Opinion: China’s broad media coverage of activists’ trials marks the leadership’s changing views of rights defenders
"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."
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May 26, 2017