Ai Weiwei – an artist who has suffered for personal and artistic freedom and that of the people of his native China – is again in the news.

The Chinese government has revoked the business licence of his company Fake Cultural Development Ltd (http://www.artlyst.com/articles/ai-weiwei-banned-from-using-fake-cultural-development-brandname). Apparently, this comes as a result of Ai Weiwei’s failure to re-register the company in time, despite the fact that he was being detained when the deadline was due…

Punishing him thus highlights how threatened the Chinese authorities are by the actions and international status of the artist.

It is unlikely that Ai Weiwei will be silenced by this latest infringement.

CQ

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