nuanced analysis of free speech: jail, still
Posted on by Lyn Jeffery
Hao Wu, self-described "biologist-turned-capitalist-turned-writer & filmmaker wannabe," has a brilliant analysis of the position of many Chinese internet users. His "Do I Have to Take a Stand?" is critical reading for those who are trying to figure out why Chinese bloggers would, for example, deliberately shut down their own blogs as a joke on the overzealous Western media (see previous post).
The post goes over such questions as "Why are are foreigners so gaga over issues of free speech?" and "Do Chinese care" [about "free speech"?].
"Do I Have to Take a Stand?" ends like this: "But wait, would that land me in prison?"
Hao Wu has been in jail since Feb. 22 of this year. More info here.