Voices of dissent : freedom of speech and human rights in China

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  • Although China's government has pledged to revise its policies toward political dissidents, that promise remains largely unfulfilled. This program reveals egregious cases of political oppression occurring in recent years, countering the picture China painted of itself as it promoted the Beijing Olympics. Pushing back against bureaucracy and official stonewalling, the program examines the work of activist Hu Jia, his arrest and jail sentence, and the constant police harassment faced by his wife and lawyers. Numerous other cases are profiled while government apologists also appear - including China's Olympics Media Director and the head of Beijing's Deng Xiaoping Thought Research Center.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 19, 2009.
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  • Introduction: Voices of Dissent: Freedom of Speech and Human Rights in China (1:46) -- Uncovering China's Secrets (1:33) -- Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court (1:46) -- The Real China and the Olympics (1:35) -- Warning by the Beijing Police Bureau (2:23) -- One Man News Agency (2:02) -- Reporters Without Borders (0:42) -- Official Verdict (1:44) -- Response to the Verdict (1:10) -- Government Perspective (1:54) -- Politically Sensitive Cases (2:16) -- Fear of Retribution in China (2:06) -- Police Mandated Termination (15:14) -- Olympic Media Rules (1:26) -- No Interview Access (1:36) -- Censorship in China (1:32) -- Silenced by Chinese Government (1:48) -- Notes on Tibet (1:55) -- Crack Down on Protests (1:44) -- Threat of Retribution for Helping Tibet (1:10) -- We Want Human Rights, Not the Olympics (1:31) -- Human Rights for All (2:08) -- Dangers of Human Rights Activism (2:04) -- Has China Changed for the Better? (1:53) -- Hope for a Free China (2:01)
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