China’s Kinder, Gentler Show Trial

In The News Piece in TIME
Sept. 5, 2014

Today, optimists in China hail the Bo trial as a new dawn of government transparency, civil society, and the rule of law. The trial proceeded in good order, and Bo was granted genuine opportunities to cross-examine witnesses. Court transcripts—comprehensive though censored—were released on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter; and despite government censorship, discussions on Weibo about the trial were relatively free.