Freed China Reporter To Win Press Freedom Award – Reuters

From Reuters:

A U.S.-based watchdog is to honor a Chinese reporter who spent years behind bars after exposing a fraudulent irrigation project, the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

Gao Qinrong, who worked for China’s official Xinhua news agency, was sentenced to 12 years in jail at a closed trial in 1999 after exposing a huge Potemkin irrigation project in his arid home province of Shanxi.

The project was non-operational and consisted of a few tanks that were not linked to any irrigation pipes. It was intended to attract funds to government coffers and boost the careers of local cadres. [Full Text]

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