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Yang Maodong, also known as Guo Feixiong, the human rights lawyer and writer, was indicted on June 2014 for "gathering crowds to disrupt public order" in Guangzhou. FrontLine Defenders reports that Guo Feixiong "joined other human rights defenders who had gathered at the newspaper's offices to speak in support of freedom of speech and to show solidarity with 'Southern Weekend' reporters who were resisting censorship efforts."
While in prison, Guo Feixiong was allegedly tortured and his basic rights were denied.
The human rights activist had already been incarcerated in 2007 for "illegal business activity" after the publication of a book on a political scandal in the Liaoning province.
The freedom of expression has recently been ever more restricted with a law adopted on July that bans journalists from publishing state secrets and non-public information. The law does not define "state secrets" nor "non public information" which led several journalists to express their indignation as more censorship can be expected.
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A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class. Various jurisdictions have enacted statutes to prevent discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin, and in some instances sexual orientation.
Source: Cornell University Law School