Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan sentenced to four years in jail for Wuhan coronavirus reports
She covered events in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States strongly condemns the Chinese authorities’ verdict on journalist Zhang Zhan on 28 December. She covered the events in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
“We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally,” Pompeo said. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has once again demonstrated that it will do everything it can to silence those who question the party’s official line, even with respect to important public health information.”.
“Lies are a characteristic feature, not a point problem of authoritarian regimes. From the very beginning, the CCP limited information about the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, manipulated this information and harshly drowned out the voices of people who dared to speak the truth, ”said the secretary of state. Due to the CCP’s restrictions, the rest of the world received information about the situation in Wuhan primarily from reports from citizen journalists such as Zhang Zhan, he said. “The hasty trial of her case, which was not allowed to foreign observers, demonstrates the degree to which the CCP fears Chinese citizens who speak the truth,” he added..
“The fear of transparency and the continued suppression of fundamental freedoms by the PRC government are signs of weakness, not strength, and pose a threat to all of us. The United States will always support the right of Chinese citizens to freedom and peaceful expression, ”Pompeo said..
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