onsdag 30. desember 2020

US and EU pressure China over release of Wuhan citizen journalist

The European Union and United States have demanded that China release a citizen journalist jailed for her reports on the early outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic from Wuhan. A Chinese court handed down a four-year jail term on Monday to Zhang Zhan, who reported at the peak of the crisis in the city where the coronavirus first emerged. Her lawyer said Zhang was jailed on the grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said in a statement he strongly condemned Zhang’s conviction and called for her immediate and unconditional release, accusing the Chinese Communist party (CCP) of restricting and manipulating information about the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan.