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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Hao Wu, the China Editor, at Global Voices Online, has been detained in China since February 22, 2006, without a reason, without trial.

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Read more about Hao Wu's case here. Hao Wu's friends and colleagues at Global Voices Online - where Hao served as China editor - in cooperation with his sister Wu Na have organized a website, a letter writing campaign and this petition to ask the Chinese government for his immediate release.

From the Website:

"Many friends and supporters of Hao Wu have asked what they can do to hasten our friendís release. Hundreds of you have put badges on your blogs and webpages to call attention to Hao Wuís detention, and this support has helped generate media interest in the situation.

We'd hoped that media pressure would lead to Hu Jintao to release Hao prior to his upcoming meeting with President Bush. Unfortunately, this looks increasingly unlikely. So today weíre launching a letter-writing campaign and a petition to ask for Hao's immediate release.

Rebecca launched the letter writing campaign earlier today, and weíre encouraging readers to write to their national governments, to the Chinese Ambassadors in their nation, to their local newspapers, and to Chinese President Hu Jintao. Her post offers key pieces of information to include in letters or op-eds as well some useful addresses.

Weíve also launched an online petition, demanding that President Hu Jintao release Hao immediately.

We'd ask anyone reading this post to please sign the petition and pass the URL onto friends who might be inclined to sign it as well. Your email address is required to sign the petition, but it won't be published. If you're able to translate the petition into another language, please let us know - we'd like to make the document available in as many languages as possible.

Thanks for your support and thanks for caring about our friend."

This is an appeal to all my fellow bloggers and readers, to go sign the petition and to do what we can against this 'crime', for it is against our fundamental right to freedom.

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