Category : Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei “attacked by police”

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei has claimed that he was attacked by plainclothes policemen. Ai, who was nominated for an Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award in 2009, says he and an assistant were on their way to report a previous assault when they were set upon by up to 10 men, who tore their […]

Shortlist announcement for the Freedom of Expression Awards 2010

Honouring those who, often at great personal risk, have fought to expose censorship and abuse
Awards auction: Lots include villas in France & Italy, a Patrick Hughes painting and a guitar lesson with Mark Knopfler

Ai Weiwei undergoes brain surgery after beating

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is reported to have had brain surgery after being beaten by police. Read more here

China detains supporters of quake critic

Ai Weiwei, a high-profile Chinese government critic has said he and 11 others were detained by police in a hotel today to prevent them from attending the trial of an activist Tan Zuoren who investigated the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in last year’s earthquake, where they were due to give defence evidence. He said […]

China web censorship controversy continues

China has confirmed it will continue with plans to force every computer in the country to run controversial filtering program Green Dam. The move follows news that Google have agreed to filter search results in China to screen out pornographic or explicit material. In a Twitter posting, prominent blogger Ai Weiwei appealed for an Internet […]

Ai Weiwei’s blog shut down

China’s biggest news portal, Sina, has shut down artist-turned-activist Ai Weiwei’s blog without explanation after he refused to self-censor his posts ahead of 4 June, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests. Read more here

Editor’s pick 2008: Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei China's greatest artist, Ai Weiwei, caused controversy in the summer when he announced he would stay away from the Olympic Games, despite being the creative mind behind Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium. In an exclusive interview for Index on Censorship's 'Made in China issue', he told Simon Kirby about challenging state censorship and the status quo. Read here