18 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 11/19/2011 14:09
CHINA
And now Ai Weiwei is under investigation for child pornography
Charged over photographs on display for over a year on the internet. The investigations concerns anyone else involved in the production and publication of the photos, even the employees of Ai. The charges against the well-known artist multiply, since he began criticizing Beijing.

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Renowned Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has said that now the police are investigating him on pornography charges over photographs published on the internet for over a year. The photos are shots of study in which Ai is sitting with 4 women sitting around him, all naked, in a bare white room. Ai explains that the women are his fans who participated in a voluntary manner.

He has not yet been questioned, but his assistant, Zhao Zhao, who took the photos, was questioned for hours by police on November 17.

Zhao said that the police "told me that the investigation concerns the photographs and everyone involved in their production and publication on the internet" - "I told them that were just nudes. They told me that they are pornographic because they regard them as such. " The artist, after revealing that the photos are on the internet for over a year, explains that the photographs are for artistic purposes and that "the police should at least know what is pornographic”.

Ai is one of the most famous artists of the country and in the past has been highly appreciated by the authorities, who also called on him to assist in the design of the Beijing Olympic Stadium, the Bird's Nest, until he began to criticize the injustices of arrangements for the workers, migrants, dissidents and fight for democracy. In 2011 he was "kidnapped" by police who detained him for 81 days without communicating the charge. On his release, he continued to give interviews and meet the foreign press, despite a ban by the authorities. In recent months, he has been accused of tax evasion for 15 million yuan over a company linked to him. The sum was collected in a short time through donations of supporters, but the artist said he wanted to argue the charges of tax evasion in court, to demonstrate the inconsistency and shame the Chinese regime over its lies.

"When I was detained - Ai remembers - I was told that these pictures were pornographic, but it made me smile. I asked them if they knew what pornography is. Simple nudity is not pornography".


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
08/10/2011 CHINA
Ai Weiwei: You can not stop the struggle for rights in China
11/03/2011 CHINA
Ai Weiwei promises to "fight to the death" against Beijing’s false accusations
07/20/2012 CHINA
Beijing court rejects Ai Weiwei appeal
04/07/2011 CHINA
Ai Weiwei imprisoned for "economic crimes"
11/27/2012 CHINA
Beijing "not happy" about Elton John's dedication to Ai Weiwei

Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION
Xi Jinping returns home full of deals and silence
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chinese president signed agreements worth tens of billions of Euros in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He also stayed clear of any press conference. At the College of Europe in Bruges, he presented his dream of a new trillion-dollar Silk Road. Yet, he also made it clear that at home, the monopoly of power stays with the Party, squashing any dream for political reform in China. On the Internet, netizens disagree with him.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.