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Fang Hong

Fang Hong

Chinese blogger Fang Hong was sent to labour camp in 2011 for writing a satirical poem mocking former Chongqing Communist Party official Bo Xilai.  In 2012, Fang sought to clear his name after Bo was removed from power on charges of corruption. His conviction was overturned.

At the time Fang won his case, Pu Zhiqiang, one of three lawyers advising the blogger, said that he hoped the case would send a message to do away with the labor camps system that was supposed to punish petty criminals but was frequently used to silence political voices.

“We’re hoping they will scratch a system that is unjust and illegal,” Pu said.

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