Internet essayist Zhang Lin sentenced to five years in prison
Free lance Internet journalist Zhang Lin has been sentenced to five years in prison followed by 4 years of deprivation of political rights on charges of inciting subversion in China. Both Zhang Lin and his lawyer received notice on the 28 of July that the Intermediate People's Court of Bengbu in central China's Anhui Province had found him guilty of crimes related to articles he has posted on the Internet, and to a radio interview. China is the world's leading jailer of journalists; 42 writers and editors were behind bars at the end of 2004. They have submitted a written appeal to the sentence.
A well-known dissident, Zhang had spent eight years in prison and labor camp since 1989. Zhang has written prolifically for overseas news Web sites that are blocked in China, including Boxun News and Epoch Times. The six articles cited in the May 23 indictment against him were harshly critical of Communist Party rule, calling it oppressive and illegitimate