China has again silenced a blogger, this time with a six year prison term. From Shanghai DailyÂ (courtesy PJM)
THE former editor-in-chief of a Chinese Website has been given a six-year prison term for subversion, the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in east China’s Zhejiang Province said.
The court ruled yesterday that Zhang Jianhong, former editor-in-chief of a Website named “Aiqinhai,” or “Aegean Sea,” had written articles which defamed the Chinese government and amounted to agitation aimed at toppling the government.
After his Website was shut down and he was punished for illegal practices, Zhang had published more than 110 articles under the pseudonym “Lihong” on overseas Websites from May to September 2006, the court said.
All fragile dictatorships must silence all dissent toÂ survive, governmentsÂ thatÂ silence dissent have shallow roots willÂ eventuallyÂ become chaff before the wind of liberty — you cannot stop information nor can you stop ideas.Â
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