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The ‘confessions’ of activist lawyers on televised trials provide a public display of the Communist Party’s power and ‘official paranoia’

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
he trials of four legal activists in Tianjin this week followed a similar script, with defendants bowing their heads as they renounced their past actions. The proceedings drew condemnation from legal experts who described them as show trials and propaganda.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.