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China's first 'cyber dissident' jailed for 12 years
China's first 'cyber dissident' jailed for 12 years

Beijing, July 29 (TIWN) A court here on Monday sentenced China's first "cyber-dissident", whose website reported on human rights, to 12 years in prison on charges of leaking national state secrets and giving them to foreign entities.

Huang Qi ran a website called 64 Tianwang – named after the bloody 4 June 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters.  His sentence is one of the harshest meted out to a dissident since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, according to court records.  Huang was guilty of “leaking national state secrets and providing state secrets to foreign entities”, the statement by the Mianyang intermediate people’s court said, adding that he would be deprived of political rights for four years.

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