Chinese blogger arrested for twitter joke about China's 18th Party Congress

Hundreds of Chinese netizens have signed a petition demanding the release of a Beijing blogger who have been detained by police after posting a joke on twitter about the China's 18th Party Congress.


  1. Zhai Xiaobing's Nov. 5 tweet said  "#SpoilerTweet #Enter-at-your-own-peril 'Final Destination 6' has arrived. In which the Great Hall of the People collapses all of a sudden. All 2,000+ people meeting there died except for 7 of them. But afterwards, the seven die one after another in bizarre ways. Is it a game of God, or the wrath of Death? How will 18, the mysterious number, unlock the gate of Hell? Premieres globally on November the 8th to bring you an earthshaking experience!"(translated by Yaxue Cao)
  2. His friend Liu Yanping confirmed on her twitter that Zhai was taken away by the police at 11 a.m., Nov. 6 when he was home alone and detained at 2 a.m., Nov.7.
  3. AP: sources including: Liu Yanping, Zhai's friend; a Miyun county police officer; Maya Wang, a Hong Kong-based Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch
  4. Wall Street Journal: unnamed sources including: friends and police officer; 
  5. BBC: more analysis and context is provided 
  6. South China Morning Post
  7. A petition drafted by Wen Yunchao, Hong Kong, media professional on November 17. demanding the release of Zhai Xiaobing
  8. A Chinese blogger's blog post
  9. Some of Zhai's tweets translated in English by Yaxue Cao, a Chinese blogger