Duo jailed for sell­ing mag­a­zines

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TWO Hong Kong jour­nal­ists have been jailed in China for run­ning an “il­le­gal busi­ness” that sent po­lit­i­cal mag­a­zines to the main­land, as Bei­jing cracks down on press free­doms in the semi-au­ton­o­mous ter­ri­tory.

Pub­lisher Wang Jian­min, 62, was jailed for five years and three months and ed­i­tor-in-chief Guo Zhongx­iao was given two years and three months by the court in Shen­zhen, Mr Wang’s lawyer said.

“The two both ad­mit­ted guilt to the court and said they ‘will not ap­peal’,” said Chen Nan­sha.

The sen­tences come after five book­sell­ers from Hong Kong whose pub­lish­ing house was known for gos­sipy ti­tles about Chi­nese po­lit­i­cal lead­ers went miss­ing and resur­faced in the main­land last year.

One of the five is still de­tained and an­other, who skipped bail and re­turned to Hong Kong, has re­vealed how he was blind­folded and in­ter­ro­gated for months dur­ing his de­ten­tion.

Mr Wang and Mr Guo’s mag­a­zines are widely avail­able in Hong Kong, which has greater free­doms than the main­land. –

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