China urged to release Liu Xiaobo

December 9, 2008 12:01 PM ET

We released this statement after learning that formerly jailed journalist Liu Xiaobo was detained after signing a letter to the government today calling for greater freedoms ahead of the 60th anniversary Wednesday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The letter was signed by 300 lawyers, writers, scholars, and artists...

"Actions such as this discredit those who say China has emerged from the Olympics as a country with a more open attitude toward journalism and freedom of expression," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. "We call on the authorities to release Liu Xiaobo immediately and unconditionally."

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