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Chinese cyber-dissident vows to restart his Web site

AFP , BEIJING

Chinese cyber-dissident Huang Qi (黃琦), recently released after serving five years in prison for creating a politically sensitive Web site, has vowed to start it again, a report said yesterday.

"I will do my best to resume the Tianwang Web site," Huang told Radio Free Asia (RFA) after his release from jail in the southwestern province of Sichuan Saturday. "When it was first created it was for very few people. But I now realize that there are many like-minded people."

Huang, who was detained in 2000 and convicted of subversion in 2001, said he launched the Web site, www.6-4tianwang.com, to locate people who went missing in the crackdown on the 1989 demonstrations at Tiananmen Square.

Victims' families and human rights groups, citing eyewitnesses, claim the government buried or cremated the dead without notifying their families.

Huang said his site expanded far beyond its original scope as it attracted the attention of many people who suffered injustice in a country with few channels to seek redress for official wrongdoing.

"We came into contact with many who had been wrongfully prosecuted or sentenced ... Some of them had spent years appealing their cases; some had become homeless," said Huang, who had published some of the cases as well as articles critical of the government. "We wanted to help the disadvantaged to fight for their basic human rights. It was also fighting corruption."

His legally registered site proved highly successful in helping a wide range of people, with Huang carrying out investigations himself, helping to rescue several girls abducted by traffickers, RFA said.

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