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Du Bin (Chinese: 杜斌; Pinyin: Dù Bīn; born 1972)[1] is a Chinese journalist, photographer, poet and documentary film-maker.[2] Self-taught in photography, Du has worked as a contract photographer for The New York Times since 2011, and has also been published in the International Herald Tribune, Time, and the Guardian.[3] He is originally from Tancheng, Shandong, China, and is based in Beijing.[4] Du was detained by Beijing authorities in June 2013 after releasing a feature-length documentary about the Masanjia Labor Camp.[5]

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Notable worksEdit

Du wrote the first biography of the artist Ai Weiwei, called God Ai (艾神).[6]

In 2013 he released Above the Ghosts' Head: The Women of Masanjia Labour Camp (小鬼頭上的女人), a documentary on torture and other abuses in China's Masanjia Labor Camp. The film was banned in mainland China, but was shown at least once in Hong Kong and Taiwan,[7] and then posted online.[5] He also had a 600-page book on the 1989 military crackdown published, called Tiananmen Square Massacre (天安門屠殺). The book, which compiles a number of already published accounts of the 4 June crackdown, was published in late May by Mirror Books.[5]


On 1 June 2013, soon after the release of the book and the film, Du Bin was detained by state security agents in Beijing.[8][9][10][11] Friends say that they found two unsigned police warrants in his home for "disturbing public order." Under Chinese administrative statutes, police could use the charge to hold Du for up to 15 days, after which he should either be released, sent to a re-education through labor camp, or formally charged with a crime.[5] As of 18 June, Du was still being held at the Fengtai District detention center, and his sister said the family had not yet received a formal notice of his detention.[12] Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders called for his release.[2][7]

Du Bin was released on bail on 8 July 2013, but his freedom is tenuous.[13][14] He could still face formal charges for "picking quarrels and making trouble," and he expects that his movements will be monitored. The Chinese government has censored his name from Sina Weibo.[15]


  • Petitioners: Living Fossils Who Survived China's Rule of Law (上訪者 : 中國以法治國下倖存的活化石)(2007) ISBN 9789628958337
  • Shanghai Calvary (上海 骷髅地) (2010) ISBN 9789868616004
  • Beijing's Ghosts (北京的鬼) (2010) ISBN 9629381052
  • Toothbrush (牙刷 : 紅色星球上人類最後的進化) (2011) ISBN 9789866216985
  • Chairman Mao's Purgatory (毛主席的煉獄) (2011) ISBN 9781935981190
  • God Ai (艾神) (2012) ISBN 9789881644213
  • Mao Zedong's Regime of Human Flesh (毛澤東的人肉政權) (2013) ISBN 9781935981824
  • Tiananmen Square Massacre (天安門屠殺) (2013) ISBN 9781940004051
  • Vaginal Coma (陰道昏迷) (2014) [16]
  • Roar of Masanjia (2015)

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "上訪者 : 中國以法治國下倖存的活化石". Worldcat. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "China detains photographer who exposed labour camp abuses". Amnesty International. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  3. ^ "天安門屠殺". Retrieved 16 June 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "小鬼頭上的女人 The Women of Masanjia Labour Camp". Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Wong, Edward (12 June 2013). "Journalist Held in Beijing, Friends Say". New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  6. ^ "第一本艾未未传《艾神》面世 北京媒体人杜斌撰写". Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b Fung, Yat-yiu (11 June 2013). "Masanjia Filmmaker Held in Beijing Over 'Illegal Publishing'". Radio Free Asia. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  8. ^ Wong, Gillian (12 June 2013). "China detains journalist who covered labor abuse". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  9. ^ 齐勇明 (9 June 2013). "《天安门屠杀》一书作者杜斌被警方拘押". VOA. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  10. ^ "China detains journalist and photographer Du Bin". BBC. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ Mckenzie, David (14 June 2013). "Group: China's secret police detains documentary-maker". CNN. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ Liao, Shannon (19 June 2013). "Human Rights Activist Discloses Fellow Dissident Du Bin's Whereabouts". The Epoch Times. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  13. ^ Beech, Hannah (23 July 2013). "An Airport Bomber in China Becomes an Unlikely Recipient of Online Sympathy". Time. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  14. ^ Jacobs, Andrew (8 July 2013). "Chinese Journalist Is Released on Bail". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Chinese journalist released but restrictions remain". Committee to Protect Journalists. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  16. ^ Chen, Lu. "New Book Exposes Inhuman Sexual Torture in Masanjia Labor Camp" (28 July 2014). Epoch Times. Retrieved 29 July 2014.