Nearly half a million viewers of The Voice of China, a popular singing contest on television in the mainland, got a shock at about 7 p.m. on a Friday evening in August last year.
A series of messages denouncing the ruling Communist Party suddenly appeared on their screens, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Slogans including “End the communist mafia’s tyrannical rule!” “Establish a democratic government!” and “The communist mafia’s government is the axis of evil in the whole universe!” splashed across the TV screens of 465,000 users of the state-owned cable TV provider CN Cable Networks in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.
Now, a computer programmer will be imprisoned for 12 years for spreading the subversive messages, the state-run China Central Television reported Tuesday.
Wang Yibo, 41, a software engineer from the Beijing-based cable network solutions firm NDS, was found guilty of illegally breaching and damaging computer systems and falsely incriminating others, the court said in its summary of the verdict.
He was first sentenced in March to 12 years in prison.
After he appealed, a higher court in Wenzhou upheld the guilty verdict last month.
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