Shi Tao

In April, 2004, a Chinese journalist, Shi Tao used his Yahoo account to send an e-mail to U.S pro-democracy website. The content of the email was a summary of government order, directing media organisations to downplay the upcoming 15th anniversary of the 1989 regulation on pro-democracy activists. He was arrested in November 2004 for “illegally providing state secrets to foreign entitles”. He was sentenced to 10 years imprison and two years ban of his political thoughts in April, 2005. The impact did not only go to himself but also his family. His wife was harassed by being questioned by public security bureau officials and persistently enduring the pressure by her work until she divorced with him. Also, his mother, brother and uncle were monitored and harassed at the work and home. Shi Tao was first imprisoned in Chishan prison, where he was forced to work; polishing gemstones. This caused him a respiratory problem and skin inflammation by the dust. He was then transferred to another prison in May, 2010, where he is not forced to work. He was released on 23rd of August, 2013, imprisoned for more than eight years.

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