Lin Zuluan retracted a televised "confession" and appealed his jail term for corruption.
ViuTV fired two former student activists after they discussed independence for Hong Kong in a public debate.
The majority pro-government camp in the city's legislature says many people are angry over anti-China slurs in previously rejected oaths.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party considers disgruntled military veterans a potential major threat to stability, analysts say.
While his colleagues are accounted for, Gui Minhai is still being held in an unknown location with no access to family or a lawyer.
The alert comes after some 10,000 people protest in the city for four consecutive days, fearing pollution from the plant.
Miao Deshun was scheduled for release from a Beijing jail after serving 27 years, in poor mental and physical health.
Torture camp survivor Hao Wei has advanced cancer and hopes to take her daughter overseas on a U.N.-backed resettlement program.
The program gets the go-ahead from Beijing, but is vetoed for 'security' reasons by state security police in Hebei province.
Thousands who joined mass demonstrations over unpaid benefits this week have been promised a response by New Year's Day.
A directive from the country's internet regulator cites "problematic reports" published recently by Caixin Online.
Observers say Lin Zuluan, who is appealing his jail term, was forced to confess after his grandson was kidnapped.
Three localist lawmakers-elect are told their oaths are invalid after swearing and changing the wording during their ceremonies.
The veterans span several decades of China's military history and say they haven't received promised retirement benefits.
Liu Shu's green activist group campaigned for the rights of ordinary Chinese people affected by toxic pollutants.
Protesters called for the event to be canceled, but city officials simply charged organizers a higher rate instead.
Downfall of another Zhou Yongkang ally shows why Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive is still seen as chiefly targeting political rivals.
Liu Xiaobo's wife is being held incommunicado by charges hanging over her brother, while Liu himself is unlikely to get parole.
Rights activists warn that Beijing has little to lose from the death of the city's traditional way of life.
Critics say the opera glorifies a man who was responsible for some of the greatest tragedies in modern Chinese history.
Police are still checking vehicles coming in and out of town, as the majority of businesses re-open.
Chan Pak-yeung is sent to prison for nine months for throwing water bottles at police and resisting arrest.
A pro-Beijing newspaper has published a tirade against the city's chief executive and the head of China's parliament in recent days.
Joshua Wong was met at the airport by police after being added to an immigration "blacklist," reportedly at Beijing's request.
Suffering the same fate as many detained rights lawyers, Lin Bin is incommunicado in spite of claims he was released from detention.
Commentators say the government is aiming for total control of all forms of media and public debate.
Education officials warn that the pursuit of independence for the city is unconstitutional, however.
Rights lawyers say the latest regulations governing their profession will further erode their ability to protect clients.
Top pro-democracy lawmakers say there is nothing to celebrate about the establishment of a dictatorial regime.
Among those held is a group of 12 petitioners from Chongqing, jailed for 'picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.'