Tuesday, June 28, 2005
The China Digital Times reports that over 2300 journalists from various Chinese publications and websites have signed an open letter to the Guangdong Higher Level People's Court to protest the detention of Southern Metropolis News employees Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, who are serving prison terms for alleged corruption.
The letter states in part: "We are journalists from Southern Metropolis News, Beijing News, First Financial Daily, Evening News, Shanghai Youth Daily, Sina.com and Sohu.com. We are former colleagues of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, two of the principal defendants in the 'Southern Metropolis News case.' We send this letter based on the following facts and beliefs: We believe it is an unjust case and Yu Huafeng and Li Minying are innocent. A few among us will speak on behalf of the whole group to continue to advocate until we see justice served in this case. We firmly believe it is just a matter of time until justice will prevail. And we believe that sooner is better than later. "
China Digital Times report (including Chinese text of the letter and links to related stories)