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Jailed Chinese reporter gets prize
World Association of Newspapers gives him award for press freedom.
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2006 11:31 GMT
Shi Tao is serving 10 years in prison
for allegedly leaking state secrets

A Chinese journalist who allegedly leaked state secrets has been awarded a press freedom prize, the World Association of Newspapers has said.
 
Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 under state secrecy laws for allegedly divulging state secrets to foreigners.
Shi had sent out an email containing notes he had taken on a government circular that listed restrictions to be placed on the media before the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in which Chinese authorities killed hundreds of civilians.
It was later revealed that internet giant Yahoo! assisted the Chinese government in convicting Shi by turning over emails from his account to prosecutors.
 
The World Association of Newspapers said: "The jailing of Mr Shi is an outrage. It is also a sad example of a Western company aiding and abetting repression in the belief that to refuse would harm its activities in the country."
 
The Golden Pen honour has been awarded annually since 1961.
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