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Statement by Shi Tao

July 1, 2015

On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being cautious in both posting and reposting, he was still prevented from logging in. In this new statement, Shi Tao denounces the operators of WeChat and NetEase for aiding the censors. In 2004, Shi Tao was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for "providing state secrets to foreign entities,” after he sent overseas a summary of a Chinese official directive entitled “Notification Regarding Current Efforts to Maintain Stability” in advance of on the 15th anniversary of June Fourth. He was released in 2013.



  1. 对于发生在本国的任何公民被粗暴、野蛮剥夺言论自由的行为,一概不能原谅。将在任何时候以任何方式表达强烈不满与严厉谴责!
  2. 对于微信和易信开发商助纣为虐的行为表示最严重的鄙视!
  3. 本人将利用现有所有通讯渠道继续表达自己的言论。本人一直认为,通过翻墙寻求真相是一个国家的耻辱,但残酷的现实把我们逼上了这条耻辱之路。
  4. 本人将聘请私人律师处理一些维权方面的事宜,包括定期发表公开言论,以及确认人身安全信息等。
  5. 在政治文明已成为某些权贵者的遮羞布、改革开放成为某些富豪们敛财的借口、依法治国成为某种特权施用暴力的合法外衣的黑暗现实之下,仅有的言论自由只是我们维系做人尊严的最后一道防线。如果这道防线都被这样无缘无故撕破,拼死抗争只能是唯一的选择。历史给予我们彼此的机会已经不多,让我们在因果的路上看看谁能笑到最后。




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