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China releases reporter

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 5, 2008

China has freed Mr Ching Cheong, The Straits Times’ Hong Kong-based correspondent who was jailed for espionage activities in 2006, Chinese government officials said on Tuesday.Mr Ching, 58, who was reportedly in poor health and whose family had pushed for an early release on medical grounds, was freed on Monday, ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and was expected back in Hong Kong on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials in China notified Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday morning that Mr Ching had been released on parole, said a government spokesman who declined to be named, citing internal policy. (story)

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