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03 August 2014
China releases investigative journalist after almost year in jail
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A Chinese investigative journalist who accused officials of corruption has been released after almost a year in detention, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Liu Hu, a reporter with the Guangzhou-based newspaper New Express, was arrested on a charge of defamation last September.

His lawyer Zhou Ze said prosecutors had called him to say that Liu was being released as they were "unable to proceed with the case within the legal detention limits".

Writing on his Weibo microblog account, Zhou said: "I have always believed that Liu Hu was innocent."

Liu was first detained last August on suspicion of "fabricating and spreading rumors" after accusing a deputy director of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, a business regulatory body, of dereliction of duty while serving as Communist Party secretary of a district in southwestern Chongqing.

Zhou had called the charge a "speech crime" and said the government could be targeting Liu because he had detailed specific allegations against a number of officials, including some in senior positions, in many provinces.

REUTERS

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