[ISN] China to prosecute computer engineer...

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Mon Aug 03 1998 - 21:36:06 PDT

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    JULY 29, 15:31 EDT China To Try Computer Engineer BEIJING (AP) - China
    plans to prosecute a computer engineer for providing 30,000 Chinese e-mail
    addresses to a U.S.-based Internet democracy magazine, a human rights
    group said Wednesday.  Lin Hai, the 30-year-old founder and manager of a
    computer software company in Shanghai, was arrested on charges of
    ``inciting the overthrow of state power'' and soon will be tried,
    according to the Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic
    Movement in China.  Prosecutors in Shanghai have completed the indictment
    against him and plan to hand the case over shortly for trial, the group
    said. Conviction generally carries a penalty of up to five years in
    Court and police officials in Shanghai said they did not know about the
    case.  Lin's arrest in April highlights the government's determination to
    prevent use of the Internet as a tool to challenge Communist Party
    authority and strict control over information. China has more than 1
    million Internet subscribers - most of them drawn from the educated elite
    - and the numbers of new users are growing rapidly.  Shanghai's Internet
    police division recently has been reinforced with 150 additional computer
    experts, the Hong Kong-based center said. Some Chinese Internet users have
    found their access blocked or even had their computers confiscated by
    police, the center said.  The publishers of Tunnel, a weekly online
    magazine featuring dissident writings, were arrested in central Jiangxi
    province Monday, according to the U.S.-based Chinese Democratic Party. 
    The party's Web site and other pro-democracy online publications have
    recently been wiped out by destructive computer programs engineered by
    China's police, the party said.  The Telecommunications Ministry, which
    operates the servers that permit access to the Internet, seeks to exert
    the same heavy-handed control in cyberspace that it enforces over all
    print media, radio and television in China.  Chinese authorities have
    moved decisively to close information loopholes since President Clinton
    finished his visit to China earlier this month, the Information Center
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