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Chinese Reporter Zhao Yan Released From Prison

中国记者赵岩刑满释放

A Chinese reporter for the New York Times, Zhao Yan, was released from prison on August 15th after serving a three-year prison term. He was greeted by family and friends upon his release in Beijing, including his sister and daughter. Zhao was arrested by the Chinese government in 2004 on charges of revealing state secrets. The charges seem to have stemmed from a Times report in 2004 on then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin's plans to step down as chairman of the Communist Party commission in charge of the military. Zhao was acquitted by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court of these charges due to insufficient evidence but was convicted of a separate charge in August 2006 which alleged that he had defrauded a man of 2,500 US dollars in 2001. Press freedom and human rights groups denounced Zhao's arrest and Times executive director Bill Keller released the following statement following Zhao's release: "We have said all along that Zhao Yan is an honorable, hard-working reporter whose only offense seems to have been practicing journalism. It is our expectation that Zhao Yan, having served his full three-year term, will now be able to resume his life and return to his chosen profession without restrictions."Zhao himself also issued a short statement saying, "I thank all those who supported me. I want to spend time with my family, especially my maternal grandmother, who is now more than 100 years old. For this reason, I want to have my family around me. After that, I hope to see my friends and journalists. I also envisage issuing a longer statement soon expressing my views." (Sources: CNN, AP)

《纽约时报》的中国记者赵岩在服刑3年后于8月15日刑满获释。(剩余2466字)

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