China Sentences Woman To Labor Camp For A Twitter Post

A little birdie told me that Twitter is capable of ‘disturbing social order.’ The New York Times reports:

A Chinese woman was sentenced to one year in a labor camp Wednesday after she forwarded a satirical microblog message that urged recipients to attack the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, human rights groups said Thursday.

The woman, Cheng Jianping, 46, was accused of “disturbing social order” for resending a Twitter message from her fiancé that mocked young nationalists who held anti-Japanese rallies in several cities last month. The original message sarcastically goaded protesters to go beyond the smashing of Japanese products and express their fury at the heavily policed expo site.

Ms. Cheng added the words “Charge, angry youth.”

Ms. Cheng was seized last month in the southeastern city of Wuxi on the same day as her fiancé, Hua Chunhui. Mr. Hua, who was released five days later, told reporters the two had planned to marry on the day of their detention.

Continues at The New York Times

8 Comments on "China Sentences Woman To Labor Camp For A Twitter Post"

  1. Hadrian999 | Nov 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm |

    could easily happen in the usa, anyone remember the guy that was charged and his equipment seized for twitting what police broadcast over open channels at a protest

  2. Hadrian999 | Nov 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

    could easily happen in the usa, anyone remember the guy that was charged and his equipment seized for twitting what police broadcast over open channels at a protest

    • It sounds just like the guy who tweeted about blowing up the airport.

    • Ironaddict06 | Nov 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |

      I can’t wait until this comes to the USA. Way to many people admire China because they can get things done, unlike here in the U.S. were there is gridlock.

  3. It sounds just like the guy who tweeted about blowing up the airport.

  4. Ironaddict06 | Nov 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

    I can’t wait until this comes to the USA. Way to many people admire China because they can get things done, unlike here in the U.S. were there is gridlock.

  5. Hadrian999 | Nov 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm |

    i do admire the Chinese penalty for political corruption

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