Citizen Journalist Tweets About His Own Detention
I spoke with Zhou via gtalk, and he has agreed to post a personal account on NowPublic in Chinese (which will be translated). This is his member page: http://members.nowpublic.com/zola
His other page is: http://www.alouz.com/weblog/
Chinese citizen journalist Zhou ‘Zuola’ Shuguang has used microblogging service Twitter as he was detained by officials, Global Voices Online (GVO) has reported.
Zuola, who has used his blog to publish his own investigations into incidents such as the recent Chinese earthquake and the cover-up of a teenager’s murder, recently purchased a Blackberry and has been sending updates with the device to the Twitterberry service.
According to translations of his tweets by GVO, Zuola was forced to leave his parents house in a car by officials from the Meitanba Mining Group:
Zuola has since reported that he is under ‘town arrest’ and cannot leave the town of Meitanba:
This actually happened on Wednesday afternoon in China: Chinese citizen journalist 周曙光 (Zhou Shugang) tweeted about his own detention as it was happening.
I just contacted him via e-mail and this is his reply:
Zola™ to me show details 10:02 AM (5 minutes ago) Reply
you can try to use command
nslookup www.zuola.com ns1.dreamhost.com
to get my true IP
Because the Chinese government give you a fake DNS result if you try to get my IP
if you can ,please add line to hosts file like this:
and you can access http://22.214.171.124 temporary
2008/8/16 heiky kwan <*********@gmail.com>- Hide quoted text -
I don't know if you're sleeping or not. I can read Chinese, so don't worry, but I can't type it because I don't have a Chinese Typing program installed.
I've noticed that your blog has been blocked. Possible by Chinese authorities.
Would you want to post to NowPublic.com for the meantime?
Please contact me ASAP.
There's more to come because I'm in the middle of a conversation with him as I'm typing this.
For the original story:
Chinese citizen journalist, Zhou ‘Zuola’ Shuguang was today placed under a kind of ‘town arrest’ by Chinese authorities. Apparently he was able to tweet the incident,
oh the joys of twitter, and his followers quickly got the word out.
The authorities seemed to be uncomfortable with his intention to travel to Beijing and blog about the olympic games. Zuola knew he would be visited by the authorities today and had tweeted about to let everybody know.
Aware of the rucus he was causing he decided against going to Beijing, and was at home when the ….’government people’ came for him. He was detained for a bout an hour and released, and informed that he would not be allowed to leave his hometown for the time being, and told that if he left he would be brought back.
Here's an excerpt from global voices for more background knowledge.
(As of 17:15, Zuola was back at his computer; he seems to have been placed under some sort of ‘town arrest'. Updates below)
Zuola recently bought a Blackberry 8320 to help him with his citizen reporting endeavors, and he appears to have been able to use it along with Twitterberry to send out a few short messages as he was being escorted from his home into a vehicle and driven off:
@zuola: Head of security at Meitanba Mining Group Director Liu w/ 3 others taking me now back to Meitanba Village, scared my parents.
@zuola: I've been made to get into their car. I want my parents to confirm what has happened today, what time and place and w/ who, the license plate number of the car I was taken away in. I'm fine, in their car, it feels a bit like I'm being intercepted.
@zuola: The two people who came this morning under the pretense that I'd violated the one child policy are here with Security Dir. Liu now. Turns out they've forced me to go with them.
@zuola: Thank you everyone for your attention. I'm still in the vehicle.
Earlier this morning Zuola tweeted that he wouldn't be online today as he was being visited by “government people”: two from the birth planning office (mentioned above) following up on a report that he had violated China's one-child policy (Zuola has no children) and two to see take his parents out for “tea” and a chat.
Last month Zuola mentioned on his blog feeling nervous about being in Beijing for the Olympics as he had planned, and decided it better to sit it one out and return home to Meitanba, Hunan province. Prior to that he got busted in Shenyang just following the Yilishen incident, where he had traveled to do some citizen reporting for his blog.
Updates hopefully coming soon.
@zuola: Changsha Mining Group Security Director Liu has taken me from Fengmuqiao back to Meitanba. They've demanded that I stay in Meitanba and that if I do, they'll leave me alone. If I leave, they'll bring me back. I stated that that I am not an employee of Changsha Mining Group, although my dad was until he retired from there 13 years ago.
@zuola: I'm in vehicle 湖A 94369 on the way back to Meitanba, there were four people in the vehicle just now.
@zuola: It seems they were a joint task force from the Ningxia Guobao squad, Changsha Mining Group, Fengmuqiao Village government, pretty effective work. First they checked to see that my mobile phone had left the Meitanba area, then they sent Fengmuqiao government people to stand guard, later notifying the Changsha Mining Group Security Division to drive over and pick me up, and take me back to Meitanba, and that was it.
@zuola: I'll just state that aside from having been forced into their vehicle to be taken back to Meitanba, my person is free now. However, I do hope that a journalist will be able to accompany me to Beijing, they won't know what to do then and I expect that it will make for a very vivid story.
@zuola: Changsha Mining Group Security Director Liu took me from Fengmuqiao back to Meitanba. They've demanded that I stay in Meitanba and that if I do, they'll leave me alone. If I leave, they'll bring me back. I don't work for the Changsha Mining Group.