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Shi Tao
China

Shi Tao Aged 37, Shi worked for the daily Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News). He was convicted on 30 April of sending foreign-based websites the text of an internal message which the authorities had sent to his newspaper warning journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation and risks resulting from the return of certain dissidents on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Chinese state security insisted during the trial that the message was "Jue Mi" (top secret). Shi admitted sending it out by e-mail but disputed that it was a secret document. He is still being held in a prison in Changsha to which he was sent after his arrest in the northeastern city of Taiyuan on 24 November 2004.

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HE The Chinese Ambassador

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the case of Shi Tao, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 30 April 2005 on a charge of “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” on the basis of information provided by Yahoo! to the Chinese police.

Mr. Shi should be freed as he is being held because of his activities as a journalist and cyber-dissident. We therefore urge you to intercede with your government with a view to obtaining his immediate release.

Yours sincerely,



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