Friday, March 25, 2005

Sars whistle-blower wins freedom: Conditions of release include a ban on interviews

South China Morning Post, Thursday, March 24, 2005

Jiang Yanyong, the military doctor who blew the whistle on the cover-up of the mainland's Sars outbreak, was freed on Tuesday after eight months of house arrest. The Central Military Commission has told Dr Jiang it will "remove the measures taken against" him. He did not receive any punishment by the party or the military.

However, it is understood there are still several conditions the doctor has to meet, including a ban on media interviews. He, his family members and relatives are not allowed to discuss or write anything regarding his situation under shuanggui - a Communist Party procedure which requires the subject to report to investigators at specific times and locations. Apart from exposing the Sars cover-up, Dr Jiang had also added his voice to those calling for a reappraisal of the verdict on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations.-----------------

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