Chinese Author Li Hong Tried For Subversion

January 17, 2007 Updated: January 17, 2007

Chinese freelance copywriter Li Hong from Zhejiang Province was put on trial for “instigating subversion of state power.”

According to BBC Chinese website, an anonymous personnel at the court confirmed that Li Hong was secretly tried on January 14, 2007 at Ningbo Middle People's Court in Zhejiang Province. Currently, no verdict has been made.

Li Hong's lawyer Li Jianqiang said that the Chinese Communist Party authorities accused Li Hong of slandering and denigrating the national regime. Li Jianqiang considers the evidence for the accusation insufficient.

Evidence the authorities used for prosecution is based on 63 articles Li Hong wrote, mainly including articles that support Gao Zhisheng and Falun Gong practitioners who suffered from live organ harvesting.

Li Hong was arrested on September 6, 2006. His family did not receive official notification of Li Hong's arrest until October 13.

Li Hong was once appointed as editor-in-chief of, a Chinese humanitarian website. Because of his participation in the 1989 student democracy movement, he was accused of “counter revolutionary propaganda during the June 4, 1989 period” and sentenced to two years in a labor camp.

In recent years, Li Hong frequently published articles criticizing the Chinese communist regime.