In under a month, three men have been convicted and jailed for between nine and 10 years each.
Their crime? Writing articles that criticise China’s political system and the Communist Party that sits at the apex of power. One more writer awaits trial.
So who are the targets? What’s so dangerous about them? And why is this happening?
Li Tie is the latest to be jailed. The 52-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday by a court in Wuhan.
He was found guilty of the extremely serious crime of “subversion of state power”, essentially the act of undermining the Communist Party and its right to rule.