Prisoner of the Month August 2005 Jiang Weiping

Chinese investigative journalist Jiang Weiping was arrested on 4 December 2000 after publishing several articles in the Hong Kong-based newspaper Qianshao (Frontline) reporting on corruption scandals involving high-level officials in north-western China.

In January 2002 he was convicted of ‘revealing state secrets’ and ‘inciting the subversion of state power’ and sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, with subsequent deprivation of political rights for five years. The sentence was later reduced to six years on appeal.

According to recent reports by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Jiang Weiping is in poor health; he suffers from atropic gastritis and has been refused medical treatment in prison. The prison authorities have also denied him permission to read books and make phone calls.

Please send appeals calling for Jiang Weiping’s release to:

His Excellency Hu Jintao

President of the People’s Republic of China

State Council

Beijing 100020

P.R. China

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