lørdag 12. desember 2020

Chinese authorities detain citizen who works for Bloomberg news

Chinese authorities have detained a citizen who works for Bloomberg news in Beijing on suspicion of endangering national security, in the latest incident to increase pressure on foreign media outlets in China.

Haze Fan was seen being escorted from her apartment by plainclothes officials on Monday, the news agency said. Her last contact with a Bloomberg colleague that day had been at 11.30am. China’s foreign ministry confirmed her arrest and the charges on Friday. “Chinese citizen Ms Fan has been detained by the Beijing National Security Bureau according to relevant Chinese law on suspicion of engaging in criminal activities that jeopardize national security,” the ministry told Reuters. “The case is currently under investigation. Ms. Fan’s legitimate rights have been fully ensured and her family has been notified.”

Fan, who covered global business, had been with Bloomberg since 2017. Like all Chinese nationals working for foreign media outlets in China, she was categorised as a news assistant, not a journalist.