By Beth Main
Human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been banned from using Weibo and other mainland microblogging platforms, after he used them to criticise former security chief Zhou Yongkang. His accounts on Sina, Tencent and Sohu were all suspended on February 8. Pu accused Zhou of human rights violations, saying that he had “wrecked a country, ruined the people”.
70 year old Zhou Yongkang, who was head of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, had to step down in November at the 18th Party Congress due to his age. Pu’s posts criticising Zhou were deleted by censors. SCMP reports:
Pu said he opened two other microblogging accounts on Sina Weibo, the mainland’s most popular microblogging site, on February 9 but both were deleted four days later.
He tried again, opening another Sina Weibo account on February 14, but it lasted just four hours before being deleted by internet censors. Pu’s name is still searchable on the microblogging sites.
Sharp-tongued Pu, currently executive partner at Beijing’s Huayi Law Firm, is a well known human rights lawyer who often represents writers and journalists. He was also environmental activist and writer Tan Zuoren‘s attorney, back in 2010 at the time Ai Weiwei was working on investigating the Chengdu earthquake.