Originally Posted by Hussein
he is not a dissident. do you know what the charge he is in prison for? do you think that writing an article about democracy will reduce his crime? if so, then i can just steal something right now, write an article about democracy, and get a nobel peace prize.
you still do not understand our points of view. you are never put in jail for disagreeing with the government or exposing problems.
take a look at this:
this is a post on the forum of People's Daily, the newspaper that has the highest readership in the world and is considered the official mouthpiece of the communist party.
"我们还可以想起习酒闻名的贵州省习水县的强迫学生卖淫，就有6名政府官员、司法干部、教师、县人大代表等 公职人员涉案。据调查发现，2007年10月到 2008年8月期间，习水县辍学学生刘某、袁某采取在学校门口守候等方式，将11名女学生带往袁某某家中， 再由袁某某联系嫖客进行嫖宿。受害者中，未满 14岁的幼女有3名，其余受害者均未满18岁。我们看到少女仍然是被某些高达贵人作为发泄兽欲的对 象!"
You can use google translator if you want to know everything else (some strong language included), I'll just summarize the paragraph:
"We can also note that the home of famed wine, Guizhou province's Xishui county's case of schoolgirls being forced into prostitution, involving 6 government officials, judges, teachers, county representatives and other public employees. According to the investigation, 2007 october-2008 august, Xishui county high school dropouts Mr. Liu and Mr. Yuan waited at the doors of the school, brought 11 girls into the home of Mr. Yuan, and contacted clients for prostitution. Among the victims, 3 were below the age of 14; all were below the age of 18. Our girls are being used as the s* toys of corrupt fatcat officials!"
Liu Xiaobo was jailed because he is a criminal and a racist (which is also in violation of China's laws). Not one person is jailed for disagreeing with the government. The government allows people to criticize it on its own official mouthpiece forum and the censors won't even think about touching your post.
We criticize the government every hour, every day. It makes our society seem weak to Westerners, they always think we're on the verge of collapse. They think our government hates dissent, but it welcomes dissent. In reality, we are so confident in the strength of our nation that we dare put these topics into the open. We have proven them wrong by living our lives. Does the US dare have an honest discussion about its social problems? Does the US dare to try to fix its own social problems? Does it dare ask why so many blacks and latinos fall into drug use and prostitution while whites rise to become investment bankers and leaders?