Jiang Weiping

Profession: Former Dalian bureau chief for the Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Hui Bao and reporter for the state news agency Xinhua. Also a published poet.

Date of arrest: 4 December 2000

Sentence: 6 years’ imprisonment.

Expires: 3 December 2006

Details of arrest: Reportedly arrested after publishing a number of articles in the Hong Kong-based monthly magazine Qianshao (Frontline) reporting on corruption scandals in north-eastern China. Jiang is said to have written the Frontline articles between June and September 1999 under various pen-names. His coverage exposed several major corruption scandals involving high-level officials, two of whom were prosecuted. Charged in May 2001 with “revealing state secrets”, “instigating to overthrow state power” and “illegally holding confidential documents”.

Details of trial: He was reportedly tried in secret at the Dalian Intermediate Court, Liaoning Province, on 5 September 2001. He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment in January 2002 on charges of revealing state secrets and inciting to subvert state power. On 26 December 2002 his sentence was reduced to six years on appeal.

Other information: Recipient of CPJ 2001 International Press Freedom Award. Has published two books of poetry. His wife Li Yanling was reportedly arrested on 18 March 2002 after being called in for questioning by security officials in Dalian, where the couple live. The reasons for her detention are unclear. The couple have a young daughter, who is staying with relatives.

Honorary member: English PEN

Released: 3/01/2006

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/writersinexile/jiangweiping/

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