China: Taiwan Activist Jailed for Social Media Posts

Washington

In response to a Chinese court sentencing a visiting Taiwan democracy activist, Lee Ming-che, to five years imprisonment for discussing democracy on social media, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The court conviction and imprisonment of Lee Ming-che for his social media posts is an attempt by China to silence advocates for democracy throughout the region, extending even to activists’ private conversations with friends,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “His being found guilty of ‘subverting state power’ is a rejection of the most fundamental democratic values."

China is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.

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