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China - Four years in prison for cyber-dissident Xu Zhiyong

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders deplores the four-year jail sentence that Beijing Intermediate Court No. 1 imposed on the cyber-dissident Xu Zhiyong on 26 January on a charge of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” He got just one year less than the maximum of five years. “We condemn both the harshness of the sentence and the way the trial was conducted,” said Benjamin Ismail, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “The judicial authorities flouted many procedural (...)

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