Shi Tao was released on 23 August 23, 2013. Shi Tao served eight years and four months in prison, and his sentence was reduced by 15 months.
Thank you to everyone who wrote on behalf of Shi Tao. His case was featured prominently in Write for Rights 2007, when Amnesty International supporters worldwide wrote letters on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, urging his release.
A journalist and poet, Shi Tao was sentenced in 2004 to a 10-year prison sentence for sending an email summarizing a Chinese Central Propaganda Department communiqué on how journalists should handle the 15th anniversary of the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement.
Following his release, Shi Tao told Amnesty that his life is getting back to normal. He is recovering and resting right now. A lot of friends have visited him and he has not faced any restrictions on his movements since his release.
He shares these words of thanks to members of Amnesty International: