——中国民间人士关于德国之声中文部争议的公开信 (博讯 boxun.com)
“六四镇压”快20年了，但是在中国国内，“六四”仍然是一个言论的禁区。你们是否认为，有必要以联署的方式来呼吁保护中国境内那些想冲破这个禁区的人？我们注意到该信联署者中有一位从事国际政治研究的教授（Reimund Seidelmann, Universität Gießen），据称他还是北京中国人民大学的一位名誉教授。那么，我们想问问他，他是否知道中国人民大学有一位教授叫丁子霖（也是本信的签名者之一）。她的儿子在“六四”中被无辜杀害了，她代表的“天安门母亲”为寻求正义苦苦抗争了近20年。但她的言论自由在中国境内完全被剥夺：她的声音在国内彻底被消音，她的著作不能在国内出版，也不能在国内流传，连她的人身自由都得不到保障。我们要请问这位人民大学的名誉教授，当你接受人大校方赐予的这份荣誉时，你会想到“丁子霖”这个名字吗？当她的公民权利受到不公正的侵犯时，你愿意保护她吗？愿意对侵犯她权利的中国政府进行反击吗？
May You Listen to the Voices of Chinese Civilians?
An Open Letter on the disputes of Deutsche Welle's China Section
To German Bundestag,
To Broadcasting Council of Deutsche Welle,
To the Sinologists and China Experts
Dear Madams and Sirs,
We, the undersigned, have observed that 49 of European Sinologists, China experts and other celebrities published an open letter on the dismissing of a head of the Deutsche Welle's China Section (e.g. summarized in a report at online web of the People's Daily, http://world.people.com.cn/GB/14549/8155375.html, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party). Since the subject of that letter is related to the debates on China's past and current situations, we, Chinese civilians, particularly the intellectuals residing in China, have felt that it is our duty to make our positions known about the relevant issues raised by that letter.
1) We consider that the decision that Deutsche Welle (DW) has made on a former head of its China Section is an internal administrative matter, and so it is not suitable for the outsiders to interfere with it as most of them are lack of the comprehensive knowledge of the relevant circumstances. We respect DW's decision, and even more appreciate its proclaim "to uphold the values of freedom, democracy and human rights to which DW has adhered". We expect that DW can abide by this pledge all along.
2) We oppose the irresponsible speeches on China's human rights situations made by the former head of DW's China Section. For instance, she claimed, "The Communist Party of China has made a greater contribution to the practice of Article Three of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights than any of other political forces in the world." And she also quoted an appraisal by the Beijing correspondent of Zeit as "Getting 400 millions of Chinese people shaking off poverty during last 30 years is one of the greatest improvement of human rights in the recent years." We hold that these appraisals were fully based on China's governmental propaganda with no foundation of factual statistics that could be likely verified by any of independent journalists or scholars, and so that a journalist took such a propaganda as his or her own opinion with no doubt was clearly lack of the professional attainment and integrity. However, we also maintain that such speeches, although absurd, are still within the scope of speech freedom, and appreciate that neither DW nor another institution has done anything of depriving no one from his/her right to freedom of expression. Therefore, the call that "(we) must firmly strike back to protect them" in that letter by 49 celebrities was obviously exaggerated and misleading.
3) That letter considered, "this discussion is a part of the debates on the issue how to judge China's development and rise today". This is correct. We expect that such a debate raised in that letter may have a chance to discuss in China freely from being suppressed. We wish more that the cosigners of that letter will make some efforts with their reputation and influence to promote such a free discussion in China as well.
However, what has made us feel pity and disappointed is that we have only seen that that letter has only complained about the removal of someone from leadership of DW's China section, but not that those who had got "Cooperative Partnership" with Chinese authorities have appealed for those discriminated against their expressions. We would like to ask a question, if those who spoke what Chinese government loved to listen to need protection, do others who criticized it not need to protect? Or when they are compared, is the latter's freedom of speech insignificant?
Just a few of the examples are presented here.
