Chinese Government Sends Woman to Labor Camp For One Year Over a Tweet

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Cheng Jianping, a Chinese woman, has been sentenced to work in a labor camp for one year all because of a tweet.

Cheng retweeted a post from her fiancé that poked fun at Chinese protesters who smashed Japanese products. Eleven days later -- on their wedding day -- the two were taken into custody by Chinese officials. Cheng's fiancé was let go five days later, but she was sentenced to work in the labor camp for "disturbing social stability."
Cheng's lawyer Lan Zhixue is fighting to have her sentence lessened. "This is ridiculous and a typical case of censorship jail," her lawyer stated. "People should not be put in jail due to their sarcastic words."

Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo sent a tweet of his own in Cheng's defense stating, "Dear Chinese Government, year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic tweet are neither the way forward nor the future of your great people."

This quickly became a trending topic and a ton of other tweets supporting Cheng followed. Tell us what you think about this story, and send your own tweet fighting for Cheng's rights with the hashtag #JSYKFight4Cheng.

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