Dissident writer and human rights legal activist Yang Maodong, better known by his pen name Guo Feixiong, was detained in August of 2013, formally arrested two months later for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” and finally allowed access to legal representation in November of 2013. The charges stem from his involvement in organizing support for Southern Weekly staff members who protested against censorship at the paper in early 2013. The New York Times reports that the activist’s trial is expected to begin on Friday in Guangzhou, and that his lawyers and family members are expecting conviction and imprisonment. Read on.
Photo of the Day: Ancient Methods by Bryon Lippincott (taken in Beijing)