China jails journalist for subversion as another appeals sentence, requests release Joshua Pantesco at 1:45 PM ET
[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced writer Li Yuanlong, a reporter for the Bijie Daily newspaper who wrote essays on websites banned by the Chinese government, to two years in prison for "inciting subversion of state authority," his lawyer said Thursday. Li pleaded not guilty during his May trial [CPJ report], after being charged [The Standard report] in February. Reporters Without Borders [advocacy website] condemned the sentence [press release] and praised Li for his reporting on the hardships faced by the poorest Chinese citizens.
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