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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hao Wu

The plight of Hao Wu, a Chinese editor and blogger at Global Voices Online, came to my attention through Ingrid at Blogger Roundtable, in which she encouraged others to do like she and many others did and write the Wall Street Journal to plea for the release of Hao Wu, who has been imprisoned for "state secrets" by the government of Mao Zedong.
So on our Independence Day I would ask others to join us in writing a letter to the editor of the WSJ, which has done much in publicizing this issue, asking for the release of Hao Wu. Below is the letter that I wrote. Feel free to copy it.

"To the Editor:
The Government of China needs to understand that this is a small world, that taking away the freedom of one without due cause and due process threatens us all. If we in our comfortable country can take notice of the plight of a man who loves his country but stands for making it better, then perhaps the Chinese Government will realize that nothing will go unnoticed.
If China wants to be viewed as a world power, then they must care about their reputation within the most powerful and influential nation on earth. If they want to grow their economy, then they must care about their reputation within the most powerful economic nation on earth.
So on this day, Independence Day in the United States, I am appealing to the Chinese Government through the efforts of the Wall Street Journal to release Hao Wu or to at the very least make public the charges against him and try him on those charges.
About which we will watch as well.
I will also post this letter on my blog and request my readers, few that they are, to do the same."



Also read Ethan Zuckerman's blog regarding the situation with Hao wu.

4 comments:

Ingrid said...

will keep you posted if I see it published! Thanks for the support, every little bit can help!
Ingrid

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