Today’s courageous truth teller – Shi Tao
Leaking details of cover-up of Tiananmen Square anniversary protest.
In April of 2004Shi Tao, a journalist for the Contemporary Business News in the Hunan province of China, received a document sent by the Chinese government to journalists.
In the document, the Chinese government warned journalists that overseas pro-democracy Chinese dissidents may come back to mainland China during the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 on June 4th. It asked all news media not to report anything regarding the so-called “June 4th event”, Falun Gong or people calling for politico-social change.
Shi used his private Yahoo email account to send a summary of the document to a Chinese democracy web site called Asia Democracy Foundation.
The Chinese government discovered the email and demanded the sender’s personal information from Yahoo’s Hong Kong office; Yahoo turned the information over without asking what it was for. Shi Tao was arrested and sentenced to ten years prison.