China Jails Sociologist for 20 Years – Reuters

From Reuters via The Age:

A Chinese court has jailed a prominent sociologist for 20 years for leaking state secrets, a sentence that rights groups say is a blow to academic freedom.

Lu Jianhua, 46, a sociologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government think-tank, was convicted by the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, the Hong Kong’s Information Centre for Human Rights and said.

His case appeared to be linked to that of Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong-based reporter for Singapore’s Straits Times who was jailed for five years this year for spying for Taiwan.[Full Text]



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