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Opinion: Convictions of four people over private conversations show how far personal freedoms have deteriorated under Xi Jinping

The use of private conversations in court was a disturbing turn, showing that the government feels so confident in its authoritarian ways that it admits publicly to spying on citizens," writes Murong Xuecun. "The activists may have discussed how to change the government, but the authorities crossed a line in obtaining their evidence."
12 months ago
Sky Canaves
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.
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