Inside Story – Is China cracking down on dissent?

Chinese authorities are cracking down on activists they say are undermining the government.
Several lawyers and professors are in court this week – facing charges like ‘damaging national security’ and ‘harming social stability’.
And the government says some of them have been trained and supported by Western governments, a charge to which a few defendants have confessed.
But critics say those confessions were likely forced. And that trials this week have been unfairly closed to the public.
Activists say it’s a sweeping crackdown on dissent. Are they right?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Einar Tangen – Political Affairs Analyst.
Roseann Rife – East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International.
Samantha Hoffman – Independent China Analyst and Research Consultant.

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