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China arrests woman for 'illegal information' on Twitter

Woman tweeted way to spread word on Tiananmen Square action

China arrests woman for 'illegal information' on Twitter
China Change

June 10, 2014

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On Monday, June 9th, China’s state-run media outlet China News (中新网) reported that Beijing police had arrested a 22-year-old young female by the family name Zhao for posting an article on Twitter that teaches how to use a pseudo base station “to send illegal information.” According to the report, the Chinese internet security police formed a task force to solve the case as soon as they discovered this particular tweet, and a multi-agency investigation led to Zhao’s arrest and the confiscation of her “criminal tool” – a laptop computer.

The news alarmed the Chinese Twitter community. Many of them recalled a tweet they had read before June 4th, the 25th anniversary of Tian’anmen democracy movement, by “赵你@RFITB” on May 24, 2014:


“My brain hole opened up briefly [had a flash of genius] this afternoon, and I wrote a June 4th Anniversary. A Conceptual Plan for Using Pseudo Base Station. I have no idea whether this is doable. I don’t have the capacity to do it, but if you think it is an actionable concept, please spread it."

The tweet has the hashtag of “return to Tian’anmen” and “June 4th” but the Chinese official report avoided mentioning any of these phrases.

The conceptual plan first thanks CCTV’s March 15 evening show that airs consumer product scandals for learning about the pseudo base station, what it is and how it works. The plan’s stated purpose is to use pseudo base station to spread “knowledge about June 4th and send messages to 2G cellphone users in certain areas to promote a ‘Return to Tian’anmen’ campaign”

Taking into consideration risk factors, the plan calls for multiple vehicles to drive through Tian’anmen Square during days leading up to June 4th to send information, each making a quick excursion to avoid being detected.

The proposed plan also provides links to literature on how a pseudo base station works and where to purchase one. The author states that he or she is a student and this is only an idea that needs to be perfected with others’ input. The author says he or she is willing to provide RMB200 to support the purchase and use of pseudo base stations.

Full Story: Young Chinese Twitter User Arrested for Proposing Method to Spread Truth about June 4th Massacre

Source: China Change


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