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Chinese blogger given 6.5 years for 'rumour-mongering'

Published on Jul 23, 2014 5:55 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese blogger known for criticising the ruling Communist Party was sentenced Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in jail, state media said, as authorities pursue a crackdown on online "rumours".

Dong Rubin - a businessman known to his 50,000 online followers by the alias "Bianmin", or frontier person - had long discomfited officials in the southwestern province of Yunnan on issues ranging from environmental safety to police brutality.

He was found guilty by Wuhua district court of conducting "illegal business operations" and "fabricating and spreading online rumours for economic gain", according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Hou Peng, the general manager of Dong's Internet consulting company, was sentenced to three years in jail, and the men were fined 350,000 yuan (S$69,919) and 50,000 yuan respectively.

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