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Chen Guidi (left) and Wu Chuntao

Chen Guidi (left) and Wu Chuntao

The husband-and-wife team had written a bestselling book that detailed the corruption and abuses by a local party official in Fuyang in northwestern Anhui province. The exposed official, Zhang Xide, sued for defamation. The court issued no decision in this case, avoiding making a choice between ignoring Pu’s strong cross-examination that exposed the wrongdoings of party officials, and rejecting the official’s lawsuit, which would send a message to the public about the law’s potential use as a weapon against the party.

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