July 11, 2006

China: Wu Hao released

Filed under: About Hao Wu, News, Nina's blog — Feng @ 1:05 pm

Following nearly five months in prison, blogger, documentary maker and American permanent resident Wu Hao has been released, as noted in a July 11 post on his sister Nina’s blog:

刚刚得到家里电话, 被告知皓子出来了.谢谢大家的关心,但他需要清静一阵子.

Just got a call at home and informed that Wu Hao is out. Thank you everyone for your concern, but he needs some silence for now. If there is any new information it will be posted on this blog.

Set up soon after her little brother’s arrest by Chinese authorities, Nina’s blog has served as the centerpoint in the campaign to have Hao released. English translations of each of her posts recounted the hostility Nina received in repeated unsuccesful attempts to gain any information on her brother’s whereabouts. Frustrated and fearing how the news would affect her parents’ health, in late May she wrote that her brother had been denied access to a lawyer.

Support was strong across the blogsphere, with hundreds of fellow bloggers posting on Nina and Hao’s story, as well as putting up Free Hao Wu tags. Support was there from some mainstream media, with the Wall Street Journal chipping in just a week ago, and a piece written in The Washington Post by Global Voices co-founder Rebecca MacKinnon coinciding with Chinese president Hu Jintao’s visit to America:

“Hao turned 34 this week. He personifies a generation of urban Chinese who have flourished thanks to the Communist Party’s embrace of market-style capitalism and greater cultural openness. He got his MBA from the University of Michigan and worked for EarthLink before returning to China to pursue his dream of becoming a documentary filmmaker. He and his sister, Nina Wu, who works in finance and lives a comfortable middle-class life in Shanghai, have enjoyed freedoms of expression, travel, lifestyle and career choice that their parents could never have dreamed of. They are proof of how U.S. economic engagement with China has been overwhelmingly good for many Chinese.”

Several members of the U.S. Congress wrote letters of concern on Hao’s behalf. We are also grateful for some diplomacy - both quiet and open - conducted elsewhere. Late last week free speech group Reporters Without Borders announced a successful lobbying attempt aimed at the European Parliament, which ratified a resolution on freedom of expression on the internet. Included in the resolution is a list of nine imprisoned bloggers and cyberdissidents, including Hao.


  1. YES!

    Comment by nausicaa — July 11, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

  2. WOW! What wonderful news!

    Comment by Rachel — July 11, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  3. I am so glad. Thanks Rebecca and Ethan for all your work.

    Comment by Other Lisa — July 11, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  4. Thanks to everyone who has been agitating for Hao’s release and advocating for his freedom. We will likely never know to what extent our efforts helped, but it’s important to ensure that people whose rights are constrained are not forgotten. Today is a happy day.

    Comment by Ethan Zuckerman — July 11, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

  5. Yes, what are relief…
    I hope he is healthy.

    Comment by d. — July 11, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  6. Good to hear he’s finally out. Just hope the guy’s ok….

    Congratulations are in order for his sister and everyone else that worked for his release.

    Comment by Raj — July 11, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

  7. Excellent news!

    Comment by Malnurtured Snay — July 11, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  8. Excellent. Now we can work on other writers facing consequences like Ernst Zundel in Germany and E.A. Blayre III in America where the gov’t forced Amazon to drop his book titled “America Deceived”. Congrats again. Freedom of Speech, forever.
    Last link (before Google Books bends to gov’t pressure):

    Comment by Michael Taler III — July 11, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

  9. This is GREAT news! Best wishes to Hao for a speedy recovery from his ordeal.

    Comment by Wesley Fryer — July 11, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  10. […] After months of international and domestic pressure, blogger, documentary maker and American permanent resident Wu Hao has been released from Chinese detention. […]

    Pingback by One, small step » | Antony Loewenstein — July 11, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

  11. yea! Hao Wu is free!

    Comment by yet another Lisa — July 11, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

  12. 恭喜!! 祝福你们!


    Comment by 玛 — July 12, 2006 @ 12:33 am

  13. […] Poco más se sabe de él y de su estado físico y psíquico después de tan prolongada detención, ya que su familia ha decidido mantener la misma prudente reserva que viene observando desde el inicio del affaire. […]

    Pingback by Shanghai express :: HAO WU LIBERADO :: July :: 2006 — July 12, 2006 @ 1:08 am

  14. […] People around the world have been rejoicing since Hao’s sister Nina announced on her blog that Hao has been released from wherever the police were holding him. He is now at home in Beijing with his family. We hope he will rest and take care of himself… and that people will leave him in peace to recover from his ordeal. […]

    Pingback by Free Hao Wu » Welcome home Hao! — July 12, 2006 @ 1:37 am

  15. Joining in to cheer for the great news!

    Comment by Rob — July 12, 2006 @ 2:45 am

  16. What amazing news! I’m so happy to hear this! I honestly thought, in recent weeks, Hao’s chances had dimmed for release in the immediate future. Truly this has been a lesson in never giving up hope, and always standing up for the freedom of others - no matter where they may be.

    Comment by Steven — July 12, 2006 @ 6:00 am

  17. Hao Wu you hold in your hands, the most precious gift of all: FREEDOM. The freedom to express your thoughts. your love and your vision. The freedom to be who you want to be. Hao Wu has the right to privacy and we should respect it…at all times, its indeed the beginning of all freedom.


    Comment by Ray Grairo — July 12, 2006 @ 7:46 am

  18. Hao Wu Is Free!…

    Online again, ADSL is up, wireless works and, as usual, tons of e-mails in the Inbox. But, without further ado, here’s the big news: Hao Wu has been finally released!. As you might remember, chinese authorities detained filmmaker and blogger Hao…

    Trackback by Total Tactics — July 12, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

  19. What great news! Another victory won against mindless tyranny. Good work everyone! And get well Wu Hao!

    Now onto the next cases - there are so many to chose from.
    How about Li Zhi (http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=16579)or Shi Tao (http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=113), two who were ensnared by the authorities with the willing complicity of Yahoo.

    Comment by Maddog — July 12, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

  20. What great news! I’m so happy to hear this!

    Comment by Steve — July 12, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  21. I’m so relieved to read this! Congrats to Hao Wu, I hope he’s ok, and to his sister!

    Comment by Lu — July 15, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  22. dbwwvzs…

    memtonlfry qaoses rxxicnwilou…

    Trackback by ypbtgqmzlcw — July 20, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

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