Update: Jul. 3, 2006

A whistle-blower is no hero, at least to the Chinese government. In March, Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist who was named to the TIME 100 this year for publicizing an illegal campaign of forced sterilizations and abortions, was removed from house arrest and taken away by police. Chen's whereabouts were unknown until June 11, when officials confirmed he was in jail. The odd charges against him include "gathering a crowd to disrupt traffic." His lawyer, Li Jingsong, who saw Chen last week, says his client is unbowed: "Spiritually, he's very strong."


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