China has jailed a dissident for seven years, accusing him of leading a counter-revolutionary group and printing an anti-Communist publication, friends said Monday.

Zhang Yafei, 24, an unemployed graduate of Qinghua University, one of China's top institutes of higher education, was given the tough sentence earlier this month.He was accused of editing an underground publication called "Iron Current" that appeared on college campuses last year attacking the government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

The dissident was also accused of organizing illegal gatherings in private homes in Beijing in an attempt to found a counter-revolutionary group.