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Shanghai court accepts detained rights lawyer’s defamation case against state-backed media

2 months ago
Jiayun Feng
here has been little good news for China's activist lawyers in recent years, but today the South China Morning Post writes that a Shanghai court has agreed to hear a defamation suit brought by the father of rights activist Jiang Tianyong against a state-backed media outlet for reporting that he had "people with grievances to 'resist government agencies and interrupt judicial procedures,' 'severely violating social order' and creating a 'negative social impact.'" Courts in Beijing and Guangzhou had earlier rejected similar suits.
By Jiayun Feng
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first twenty years and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she went to NYU Graduate School of Journalism for the Global & Joint Program Studies that allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interests in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
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