China convicts 81-year-old writer who criticized propaganda chief

February 25, 2015 9:59 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party's propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said.

The conviction of Huang Zerong, who is better known by his pen name Tie Liu, is the latest example of a government campaign to tighten control over the media, political dissidents and the Internet.

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