10 years in prison for sending an email

Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist and poet, logged onto his computer and sent an email. Eight months later, he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Click here to demand his release.

In April 2004, Shi Tao sent an email to a U.S.-based pro-democracy website. In his email, he summarized a government order directing media organizations in China to downplay the 15th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Police arrested him and charged him with “illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities.” Authorities used email account holder information supplied by Yahoo! to convict and sentence him to 10 years in prison, where he is laboring in harsh conditions and has inadequate access to medical care.

Amnesty International – backed by thousands of voices like yours – is raising our concerns with Yahoo! about their aiding human rights abuses in China. And we’re demanding Shi Tao’s unconditional release. Take action and help us free Shi Tao today.

Here’s what Amnesty International is doing to free him and why your help is so urgently needed:

  • Mobilizing thousands of our on-the-ground activists in the U.S. to fight for his freedom.
  • Supporting dozens of Amnesty community chapters around the world working for his release.
  • Increasing capacity of Amnesty’s extensive network of programs that work on individual prisoner cases that have freed over 40,000 prisoners since 1961.

Please forward this message to your network of friends and colleagues. We must make our voice heard around the world and free Shi Tao.

Click here to free Shi Tao.

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