Chinese Journalist Jailed for COVID-19 Reports

In a previous post, I highlighted COVID-19 whistleblower, Dr. Li-Meng Yan. Well, more Chinese citizens are speaking out and being punished for doing so.

The following information comes from BBC News.

Journalist and former lawyer Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” regarding the coronavirus. Since China doesn’t have any free media, several citizen journalists have gotten into trouble for their reports on the pandemic.

Zhang was originally detained in May after documenting what she saw on the streets and hospitals of Wuhan and sharing it on her social media account. The rights group Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders advised that her reports also covered the detention of independent journalists and the harassment of victim’s families.

Zhang stated the following:

“Maybe I have a rebellious soul… I’m just documenting the truth. Why can’t I show the truth?”

“I won’t stop what I’m doing because this country can’t go backwards.”

She was detained by the Shanghai police in May and formally charged in November.

Citizen journalism is extremely important today, especially with so much being built and protected off of lies. The only problem is that there are consequences for telling the truth.

To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…

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