Poet Held in Southern China Over Planned Poetry Anthology Remembering Liu Xiaobo

This what true lack of “Free Speech” looks like.

Not the “I don’t like what you have to say” version many have protested in this country.

You don’t have to listen to what people say and you are free to publicly disagree with them, to call for their rejection or boycott their clubs, products, services, etc. But everyone should be free to express themselves – no matter how great or awful that expression may be.

Appreciate the fact that anyone can speak their mind in our country – and remind yourself, the same freedom is not true for everyone in some other countries.

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have criminally detained a poet after he compiled an anthology to commemorate late Nobel peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died last month of liver cancer in police custody.

Wu Minglang, 49, known by his pen-name Langzi, was detained in Guangdong’s provincial capital Guangzhou on Aug. 18 on suspicion of “illegal business activity.

“A copy of his initial statement showed that he was interviewed by “law enforcement from the Haizhu District State Administration for Press and Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT).

“It is our intention to begin an investigation based on your suspected violation of rules and regulations pertaining to publications,” the officer told Wu. “Do you understand?”

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