26 Jan '11, 4am

China PM Wen Jiabao has urged citizens to voice their criticisms of the govt, state media reported

BEIJING - STATE media is reporting that China's premier has urged citizens to voice their criticisms of the government and speak out about injustice. The official Xinhua News Agency says Wen Jiabao made an unprecedented visit to China's top petition bureau, where ordinary citizens are allowed to file complaints about the government. Xinhua reported late on Tuesday that he met petitioners and spoke to staff at the bureau in Beijing on Monday afternoon, declaring that the public should voice more of their criticisms and do more to supervise the government's work. China is extremely wary of dissent. The government doesn't allow protests and routinely censors the media and internet. Outspoken critics of the communist regime are often jailed on vague subversion charges. -- AP

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