August 25, 2006
Zhao Yan found innocent on state secrets charge but sentenced to 3 years on fraud charge
New York Times researcher Zhao Yan managed to escape conviction on the charge that he was the source of information for a Times story on Jiang Zemin's stepping down from the Central Military Commission. He was, however, convicted and sentenced to three years on an unrelated fraud charge. Those who have followed this case will know that the fraud charge is likely specious; either it was just too much for the authorities to admit that they had simply got the wrong man or they felt that punishing the innocent would make a paper like the Times think twice before publishing displeasing stories again. (Maybe they are right.) The NYT report is here.
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