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Imprisoned cyber-dissident hospitalised after going on hunger strike

(Sept. 09, 2005)Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the condition of cyber-dissident Zhang Lin, who has been rushed to hospital after beginning a hunger strike at the start of September to protest against his five-year prison sentence and to demand to be allowed to see his lawyer, Mo Shaoping.

Detained since 29 January, Zhang was convicted by a court in Benghu, in Anhui province, on 28 July of "jeopardising national security" by posting reports and essays on the Internet that were "contrary to the bases of the constitution." At the end of the trial, Zhang and his lawyer indicated they intended to appeal. (boxun.com)


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