China - Detained cyber-dissident Huang Qi finally allowed to see his lawyer

    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is very
worried about detained cyber-dissident Huang Qi, who was able to see his
lawyer, Mo Shaoping, yesterday for the first time since his arrest on 10 June
2008 in Chengdu, in the western province of Sichuan. Until yesterday, the
authorities had refused to allow any visit by his lawyer.
    "His mental and physical health do not seem to have suffered a great
deal," Mo told Reporters Without Borders today. "But he has been interrogated
relentlessly since his arrest. The police question him 24 hours a day about
the photos and articles he posted after the earthquake in Sichuan."
    Huang was arrested for posting articles on his website, 64Tianwang
(, criticising certain aspects of the handling of
emergency aid after the 12 May earthquake in Sichuan. He did not however write
the two articles whose publication most irked the government.
    "We condemn the way Huang is being persecuted," Reporters Without Borders
said. "What are the authorities trying to achieve? Huang already suffers
serious after-effects from the five years that he previously spent in prison.
We reiterate our call for his release." Mo told Reporters Without Borders that
the authorities are doing everything possible to prevent him getting
information about the legal proceedings under way against Huang. "So far I
have only obtained a copy of the charge of illegal possession of state
secrets," he said.
    According to Chinese law, Huang's family cannot see him before his trial,
the date of which has not yet been announced.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,

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