Liu Xiaobo

Man in China gets 12-year term for putting anti-Communist slogans on TV

Nearly half a million viewers of “The Voice of China,” a popular TV singing competition, got a shock one Friday evening last August when a series of messages denouncing the ruling Communist Party suddenly appeared on their screens. Slogans including “End the Communist mafia’s tyrannical rule!” “Establish a democratic government!” and “The Communist mafia’s government is the axis of evil in the whole universe!” splashed across the TV screens of 465,000 set-top box users of the state-owned cable TV provider CN Cable Networks in the eastern city of Wenzhou. Now, a computer programmer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for...