“China Misunderstood: Did We Contribute to Ai Weiwei’s Arrest?” is a really interesting take on the Ai WeiWei arrest and, more broadly, about Western press coverage of Chinese crackdown of dissidents. It was written by my old friend and former WSJ reporter Ian Johnson.
If you read through the comments below the article, you will see that it has kicked up some controversy and while i understand some of the critical views of Ian’s perspective, I find them ultimately wrong and even naive in the name of being tough. Agree or not, this article is worth your time. The top sums up the situation concisely and the bottom offers a fresh perspective.