My colleague at Global Voices – Hao Wu, who blogs at Beijing or Bust, has been detained by the Beijing division of China’s State Security Bureau on the afternoon of Wednesday, Febuary 22, 2006. Hao Wu is the East Asia Regional Editor at Global Voices. A blog has been set up at http://www.freehaowu.org/ to provide updates and appeal to the Chinese Government. Rebecca writes –
Beijing’s Public Security Bureau (the police) has confirmed that Hao has been detained, but have declined to specify the charges against him.
The reason for Hao’s detention is unknown. One of the possibilities is that the authorities who detained Hao want to use him and his video footage to prosecute members of China’s underground Churches. Hao is an extremely principled individual, who his friends and family believe will resist such a plan. Therefore, we are very concerned about his mental and physical well-being.