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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Cyber-Dissident Jailed

Reporters sans frontires - China:

Justice in China"Cyber dissident Ouyang Yi sentenced to two years in prison" so reports Reporters sans frontires

Ouyang Yi has been jailed on the charge of 'incitement to subversion" for initiating an "Open Letter" to the Chinese Communist Party congress November 2003 asking for democracy in China and posting it on the internet..

The original letter was much revised by others on the net and this latter version was the one tended to the courts.

The sentence is considered quite light by Chinese standards especially as Ouyang Yi has a history of arrests on similar charges.

What can you say? What you and I take for granted others take it with a great deal of risk.

The internet is a feared medium in Chinese Government circles. Reportedly the State employs some 30,000 people in censoring and monitoring the internet.

Only recently, in response to a similar letter to the Communist Party's Politburo by a doctor seeking the party to re-evaluate it's stance over the Tiananmen Square massacre, all the Blog servers in China were closed down and chat rooms were closely monitored.

Despite modern technolgy it is a losing battle. Several China based readers of mine use sophisticated tools to circumvent the system and log on to 'forbidden" websites.

I have nothing but admiration for people as brave as this man

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