On 27 April 2005, Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and 2 years deprivation of political rights by the Changsha Municipal Intermediate People’s Court.
Shi Tao was born in Yanchi County, Wuzhong, Nignxia province in 1968. He studied at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He graduated in July of 1991, and was married in 1994.
On 18 October 2005, the Committee to Protect Jounalists announced that Shi was one of four winners of the 2005 CPJ International Press Freedom Awards. The Committee’s website states he will be officially presented with the award when he is released from prison. In March 2006, he was given the Vasyl Stus Award, and on 4 June 2007, the 18th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Crackdown, he was given the Golden Pen of Freedom Award by the World Association of Newspapers.
Shi Tao is an Honorary Member of many PEN centres across the globe, including Sydney, German, Canada, New Zealand, Swiss Italian, American, USA and English PEN.
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