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10 years imprisonment for e-mailing abroad
China, action created 1.2.2008
Shi Tao, a journalist newspaper Dangdai Shang Bao, is serving a ten-year prison sentence. In 2004 he was arrested for an e-mail he sent abroad. In this email, he wrote about the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Chinese authorities have blamed him for "divulging state secrets abroad".
Shi Tao sent that report to the US from his Yahoo! account. The company admitted providing information on the account holder to Chinese authorities. This information allowed the authorities to arrest and imprison journalist Shi Tao. Shi Tao admitted that the document sent by e-mail, but questioned his "secret" character. The trial, which was held behind closed doors, lasted only two hours.
Shi Tao worked at the prison by grinding gemstones. This negatively affected his health. He was then assigned for the production of necklaces and chains, and it appears that as a result, his health improved. He is reportedly kept under strict surveillance, and each family visit requires special permission from the director of the prison. Mr. Shi Tao is not allowed to receive printed material, including books and newspapers. In November 2006, he was awarded by the World Association of Publishers of Daily Newspapers the annual prize of the Golden Pen of Freedom.
In October 2010, Shi Tao was moved to a prison in the province of Sichuan Jin. Amnesty believes that his conditions have improved and that his detention is no longer subjected to forced labor. Amnesty International will continue monitoring situation.
In March 2007, Hong Kong's privacy commission accused Yahoo! Hong Kong Ltd. for allegedly providing information about Shi Tao, a holder of an electronic account, to the Chinese authorities. There was "sufficient evidence" that would place the company responsible for this act. Amnesty remains deeply concerned about the role played by Yahoo! in providing the information that placed Mr. Shi Tao's life in danger.