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China sentences jailed journalist to 8 more years

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June 24, 2011 05:16 AM EST | AP


BEIJING — The lawyer for a Chinese journalist jailed after he wrote about suspected wrongdoing by local officials says the reporter has been sentenced to another eight years behind bars.

Wang Quanzhang said Friday that the imprisoned journalist Qi Chonghuai was about two weeks away from being released from a prison in eastern China's Shandong province when a court put him on trial again on June 9.

Wang says the court convicted Qi on a new charge of embezzlement but also tried him again for extortion and blackmail – the same charges he faced in 2008 when he was first sentenced.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says Qi was arrested in 2007 after he wrote about a local official who had beaten a woman for coming late to work.