China Releases Imprisoned Journalist After 5 Years

In early January, Chian released journalist Jiang Weiping after he served five years of a six year sentence for daring to publish details about official corruption in China.

In 2001, Jiang was sentenced to six years in jail for publishing details about alleged corruption by Liaoning provincial governor Bo Xilai as well as details of corruption by other officials. Bo, meanwhile, was promoted to commerce minister.

For his efforts, Jiang was charged with revealing state secrets and sentenced to eight years in jail, which was later reduced to six years.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, China currently imprisons more journalists than any other country in the world, with 32 journalists in jail in 2005.

Sources:

China frees corruption journalist. The BBC, January 4, 2006.

The Price of Integrity. Press Release, Committee to Protect Journalists, 2001.

Journalists In Prison. Committee to Protect Journalists, 2006.

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