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China rights lawyer gets rare prison visit: wife
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Jan 23, 2013

China censors cut 'Cloud Atlas' by 40 minutes: media
Beijing (AFP) Jan 23, 2013 - Chinese authorities cut 40 minutes from the US-German epic movie "Cloud Atlas", state-run media said Wednesday after its domestic premiere -- almost a quarter of the film.

The reports came soon after deletions from the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall", released this week in China, prompted public frustration and even oblique criticism in official media.

"Cloud Atlas" ran for 172 minutes in the original version, but by the time China's State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) had finished its work, it was little more than two hours long.

"It sucks, really," one of the co-directors Lana Wachowski was quoted as saying by china.org.cn, a website under the information department of the State Council, China's cabinet. "But I believe you can watch the full version online."

Piracy is common in China and the site said the full version had already been downloaded "millions of times" before the shortened take's debut in the country, adding that the reported cuts were "horrifying".

"The 'Cloud Atlas' showing in China is about 130 minutes, with nearly 40 minutes deleted," said the Xiaoxiang Morning Post, based in the central province of Hunan.

Some deleted scenes included nudity, it said, while Zhejiang province's Today Morning Express listed other removals that it said weakened the theme or confused the plot.

The film -- which will hit cinemas in China next week after opening in the US in October -- was already said to have a complicated narrative.

It interweaves six story lines spanning several centuries, from "an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific" to "a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea", according to the movie website IMDb.

SARFT officials could not be reached for comment.

The film was shot in Germany and distributed by US giant Warner Bros.

Rules governing censorship in China are opaque and reasons are not given for why cuts are made. Few films escape the censors unscathed, unless they offer a particularly flattering depiction of Chinese people.

China imposes strict rules over what films can be seen by the public, banning what it considers any negative portrayal of contemporary politics or issues seen as potentially leading to social unrest.

There was no direct criticism of the "Skyfall" cuts in state media, but the official Xinhua news agency said they had prompted calls for reform in the way films are censored.

After years of pressure, China last year agreed to increase the annual number of imported films from 20 to 34, in a year when 893 films were produced domestically.

China has allowed relatives to visit imprisoned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng in the first confirmation in months that the prominent dissident is alive, his wife said Wednesday.

Gao, who has taken on some of China's most sensitive cases, such as those of underground Christians, the Falungong spiritual movement and dispossessed farmers, has been held virtually incommunicado since February 2009.

Human Rights in China, a New York-based advocacy group, said that Gao's brother and father-in-law saw him on January 12 at a remote prison in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, the first family visit since March 24.

Gao's wife Geng He, who fled to the United States with the couple's two children in 2009 after what she said was police harassment, told AFP that the relatives were not allowed to ask any questions about Gao's condition.

"Basically they were only able to know that he was alive. They were not able to find out anything else," Geng said in a telephone interview.

"I am very worried because it has already been 10 months from the last visit to the latest visit and they don't have any information on how he is doing."

"I am urging anyone -- US consulate officials and others in the international community -- to try to go visit Gao and relay his feelings about exactly how he is doing," she added.

Gao's wife said there was no indication on how long he will remain in prison.

"There was no sign on this at all. I am hoping with some more pressure and more awareness, that the international community might be able to help and bring about an early release," she said.

Geng said the relatives could see that he was able to walk but otherwise had little information. When the visitors asked whether Gao was allowed to watch television and read newspapers, the guard interrupted and said that Gao had not shown enough cooperation to enjoy access to media, she said.

Human Rights in China said in a statement that "Gao's mind seemed clear and he spoke normally" when the relatives talked to him through a glass window.

Gao was briefly released in March 2010 but then sent back to prison. China has spoken sparingly about Gao's case; in December 2011, the state-run Xinhua news agency said he was returned to prison for violating probation terms.

During an earlier period under house arrest, Gao said he suffered torture by the police, including electric shocks to his genitals and cigarette burns to his eyes.

The United State has repeatedly raised concerns about Gao and other imprisoned Chinese dissidents such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, a writer who was sentenced to 11 years for subversion after leading a bold petition for protection of human rights.

Another leading activist, Chen Guangcheng, dramatically escaped from house arrest last year to the safety of the US embassy in Beijing and, after tense negotiations, was allowed to leave for New York with his family.

Chen, a blind self-taught lawyer who exposed abuses in China's one-child-only policy, will visit the US Capitol on Tuesday to be presented a human rights award named in the memory of late lawmaker Tom Lantos.


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