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Thursday, August 31, 2006

China jails reporter on 'spying' rap

People wondered whether the Chinese government would crush Hong Kong's free press when they took over that island in 1999. Here's an answer:

Contact with Taiwan cited - that's bad
Ching_cheong_1 BEIJING (AP) - A Hong Kong reporter was sentenced Thursday by a Chinese court to five years in prison on spying charges in a case that prompted outcries by press freedom groups.
Ching Cheong's conviction came amid a government campaign to tighten media controls that has seen dozens of journalists jailed. A Chinese researcher for The New York Times was acquitted on spying charges last week but jailed for three years on a fraud claim.

Chinese proverb for the day: bai zhe bu nao (100 defeats no surrender)

Hat tip to reader Doc!

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