China: Singer-songwriter jailed for ‘stirring up trouble’

31 December 2018
Chinese singer-songwriter Xu Lin has been jailed for three years for "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble".
Photo: Xu Lin / Twitter


A court in China sentenced singer-songwriter Xu Lin to three years in jail for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” on 7 December 2018, Radio Free Asia reported.

“I don’t think the charge stands up, and we will be appealing,” the singer’s lawyer Liu Hao told RFA after the sentencing hearing. “But it’s hard for me to talk about this kind of case, because there’s a lot of pressure on lawyers right now.”

Xu Lin was detained in September 2017 after writing songs about Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, who died of liver cancer while in custody.

A judgment handed down on 7 December 2018 at the Guangzhou City Nansha District People’s Court said Xu Lin had “commented on the internet and repeatedly insulted the country’s leaders, causing adverse social impacts” and posted false information, RFA reported.

The judgment said the widely disseminated information caused “serious disturbance to public order”.

“The court found the case to be serious and therefore requiring a custodial sentence,” it said.

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