“An Absurd Decision Reflects A Crisis of Confidence in the Judicial System”

Translated by Donald Clarke
At 1:30 p.m. on March 19, 2004, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court handed down its appellate ruling in the administrative case of Li Jian versus the Beijing Municipal Communications Regulation Bureau (CRB). It rejected his appeal “according to the law” and upheld the administrative ruling of the Xuanwu court. This “legally effective” ruling is no different from declaring that in the face of certain government actions that abuse power, citizens don’t even have the right to sue!
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David Bandurski

Now director of the CMP, leading the project’s research and partnerships, David joined the team in 2004 after completing his master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is currently an honorary lecturer at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre. He is the author of Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin/Melville House), a book of reportage about urbanization and social activism in China, and co-editor of Investigative Journalism in China (HKU Press).