Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Journalist is indicted in China

Journalist is indicted in China, group reports

BEIJING: A Chinese journalist whose reports on rural poverty and unemployment riled local officials has been charged with subversion after posting essays on the Internet, a human rights group said.

Li Yuanlong, who worked for the newspaper Bijie Daily in the southern province of Guizhou, was indicted Feb. 9, five months after he was detained, Human Rights in China said. It said he was expected to go on trial in the near future. The group, based in New York, said the arrest conflicted with the government's claims that no one has been detained for posting comments on the Internet. Human rights groups say China has jailed dozens of people for online postings. (AP)

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