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Journalist with news website Boxun arrested

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called for the release of Sun Lin (better known as Jie Mu), a correspondent for the news website Boxun ( http://news.boxun.com ), who was arrested on 30 May 2007 by plainclothes police in the eastern city of Nanjing. His wife, He Fang, was arrested at the same time but freed four hours later. They also searched the journalist's apartment.

On 29 May, police detained for several hours about 20 people at a cafeteria run by He Fang. Jie Mu sent film to the US-based Chinese-language site Boxun describing their detention. He also recently interviewed victims of official abuses in several parts of China.

A foreign ministry official in Nanjing went to his home in March and told him to stop working as a journalist and seized his press card. Jie Mu, who founded the now-banned newspaper "Da Du Shi", told Reporters Without Borders he had printed stories about abuses of power but had never done anything illegal.

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