It has been almost 20 years since June Fourth Massacre, topic of the June Fourth has so far been a forbidden zone of speeches. Whether or not do you consider it necessary to have a cosigned letter to call for the protection of those who want to breach this zone? We have found that there is a cosigner (Reimund Seidelmann, Universität Gießen) engaged in the study on international politics, and who has been noted as an Honorary Professor at China's People University (CPU) in Beijing. Then we would like to ask him whether or not he has realized there is Professor DING Zilin, one of the cosigners of this letter, at the same university. Her son was innocently killed during the Massacre. On behalf of Tiananmen Mothers, she has painfully struggled for justice nearly 20 years, but her right to freedom of expression within China has been completely deprived. In China, her voice has been thoughtfully silenced, her book has been prohibited from publishing or circulating, and even her personal freedom has got nothing to protect. We world like to ask Prof. Seidelmann whether he could be reminded of the name of Prof. Ding when he was honored by the administration of CPU. Will you do anything to protect her when her civil rights are violated by injustice? Are you ready to strike against China's governmental violation of her rights?
Another cosigner of this letter is Mr. BAO Tong who should be familiar to the China experts among you. Please ask him whether he has got any freedom of expression in China? Is his name able to appear on any of domestic media in China? After 7 years in prison, he has supposedly resumed his status of citizenship for more than 10 years but his personal freedom has been still deprived illegally, not to say any freedom of speech. Have you ever thought to protect him, or to strike against China's governmental violation of his civil rights?
There is also Mr. SHI Tao, a journalist and poet serving a 10-year sentence in prison. At least those who have got "Cooperative Partnership" with Chinese authorities should have leant that this is one of typical cases of how an Western entity such as Yahoo! has trade the information on a Chinese citizen with Chinese government as one of terrible results from such a common "cooperative partnership" in China as to seek only profit regardless ethics. Have you thought to cosign an petition for his freedom of expression, or to strike against such evil phenomena in "cooperative partnership" ?
Those experts on international relations and China issues should also have leant at least the of Dr. XU Zerong, an academic colleague who were sentenced by Chinese authority to 13 years in prison in violation of freedom of academic exchange. Do you not feel more concerns to call jointly for the release of Dr. Xu who has been unjustly imprisoned for more than 8 years? Chinese colleagues of journalists, activists, writers and scholars who are deprived from their basic human rights including freedom of expression?
Besides, you should also have known that China authorities have imprisoned there have been tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience sentenced for their speeches. Among them, there are many colleagues of journalists, human rights activists, writers and scholars, including YANG Tongyan (22 years for two sentences), Hada (15), HUANG Jinqiu (12), YANG Zili and his 3 colleagues (8 and 10), ZHENG Yichun (7), ZHANG Jianhong (6), ZHANG Lin (5), YANG Maodong (5) , LU Gengsong (4), CHEN Shuqing (4), QI Chonghuai (4), DU Daobin (3), YAN Zhengxue (3), CHEN Daojun and HUANG Qi (to be tried)……, especially HU Jia who has recently been award by European Parliament 2008 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Will you also make a joint petition for their releases, to let them enjoy a little "human rights improvement" believed by some of you? The cases of discrimination against speech like these are too numerous to mention. How may of the experts and authorities on China issues among you have cared for such cases and made "careful investigation" of them?
It is pretty good that that letter advocated "the careful investigation, analysis and report on various aspects of diversity and contradiction in China's development", and proclaimed to defend the professionalism, responsibility and objectivity of journalist and academic work". Excellent! We raise our both hands to agree with them. Therefore, we urge the experts and scholars who have got "cooperative partnership" with China's governmental institutions to move their feet among Chinese civilians, listen to the voices from various parties and then decide what to do for the protection of free speech. Hereby, we also call on these experts and scholars that, when you are developing your cooperative friendship with Chinese authorities and exchanging your views with Chinese colleagues, please do not forget to include the profound scholarship "to protect freedom of speech" announced in your open letter as a task in your exchange programs.
