The community of writers and journalists is amazingly strong in fighting for the case of Shi Tao. In 2005, he was among one of five winners of the Committee to Protect Journalists‘ International Press Freedom Awards. And yesterday, the World Association of Newspapers selected him for its 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom. He has also been named one of the Honorary Members of PEN Center USA and Sydney PEN. Would all the attention be enough to free Shi Tao from prison? One would hope so. Unfortunately, the Great Firewall of China takes a whole lot more to tear down.

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