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Opinion: China’s broad media coverage of activists’ trials marks the leadership’s changing views of rights defenders

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
In [the] future, the government will very likely treat rights defense activities with more vigilance," writes Yiyi Lu. "By loudly publicizing the trials, it’s signaling that wants the general public to do so, too. ... For China’s rights defenders, that means the strategy of courting the public and mollifying the government by depoliticizing their activism may no longer be valid."
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.