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Discussing China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang by using a film

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been given a three year suspended jail sentence for "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels" in social media posts.

Supporters say his case was politically motivated, as he is known for representing dissidents in sensitive human rights cases.

China has been controlling discussion of his case on social media.

However, Chinese web users have adopted imaginative methods to bypass government-censored discussions about him - with many referring to a 2013 South Korean courtroom film, The Attorney, to show solidarity towards Mr Pu.

BBC Monitoring looks more closely at how web-users in China have managed to get around the internet filtering of Pu Zhiqiang's case.

Produced by Alexi Peristianis and Kerry Allen

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  • 22 Dec 2015
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