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Political Activism Cannot be a Legal Shield

Apr 11, 2011

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is being investigated over "suspected economic crimes", according to authorities on Thursday. Some Western media outlets immediately questioned the charge as a "catch-all crime", and insisted on interpreting the case in their own way.

Western media claimed that Ai was "missing" or had "disappeared" in previous reports, despite their acknowledgement of Ai's detainment. They used such words to paint the Chinese government as a "kidnapper".

Now they describe the police's charge as "laughable" and flout the spirit of the law. They depict anyone conducting anti-government activities in China as being innocent, and as being exempt unconditionally from legal pursuit.

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