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.
Posted by Flavie Fuentes