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Copyright 1998 Associated Press
July 29, 1998; Wednesday
13:16 Eastern Time
SECTION: International news
LENGTH: 349 words
HEADLINE: China To Try Computer Engineer
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
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
out by destructive computer programs engineered by China's police, the party
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
Chinese authorities have moved decisively to close information loopholes since
President Clinton finished his visit to China earlier this month, the
Information Center said.
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