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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Xu Zhiyong released on bail

Legal scholar and member of the currently defunct Open Constitution legal service (公盟) Xu Zhiyong (许志永) has been released on bail after more than three weeks in custody, reports the BBC Chinese service.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Creating “a Good Public-Opinion Environment”: Nationwide Campaign against “Three Falses”

Hunan Province is striking hard at false media, false media organizations and false reporters, reports Rednet (Changsha, Hunan). The provincial authorities issued an order that work groups on eliminating pornography and illegal publications should carry out their work in the general public and at the grassroot units. The CPP mass line educational requirements is quoted as a basis for the crackdown on the “three falses” (三假) which reportedly started on January 4 and is scheduled to last until the end of March. It is said to be targeted at editorial offices, news bureaus and news websites or newslike websites (新闻类网站) that disturb the order of the press, negatively affect society and harmony. The report blames the “three falses” for rumormongering, hawking advertising space, blackmail (this seems to refer to issues like negative publicity, paid news, etc.

The stated goal of the operations is the building of a good public-opinion environment for society (营造良好的社会舆论环境).

The operations in Hunan are part of a nation-wide campaign. China Cultural Media online gave the campaign a mention last Thursday.

Meantime, Chinese lawyer and transparency campaigner Xu Zhiyong (许志永) is on trial, charged with gathering crowds to disrupt public order. And the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reports that close family members of China’s political elite, including the brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping, have been exposed as operating companies in offshore tax havens, according to leaked financial documents obtained as part of a major international investigation.

The documents, according to the Guardian, also disclose the central role of major Western banks and accountancy firms.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Loving Source Information Center Tax Inquiry

Things don’t look good in the current tax inspection on AIDS support group Beijing Loving Source Information Center (北京爱源信息咨询中心), an AIDS support group, writes Zeng Jinyan, in a blogpost of November 26.  Ms Zeng managed the group and closed its operations down earlier this month.

In the inquiry, Ms Zeng listed six major contributors to Loving Source’s work for children and families affected by AIDS: the Chinese AIDS Foundation (中华艾滋基金会),the World Children Fund (全球儿童基金会), UNICEF (through the Chinese Association of Sexually-Transmitted Diseases and AIDS), ITPC (联合基金), Oxfam, and the Tides Foundation, plus donations through the PPC Pen Pal Club (PPC笔友俱乐部). According to Ms Zeng, most of them were transit amounts which went  directly to children and families affected by AIDS, providing them with aid for costs of living, medical care, and education. The contributions fall into the categories of business taxes, income tax and several other categories. Ms Zeng writes that her organization provided information [to the tax office, apparently] that there is a system of transferring funds.

The laws restricting restablishment of NGOs were so tight they had no choice but to set up a private company, Time correspondent Simon Elegant quoted Teng Biao in July 2009. Once Teng Biao’s and Xu Zhiyong‘s Open Constitution NGO had been shut down by a huge fine, even CCP mouthpiece Global Times quoted a critic of the tax offices’ approach:

It’s not unusual for a corporation to have flaws in taxation,” said Lu Jun, chief coordinator of the Beijing Yirenping Center, a non-profit organization devoted to helping patients fight discrimination and protect their own rights.
“Considering it’s the first time the Open Constitution Initiative has been found to have such flaws, taxation officials could remind it and request it to pay the insufficient tax, rather than forcing it to the edge of bankruptcy by imposing a harsh fine of more than a million yuan.”

But then, that’s probably exactly why the law doesn’t provide NGO’s with a safe legal foundation – to have the option to knock them down at the authorities’ own discretion. The categories of tax that Beijing Loving Source Center may need to pay would suggest that this NGO, too, was established as a private company.

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Updates
Tweet: “taxes on 5yrs of charity”, Twitter, Nov. 26, 2010
Website for Activist’s Release, RFA, Nov. 26, 2010

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Global Times Coverage of Open Constitution crackdown

China’s Global Times, the quickest online publication since the invention of online publications, reports today that Xu Zhiyong was arrested at 5 a.m. on July 29. The publication also quotes Lu Jun, chief coordinator of the Beijing Yirenping Center, a non-profit organization devoted to helping patients fight discrimination and protect their own rights, who apparently finds it a bit unusual that a corporation (the Open Constitution Initiative) is forced to the edge of bankruptcy by imposing a harsh fine of more than a million yuan.

The Global Times apparently decided that it was time to ask questions, but phone calls and interview requests to the Beijing Municipal Office, the State Administration of Taxation (on July 30) and Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau on August 5 haven’t led to new insights yet.

As JR is currently using a computer which doesn’t read Chinese, he can’t check if the Chinese edition of the Global Times (Huanqiu) is carrying out similar inquiries.

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Related:
Propaganda will set You Free, August 09, 2009
Recent Arrests: Can the Chinese Media keep Track of them, August 02, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Academic sparks Anger and Protests

More than one hundred petitioner demonstrated at Bei Da on April 9 (Sing Tao Daily, European Ed., April 10)

Petitioners protesting at Bei Da on April 9 (Sing Tao Daily, European Ed., April 10)

To be a petitioner in China is still risky. But even scientific dignitaries have to choose their words when commenting on them. Professor Sun Dongdong (孙东东), of Beijing University (北京大学), who apparently plays a role in drafting a mental health law,  has recently found out. The professor and head of the university’s judicial expertise center has apologized publicly for – allegedly – saying that 99% of people who take petitions to Beijing were suffering from mental disorders, and that forced hospitalization of mentally ill petitioners was appropriate.

Reportedly, students viewed or view him as one of Bei Da’s ten great humorous professors, but according to a Phoenix News online poll, not too many people found his theories on petitioners agreeable. On the other hand, Sun says that he had been misquoted by China Newsweek.

China Daily quotes Xu Zhiyong, a Beijing-based human rights lawyer, as saying that “to some extent, Sun is just a target. […] arguing with a scholar is much easier than with an official.”

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