Duo jailed for selling magazines
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. –