The last but not the least, we call on all of intellectuals in the world to uphold our professional conscience and maintain our intellectual independence, not to bow to the political power nor to be lured by fame and gain, to take our own actions for universal human values and make our own contributions to benefit all of mankind.
We hope that Deutsche Welle's may publish this open letter of ours.
(53 Chinese citizens)
LI Pu -- Former Deputy Director-general of Xinhua News Agency and Secretary of China NationalSociety of Jounalists， honorary professor of Beijing University, Wuhan University and Lanzhou University (Beijng)
HU Jiwei -- Former Editor-in-Chief and Director-general of People's Daily, former member of Standing Committee of China National People's Congress and Deputy Chairman of Education, Science, Culture and Healthcare Committee, dismissed from all of his posts after June Fourth event in 1989 (Beijing)
LI Rui -- Writer and expert on history of Communist Party of China (CPC), former political secretary of CPC's late Chairman MAO Zedong, persecuted for his criticism of Mao's ultra-leftist policies, and after Cultural Revolution former member of CPC's Central Consultative Committee and former Executive Deputy Head of Organization Department of CPC's Central Committee (Beijing)
YU Haocheng -- Scholar of law, Honorary Director of Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), Former Publisher of Mass Publishing House of Public Security Ministry, imprisoned for 8 months for June Fourth Event in 1989 (Beijing)
GAO Yu -- Journalist, former Deputy Chief Editor of Economics Weekly (Jing Ji Xue Zhou Bao), laureate of First UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, WAN Golden Pen of Freedom and more, imprisoned twice for 7 years in total for June Fourth Event in 1989 (Beijing)
ZHANG Zuhua -- Scholar of Constitutional Politics, former Associate Researcher of Research Center of China Youth Studies and former Standing Member of Central Committee of Communist Youth League of China, politically persecuted for June Fourth Event in 1989 and often under house arrest since then (Beijing)
DING Zilin, Professor at CPU, "Tiananmen Mothers", ICPC Honorary Director and its laureate of Freedom to Write Award, laureate of NYAS Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award, French Freedom Foundation's Memorial Prize (Le Prix de la Memoire) and others, persecuted and prohibited from visiting overseas for her activism for the victims of Tiananmen Massacre (Beijing)
ZHANG Xianling -- Engineer, "Tiananmen Mothers" (Beijing)
XU Jue -- Researcher, "Tiananmen Mothers" (Beijing)
JIANG Peikun -- Professor at CPU, father of a victim of Tiananmen Massacre (Beijing)
BAO Tong -- Writer, former member of CPC's Central Committee, former political secretary of Standing Committee of its Political Bureau and former Director of its Political System Reform Research Office, imprisoned for 7 years for June Fourth Event in 1989 (Beijing)
ZHANG Yaojie -- Scholar of Humanities, persecuted for supporting human rights activism (Beijing)
LIU Jingsheng -- Freelance, American PEN Freedom to Write Award, imprisoned twice for 13 years in total since Beijing Democracy Wall event in 1978 (Beijing)
Dr. TENG Biao -- Lecturer at China University of Politic Science and Law,legal consultant of ICPC's Writers in Prison Committee, laureate of Human Rights Prize of the French Republic (Prix des Droits de l’Homme de la Republique francaise) and US NED Democracy Award for Human Rights and Rule of Law, prohibited from visiting overseas for his human rights activism (Beijing)
YU Jie -- Writer, ICPC Board Member (Beijing)
WANG Xiaoshan -- Journalist (Beijing)
LIU Tao, Freelance (Beijing)
Tsering Woeser -- Poet and writer, laureate of Norwegian Writers Union Freedom of Expression Prize (Den norske forfatterforenings ytringsfrihetspris), former editor of Tibetan Literature, dismissed from her job and residence, restricted in travel and prohibited from visiting overseas since her book Notes on Tibet was banned in 2004 (Beijing)
