Friday, January 5, 2007

Royal gets request for China visit

Before Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has even set foot in China, the group Reporters Without Borders has published an open letter to her, asking that she bring up the cases of several journalists and web-users currently imprisoned in China.

"We think it is essentual that, as a member of parliament and president of a regional council, you should request the release of imprisoned journalists and Internet users. We would be very grateful if you would raise the plight of journalists who have been given long prison sentences such as Zhao Yan, a New York Times researcher, Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong-based correspondent for the Straits Times newspaper, and Yang Zili, the founder of the lib126.cin website."

It ends with perhaps a vain wish: "We trust in your commitment to the issues at stake." It is of course possible that Royal will bring up these issues, but because of the Mideast trip, she is going to be extra careful not to do anything uncalculated.

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