MONTREAL, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders said it was
"appalled" by the four-year prison sentence which a court in the southeastern
province of Zhejiang imposed today on cyber-dissident Chen Shuqing for posting
articles critical of the government on the Internet.
"Courts taking their orders from the Communist Party continue to crack
down on cyber-dissidents," the press freedom organisation said. "We reiterate
our appeal for the release of the Chen and the 50 other cyber-dissidents and
Internet users held in China.
The intermediate people's court in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang,
convicted Chen of "inciting the government's overthrow."
Chen's lawyer, Li Jianqiang, said Chen's conviction was a "wrong" because
"he was only expressing his political views and should enjoy free speech." The
authorities recently refused to renew Li's licence to practice law in the
nearby province of Shandong.
For further information:
For further information: Emily Jacquard, Directrice générale, Reporters
Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514) 521-7771,