Posted On 2014/06/12 By In News, Government, Social Media, Networking With 564 Views

Chinese Woman arrested for tweeting Tian’anmen Comments

Chinese police have arrested a woman for comments made on Twitter, state media said, with the detainee apparently a student who posted about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The arrest comes after authorities stepped up censorship and detained dozens of people ahead of last week’s 25th anniversary of the crackdown, in which soldiers killed hundreds, by some estimates more than 1,000, protesters.

Authorities in Beijing arrested a 22-year-old surnamed Zhao for using Twitter to “spread news of law-breaking methods”, the China News Service said on Monday. The details given in the report appeared to match the Twitter account of Zhao Huaxu, a student in Beijing, who had posted a plan to use a transmitting station to broadcast information about the Tiananmen crackdown via SMS.

Twitter is blocked in China by a system dubbed the “Great Firewall of China”, although some users circumvent controls to use the service. Arrests for comments made on the US service are rare. A phone number listed for Zhao was not answered on Tuesday, and Beijing police were not immediately available for comment.

Authorities launched a campaign against online “rumors” relayed on domestic social media sites last year which saw hundreds of people, including several prominent government critics, detained.


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Chinese police have arrested a woman for comments made on Twitter, state media said, with the detainee apparently a student who posted about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The arrest comes after authorities stepped up censorship and detained dozens of people ahead of last week's 25th anniversary of the crackdown, in which soldiers killed hundreds, by some estimates more than 1,000, protesters. Authorities in Beijing arrested a 22-year-old surnamed Zhao for using Twitter to "spread news of law-breaking methods", the China News Service said on Monday. The details given in the report appeared to match the Twitter account of Zhao Huaxu, a student in Beijing, who had posted a plan to use a transmitting station to broadcast information about the Tiananmen crackdown via SMS. Twitter is blocked in China by a system dubbed the "Great Firewall of China", although some users circumvent controls to use the service. Arrests for comments made on the US service are rare. A phone number listed for Zhao was not answered on Tuesday, and Beijing police were not immediately available for comment. Authorities launched a campaign against online "rumors" relayed on domestic social media sites last year which saw hundreds of people, including several prominent government critics, detained. Learn more in our Global Ready China Seminars Sources: Article: NDTV Gadgets / Image: id-iom Further Reading: How China controls the Internet (2014) China’s Control over Social Media and Communication (2014)

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Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds three Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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