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PUBLISHER RELEASED FROM PRISON

Chen Ziming, a Chinese publisher jailed for his role in the 1989 pro-democracy protests, has been released from prison, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Although he is free to move about, authorities continue to watch him closely.

In February 1991, Ziming, publisher of "Economics Weekly" at the Beijing Social and Economic Sciences Research Institute, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for "counterrevolutionary activities." He and a colleague, Wang Juntao, were accused of supporting the student pro-democracy movement in 1989.

CPJ awarded Ziming and Wang its International Press Freedom Award in 1991 in recognition of their efforts to promote independent media in China. Wang was released in 1994 for medical reasons and now resides in the United States. [Updates "IFEX Communiqu%26#233;" #8-18].">http://communique.ifex.org/articles.cfm?system_id=663">"IFEX Communiqué" #8-18].

Visit these links:

- CPJ's 2001 Report on China: www.cpj.org">http://www.cpj.org/attacks01/asia01/china.html">www.cpj.org

- Human Rights Watch 2002 Report on China: www.hrw.org">http://www.hrw.org/wr2k2/asia4.html">www.hrw.org

- United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2002 Report: www.cecc.gov">http://www.cecc.gov/pages/annualRpt/2002annRptEng.pdf">www.cecc.gov

- Human Rights in China: http://iso.hrichina.org


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