The 38-year-old former lawyer announced that he was involved in a hunger strike He was sentenced to four years in prison at the end of 2020 The accusation, usually leveled at political opponents in China, is “for inciting public order disturbances.”
She is forcibly fed through nasogastric tubes for several months. The journalist’s brother, Zhang Joo, warned on Twitter last week that he was too skinny and “could not survive the winter.”
“In her heart, there seems to be only God and His beliefs, whatever it is,” her brother said.
A Chinese journalist has been sentenced to four years in prison for reporting on Kovit
In February 2020, a Shanghai lawyer went to Wuhan in central China and described the situation just days after he began using harsh prisons in the metropolis of 11 million people.
Pictures of patients on the crowded hospital sidewalk were one of the few reports published at the time about the health conditions in the city.
On Thursday, Amnesty International called for the immediate release of Zhang “to end the hunger strike and provide him with much-needed treatment.”
Reporters Without Borders also called on the international community to press for his release “before it’s too late.”
Democrat activist Lee Hsien Loong has demanded the release of Zhang Zhan (pictured on the left) who was sentenced to four years in prison for covering up the Govt epidemic in Wuhan. – Photo: Peter Parks / AFP
The AFP could not contact the journalist’s brother and his mother declined to comment. The directors of the penal department also did not speak.
One of the journalist’s lawyers said the family had asked permission to visit him in a Shanghai prison, but had not received any response. Their representatives have no information about Jong’s current status.
Asked about the topic on Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not release details about the journalist’s health. Diplomatic spokesman Wang Wenpin promised that “China is the rule of law.”
“Anyone who violates the law should be punished,” he told the press, before calling Zhang Jan’s appeals for independence “anti-Chinese political manipulation”.
In addition to Zhang Zhan, at least three independent journalists (Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin and Li Jehua) have been detained for covering the epidemic in Wuhan.
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