannot FAKE? One thing you cannot fake is your culture identity. Christianity is an intrinsic part of your culture identity. That is why you feel so hurt and then angry when I dismiss Jesus.

    If you have a little education on culture identity, you learn that your perception of China is shaped by Christianity. The more devout a Christian is, the deeper the belief of “no freedom” in foreign nations. Your very behavior verifies who you are despite who you claim to be.

    Needless to say, Christianity is not part of Chinese culture identity. Just like Islam is not part of the US culture identity. No Chinese is ever offended by my evaluation of Jesus. The word “God” in Chinese is intrinsically foreign, just like the Chinese words for “Chocolate”, “Coca-Cola” and “violin”, etc.

    What you are doing, Lisa, is “zhi-4 qi-1 qi-1 ren-2”. I start to feel that I am wasting my time speaking to such mediocre minds.

    Comment by jessica copeland — April 30, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

  13. Yes Jessica. You’re wasting your time. Please go and find some superior minds elsewhere.

    p.s. I never mentioned Kongzi.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 1, 2006 @ 4:10 am

  14. I second Richard’s comment. Maybe you can send this Jessica Copeland a warning first, but if s/he continues like this, please please ban her.

    Comment by Lu — May 1, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  15. Lu - is that because “racism is an offensive word.” in the US?

    BTW, do you know what “Lu” means in Chinese? Do not foolishly use a Chinese word that you do not understand.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 1, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

  16. Stove, gord, skull, reed, loam, display, bow, name of a river…should I go on?

    Comment by other lisa — May 1, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  17. I bet others do not know what you are talking about.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 2, 2006 @ 12:13 am

  18. Good luck to Hao Wu from Chile. May be chinese gobernment understand that freedom is the only acceptable way of life.

    Comment by Iván Pérez G. — May 22, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

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