China used courts to retaliate against journalists critical of government

On July 1, 2008, Chinese reporter Sun Lin, who writes under the pen name Jie Mu, received a four year prison sentence on charges of illegal weapons possession and public disorder. Sun has reported on sensitive topics, including crime, police brutality and corruption in China for the news website Boxun.com. Human rights groups condemned Sun's sentence in addition to other similar detentions, alleging that the Chinese government was intolerant of journalists who reported news freely. China has also been accused of illegally imprisoning rights activists and human rights lawyers in a crackdown against dissidents.


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