An Inside Look at China’s Most Famous Political Prisoner

Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the most famous political prisoner in China, has now served about one-fourth of his 11-year sentence for seeking democratic reforms. The government, at his trial, said Mr. Liu was guilty of “inciting the subversion of state power.” When one of his comrades in dissent, the provocative essayist Yu Jie, began writing a biography of Mr. Liu a couple years ago, the authorities got wind of it. They hauled him in for interrogation and threatened him with prison if the book was published. Then, to reinforce their message, they put him under house arrest for a time.

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