China drops case against blogger

2012-12-14 18:02
(Picture: News24)

(Picture: News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beijing - Chinese prosecutors dropped accusations of inciting subversion against a blogger who published articles online calling for western-style democracy, his lawyer said on Friday, in a rare move by the state.

Chen Pingfu, 55, was charged with "incitement to subversion of state power" by a court in Lanzhou, the capital of China's north-western Gansu province.

His writings included calls for "Western-style democracy" and rebukes of the country's legal system, the state-run Global Times newspaper reported.

"The prosecution withdrew their indictment," Chen's defence lawyer He Huixin told AFP, adding that he was unable to give further comment.

Chen's indictment prompted an outcry by internet users who saw the case as politically motivated, while local media covered it in unusual detail, although some reports were deleted by online censors.

State subversion cases in China tend to result in conviction but a 2010 case against Zuo Xiaohuan, a human rights activist, was dropped in a similar way, although he was detained afterwards.

Chen is a former mathematics and science teacher who fell into debt after paying for heart surgery and became a violin-playing busker on the streets of Lanzhou, the US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China reported.

The Lanzhou intermediate court could not be reached for comment on Friday.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    china
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Ireland centre Payne out of RWC
LIVE: Samoa v Scotland
Jones: Japan can be 'team of the tournament'
LIVE: Australia v Wales
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.