China detains man who wrote for foreign website

AP News
Posted: May 13, 2014 12:44 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing man who supplied information to a dissident-run U.S.-based news website has been detained on charges he made up stories that disparaged the Chinese government, police announced Tuesday.

Xiang Nanfu, 62, was accused of providing false stories to of organ harvesting and live burials by the Chinese government, according to a police statement. It said Xiang worked with Boxun to incite public dissatisfaction against the government., founded in 2000 based in North Carolina, is known for publicizing allegations of high-level Chinese corruption and human rights abuses. Access to the site is blocked in China.

Xiang was shown on the national Chinese state television noon newscast confessing and expressing contrition.

"I have made up things that are not facts," said Xiang, who was shown wearing the green vest of a jail inmate. "My behaviors have caused very bad impact. I have realized I have smeared the ruling party and the government."

In a statement, Boxun said Xiang has been an advocate for Chinese petitioners. It denied an allegation by police that Xiang was paid for his reports.

Boxun suggested Xiang's detention was a sign China is cracking down on dissenting voices.