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Chinese woman sent to labour camp for provocative Twitter message

Cheng Jianping accused of "disturbing social order".

A Chinese woman was sentenced to one year imprisonment in a labour camp on Wednesday after she forwarded a tweet that urged the recipients of the message to attack the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.

Cheng Jianping, 46, was accused of "disturbing social order" for resending a Twitter message from her fiancé that mocked young nationalists who held anti-Japanese rallies in several cities last month.

The original message reportedly goaded protesters to not only smash the Japanese products but also to attack the expo site. Cheng added the words "Charge, angry youth" to the original message.

Widely known by the online name Wang Yi, Cheng reportedly has a group of Chinese intellectuals who follow her on the microblogging site blocked in China. The followers circumvent the government's firewall to access Twitter.

Most recently Cheng sent out messages praising the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the jailed rights activist Liu Xiaobo.