A Beijing appeals court today upheld a spying conviction against a prominent Hong Kong journalist in a case that has brought criticism against China from human rights and media advocacy groups.
The journalist, Ching Cheong, faces a five-year prison sentence. He was arrested in April 2005 during a visit to Guangdong Province in mainland China and charged with taking payoffs in exchange for gathering information for Taiwan. A Beijing lower court convicted him in August.
His family has continued to dispute the charges. [Full Text]