China releases reporter jailed in Yahoo email case
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese reporter who was sentenced to prison in 2005 after Yahoo Inc. disclosed details of his email has been released, a writer's group announced on Sunday.
Mr Shi Tao was released on Aug 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Center said in a statement. There was no indication why Mr Shi was released early.
Mr Shi was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to prison the following year on charges of disclosing state secrets. He had sent details of a government memo about restrictions on news coverage to a human rights forum in the United States.
Human rights activists and US legislators criticised Yahoo for disclosing details of Mr Shi's email to the Chinese government, which led to his conviction.