Singer's arrest sparks off debate on free speech in China
BEIJING (AP) - Hours after a man with long-running grievances against officialdom set off a homemade explosive at Beijing's airport, a singer-songwriter turned to the Internet to release her own sarcastic wish list of to-be-bombed targets.
By the next day, Ms Wu Hongfei - known for her activism and whimsical songs - was in police detention on a criminal charge that prompted an outcry and an outpouring of public discussion on the boundaries of China's free speech laws in the new era of social media.
In a rare backtrack by local authorities, Ms Wu will apparently be released Friday without further prosecution.
"If the state machine is used to penalise anyone who ever says wrong words, who would dare to say anything?" Peking University law professor Zhang Qianfan said.