Free speech debate in China after singer held for bomb threat
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese singer who was detained for threatening to bomb government offices after a man detonated a device at Beijing airport has triggered a debate about free speech.
The airport attacker Ji Zhongxing - a wheelchair-bound former driver who said he had failed for years to win redress after a police beating left him paralysed - garnered some sympathy after the explosion destroyed his hand and injured an officer earlier this month.
Hours later, rock singer Wu Hongfei said on Sina Weibo, a social network service akin to Twitter, that she wanted to blow up the housing authority and a neighbourhood committee in the capital.
She was detained days later on suspicion of "fabricating fake terrorism information", a crime which carries a maximum sentence of five years, the China Daily said.