Writing Their Own Poems and Self-Publishing Them, Two "Poets" Are Convicted

September 1, 2006

The People's Daily Web site reported on January 17 that a court in Hefei, Anhui province had sentenced a "Mr. He" and a "Mr. Yu" to prison terms of nine and seven years, respectively, for "illegal operation of a business." Their crime was to publish love poems without having received government authorization.