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


There 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.