tirsdag 9. november 2021

Zhang Zhan: US asks China to free jailed Wuhan citizen journalis

The US state department has urged China to release citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, expressing deep concerns over her deteriorating health. She was given a four-year jail term over her reporting of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan when the pandemic began. Zhang has been on an intermittent hunger strike since she was detained in May last year.

The US moves comes after reports that she is perilously close to death. "We have repeatedly expressed our serious concerns about the arbitrary nature of her detention and her mistreatment during it," US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters. "We reiterate our call to the PRC for her immediate and unconditional release."