JIANG Danwen -- Writer, ICPC Deputy Secretary-general (Shanghai)
WANG Jianbo -- Lawyer (Shanghai)
CHEN Jieyu -- Writer (Shanghai)
ZHAO Dagong -- Writer, ICPC Board Member and Coordinator of its Internet Committee, prohibited from visiting overseas for his human rights activism (Shenzhen)
Shengguan -- Buddhist monk, imprisoned for one year for June Fourth Event in 1989 (Shenzhen)
Wu Wei -- Webmaster and editor (Guangdong)
Miaoju -- Buddhist monk (Guangdong)
CHE Xiangqian -- Freelance (Guangdong)
ZAN Aizong -- Journalist, laureate of ICPC Lin Shao Memorial Award, former chief of Zhejiang station of China Ocean Newspaper (Zhongguo Haiyang Bao), dismissed from his job for his reports on human rights activism and prohibited from visiting overseas (Hangzhou)
ZHUANG Daohe, Scholar and lawyer at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou)
ZHU Zhengming -- Engineer and scholar of humanities, imprisoned for 10 years for organizing China Democracy Party (Hangzhou)
LI Jianqiang --, Writer and lawyer, disbarred for his legal practices of defending political dissidents (Qingdao)
ZHANG Mingshan -- FReelance (Shandong)
XU Gaojin -- Freelance, detained for 4 months for his human rights activism (Jiangxi)
SU Lufeng -- editor of Literary Circles Newspaper (Wen Cui Bao) of Hunan Daily, Executive Board Member and Deputy General Secretary of Changsha He-culture Society (Changsha)
LIU Miao -- Writer (Hunan)
LU Wen -- Writer (Jiangsu)
BIN Lang -- University Teacher (Nanjing)
LIU Yiming -- Freelance (Hubei)
QIN Geng -- Writer, imprisoned for one year for June Fourth Event in 1989
SHEN Youlian -- Freelance (Guiyang)
MO Jiangang -- Poet and writer (Guiyang)
LI Yuanlong, Freelance, former report of Bijie Daily, imprisoned for 2 years for his online articles (Guizhou)
WANG Zhongling -- Poet, Executive Deputy Chief Editor of Voice of Yanta (Xi'an)
LIU Shui -- Writer and poet, former journalist of Southern Metropolis Daily (Nanfang Dushi Bao) and Shenzhen Daily, dismissed from job and imprisoned 5 times for 7 years for his dissident opinions since June Fourth Event in 1989, restricted in seeking job and prohibited from visiting overseas (Shenzhen and Qinqyang)
YI Ke -- Writer (Chengdu)
JIANG Ying -- Poet and scholar, persecuted for Anti-rightists Movement (Tianjin)
YAN Zi -- Writer (Hebei)
LU Xuesong -- Writer and college teacher,laureate of ICPC Lin Shao Memorial Award, dismissed from her teaching duty and house-arrested for one year Reeducation Through Labor for her free lectures (Jilin)
WU Yisan -- Freelance, 5-7 Society (Hong Kong)
CAI Yongmei -- Writer, Executive Editor of Open Magazine (Hong Kong)
Dr. LIU Xiaobo, Writer, former lecturer at Beijing Normal University, ICPC Board Member and its former President, RSF/Foundation de France for Defender of Press Freedom (prix de dfenseur de la libert de la presse de Reporters sans frontires et la Fondation de France) and Prize of Hong Kong Human Rights News Awards, imprisoned 3 times for 5 years and half in total and prohibited from visiting overseas since June Fourth Event in 1989 (Beijing)
ZHOU Qing -- Writer in Residence of Cologne City, his work "What kind of God: a survey of the current safety of China's food" won a prize of Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage, imprisoned for 7 years for June Fourth Event in 1989 (Beijing/Cologne)
LI Jianhong -- Writer in Residence of Stockholm City, laureate of ICPC Lin Shao Memorial Award, persecuted for her Internet expression (Shanghai/Stockholm)
Dr. Yu ZHANG -- Scholar and editor, ICPC former Secretary-general and Coordinator of its Writers in Prison Committee, Chinese citizen denied reentry to China for his activism on ICPC's behalf since 2007 (Stockholm)
(Contact: Dr. Yu Zhang, +46-8-50022792, email: [email protected])
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