29 March, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

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





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


» 11/19/2011
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
IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
CHINA-VATICAN
Nothing to toast between China and the Vatican: Beijing wants complete control
by Bernardo CervelleraFor the Global Times (the People's Daily) China does not like the "Vietnamese model" of agreed episcopal ordinations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s embarrassment in front of the Holy See’s countless efforts. China wants the Vatican to accept all excommunicated bishops and to keep silent on those who are underground and imprisoned. The case of Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang. Without religious freedom, diplomatic relations are pointless. The work of mission and the unity of Catholics in China. A task for Xi Jinping: implement the anti-corruption campaign in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Patriotic Association, which have grown rich over the decades on the backs of Christians.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
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.