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Chinese journalist freed after two years

10 October, 2007
By Allison Orr

A Chinese journalist who was imprisoned for two years for posting politically sensitive material on the Internet has been released after the completion of his sentence, according to an AFP article.

Li Yuanlong was detained in 2005 for "inciting subversion of state sovereignty" after posting articles critical of the Chinese government, including one entitled "On Becoming an American in Spirit".  "I believe this day will not be not far off: that socialism under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party will crumble", he wrote.

He has continually insisted on his innocence, "I have never done anything against my conscience, nor anything illegal… I am innocent", Li said.

Despite a pledge from China that it would ease control over the media ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, human rights groups argue that the media is still tightly controlled.  Reporters Without Borders say that as many as 51 cyber-dissidents are currently detained in China.

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