Chinese rights activist sentenced to six years in jail



    Chinese rights activist sentenced to six years in jail

    Nov 27, Beijing: A leading Chinese rights activists who organized rallies for media freedom has been sentenced to six years in prison.

    His lawyer Li Jinxing described it as a hurried and unfair trial at a court in southern China.

    Li said that a district court in the city of Guangzhou on Friday found Yang Maodong, better known by his penname Guo Feixiong, guilty of disturbing public order.

    It also convicted him of provoking troubles, a charge Li said was announced minutes before the trial. The additional charge was illegal and added to the heavy prison sentence.

    Yang helped organize demonstrations and spoke in support of the editorial staff at the newspaper Southern Weekly in Guangzhou in January 2013, after its journalists complained of censorship.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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