South Korea: Journalist Choi Chin-sop, prisoner of conscience
AI is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of 33-year-old journalist Choi Chin-sop who is serving a three-year prison term on charges under national security legislation. AI is concerned by reports that he was beaten and deprived of sleep during interrogation. The authorities allege that he belonged to an "anti-state" group, allegedly linked to a "spy" ring operated by North Korea. AI believes that his alleged "anti-state" activities amount to no more than the non-violent exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and association and is also concerned that his arrest may be linked to his published articles on political and human rights issues.