Chirac pressed to help Chinese dissident

11th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

BEIJING, Oct 11 (AFP) - A Paris-based rights group Monday called on visiting French President Jacques Chirac to help seek the release of a jailed Chinese journalist and cyber dissident during his visit to the city of Shanghai.

BEIJING, Oct 11 (AFP) - A Paris-based rights group Monday called on visiting French President Jacques Chirac to help seek the release of a jailed Chinese journalist and cyber dissident during his visit to the city of Shanghai.  

Huang Jinqiu was sentenced to 12 years in prison for subversion on September 27 and was being held in a jail in Changzhou, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) from Shanghai where Chirac spent the day Monday, Reporters Without Borders said.   The group said it was "depending on the French president to use his visit to China to promote freedom of expression."  

Chirac's four-day visit to the country ends Wednesday when he leaves for Hong Kong.  

Huang, a regular contributor to dissident news website Boxun, was arrested on September 13, 2003 in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province in the east of the country, the group said.  

His family had no news of him for several months and only learned in January 2004 that he was being held in Changzhou jail.  

Born in 1974, Huang worked as a journalist for several newspapers and magazines of which the best known was Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Wanbao.

 

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