Hannah Beech

Hannah Beech. As a Disgraced Chinese Politician is Indicted, Rights Activists Also Feel the Law’s Wrath. TIME Magazine

On the same day that Bo Xilai, China's infamous disgraced politician, was formally charged with corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, a clutch of Chinese activists was briefly detained at a birthday celebration in southern China. The two spasms of China’s legal system on July 25 might seem unrelated—one a choreographed development in China’s most stunning political scandals in decades and the other the routine harassment of human-rights campaigners by the Chinese security state.