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Laws, Not Favours, For Political Prisoners

From Dui Hua Human Rights Journal: Hearing that Singapore Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong (程翔) had been released on parole earlier this month and allowed to return to Hong Kong, we noticed many similarities to the...

Ching Cheong Makes First Comments After Release

Ching Cheong, the recent released journalist talked on his innocence and health. From Shanghaiist: Ching Cheong, the chief China correspondent of the Singapore-based Straits Times that was jailed in China for supposed espionage...

China Frees Jailed Hong Kong Journalist (Updated)

Reuters and RTHK are reporting that Straits Times reporter Ching Cheong has been freed from prison: China has freed Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong reporter for Singapore’s Straits Times sentenced to five years for spying for...

Caught In A Chinese Box

From Asia Sentinel: On Jan. 16, Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong passed his thousandth day in a Chinese prison on espionage charges. There is little sign that he will be released despite some hope that Beijing could relent in...

Chinese Court Upholds Journalist’s Spying Conviction – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times (photo from washingtonpost.com): 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 […]

Silent Games – Melinda Liu

On Newsweek.com, Melinda Liu summarizes the recent government crackdown on free expression in China: For a while many foreign correspondents thought authorities were “killing the chicken to scare the monkey.” That’s a Chinese proverb meaning one target is attacked in order to intimidate another. When we saw our Chinese contacts harassed, detained, physically assaulted and […]

When state secrets are the rule – Frank Ching

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: The mainland’s definition of a “state secret” is so wide and vague that it could be applied to almost anything. Any information that has not been published in the state-controlled press is considered secret. Ching’s trial was closed to prevent the release of any “state secrets”. […]

Jailed China journalist to appeal – BBC News

From BBC News: The wife of a Hong Kong journalist jailed in mainland China for spying says her husband is to appeal. Ching Cheong, the chief China correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison. Mary Lau said her husband had sent her a message calling his conviction unfair […]

Analysis: China’s jailing of reporter reflects government effort to tighten media control – Joe McDonald

From the AP, via the International Herald Tribune: China’s sentencing of a Hong Kong reporter to five years in prison on a charge of spying this week reflects a mounting conflict for the communist government: how to tighten control over information in an increasingly open, Internet-savvy society. Dozens of journalists and Internet essayists have been […]

China Jails Reporter for 5 Years as Spy – Jim Yardley

From New York Times: A Hong Kong journalist has been sentenced to five years in prison after a Beijing court convicted him on charges of spying for Taiwan, state media reported Thursday morning. The journalist, Ching Cheong, 56, was tried in a closed courtroom earlier this month after being held for 18 months. International human […]

Trying times for journalists in China – Kent Ewing

From Asia Times: With the Chinese government promising foreign journalists unprecedented freedom in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games, the trials of Zhao Yan and Ching Cheong serve as a reminder of the reality on the ground. Zhao, a researcher for The New York Times, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. […]

Straits Times journalist put on trial in Beijing – Goh Sui Noi

From Straits Times, via Asia Media: After nearly 16 months in detention, Straits Times journalist Ching Cheong was put on trial by the Chinese authorities yesterday on charges of spying for Taiwan. The closed-door trial, held at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, was wrapped up by the end of the day. But no […]

HK reporter ‘on trial in Beijing’ – BBC

From BBC News: The trial of a Hong Kong journalist accused of spying for Taiwan has begun in China, according to media reports. Ching Cheong, 56, the chief China correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times, has been detained in China since April 2005. China has accused him of buying information and passing it to Taiwan’s intelligence […]

China memoir furor stirs memories of purged leader – Reuters

From Reuters via the Washington Post (link): A manuscript of ousted Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang‘s thoughts has stirred controversy even before full publication, with its author saying a Hong Kong paper took from it without his approval. The manuscript records the late Zhao’s memories before 1989, when anti-government demonstrations convulsed China till a […]

Jailed journalist still held after deadline expires – Gary Cheung

From The South China Morning Post, via AsiaMedia: Supporters of Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong yesterday called for his release after a deadline expired for his case to be passed onto a procuratorate at the weekend. The plea came as Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in London his administration had done what it considered […]

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