Liu Xiaobo played a significant role in the Tiananmen Square student protests of June 1989, which ended in bloodshed when they were quashed by government troops.
The 11-year jail term was handed down in 2009 after he compiled, with other intellectuals, the “Charter 08 manifesto”. It called for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of multi-party democracy.
Mr. Liu was found guilty of trying to overthrow the state.
He was a pro-democracy figurehead for activists outside mainland China, although many of his compatriots were unaware of his struggles because the authorities rigorously censored news about him.
News ignored by Government controlled Press
As if to offset, yet prove, the validity of Mr. Liu’s Life and Message, a weak self-congratulatory editorial claimed “China scores new achievements in judicial protection of human rights – Xinhua | English.news.cn”