Charlie Custer, Editor-in-Chief of China Geeks and producer of Living With Dead Hearts: The Search for China’s Kidnapped Children, has launched 2Non, “a nonprofit, independent media company that produces original written reportage, documentary films, and multimedia programs, mostly about China.”
2Non’s first longform piece is on the “nightmare of red tape” which follows forced evictions:
During the actual demolition, Wu and his family were physically restrained, but as soon as they got free they went to court. The first case opened in July, and even though the demolition had been illegal (officials had failed to obtain the proper permits) and Wu had proof that many of his possessions had mysteriously gone missing the day of the family’s forced relocation, the court found against him.
Wu, however, is not a man who takes no for an answer. He filed for an appeal to a higher court, but lost. He asked for a retrial and was denied. Over the past decade, Wu has filed more than a hundred requests for retrials and appeals. He was granted just a few appeals, and lost them all, in a process he describes as rife with corruption. One judge asked him for a bribe, he says. In another case, Wu claims he heard the government lawyer conspiring with a “cackling” judge prior to the ruling — another rejection — being handed down.
Read the entire piece at 2Non.org.
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