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The Jurist: China state secrets system 'undermining rule of law' - rights group report

June 12, 2007


Excerpted from The Jurist:

Human Rights in China (HRIC) said Monday that the state secrets system in China gives the government virtually complete power to halt the free flow of information, "undermining healthy governance and rule of law." The group released State Secrets: China's Legal Labyrinth, an extensive 280 page report that includes English translations of many laws the group says China uses to chill freedom of expression and freedom of the media. China's 1988 "Law on the Protection of State Secrets" allows the National State Secrets Bureau full power to declare anything a state secret.

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