There is no media freedom in China. Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old citizen journalist reporting from Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus spread worldwide, has been arrested and sentenced to four years in prison.
Beijing, December 29: China has a monopoly and everyone from ordinary people to dignitaries who speak out against the government, journalists have to suffer the consequences. The media does not have freedom, which is why the events in China do not come before the world. Some of the news that reaches the outside world comes through the Chinese government’s news agency. In such a situation many citizens try to present the situation in China to the world through social media but they have to face government wrath. Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old citizen journalist reporting from the city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus has spread around the world, has been arrested and sentenced to four years in prison. Therefore, the muscat pressure of the media in China has started to be discussed internationally again.
In this regard The Wall Street Journal And BBCHas given the news. Anyone who speaks out against the government is charged with various crimes and imprisoned. Zhang has been accused of creating problems for the people by renting. She was arrested under the same section. The Chinese government applies the same clause to those who express some anti-government views on social media.
The issue of independent media
Independent media does not exist in China. Therefore, during the Corona period, the police arrest those who raise their voices against the policies of the government. On Monday, Zhang attended the court hearing with his lawyers. She is accused of going to Wuhan in February and reporting independently on the corona virus epidemic.
The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), an NGO, said Jangani had live-streamed the reporting from Wuhan in February. In it, Jung had demanded an answer from the government for arresting other freelance journalists and for harassing relatives of the victims. She had gone underground from Wuhan on May 14 but was reportedly arrested by police the next day at a distance of 640 km from Shanghai.
In November, she (Wuhan Citizen journalist jailed) was officially charged. She was accused of publishing false information through Wei Chat, Twitter, YouTube and other media. She was also accused of giving interviews to foreign media and giving hateful information about the situation in Wuhan, Corona. She was sentenced to four to five years in prison.
Fasting against arrest
After her arrest, Jangani started fasting and her health has deteriorated drastically. I met her in early December. She was being forced to eat through a feeding tube. She was suffering from headache, dizziness and abdominal pain. She is so weak that she needs help from others to go to the toilet. Her lawyer, Zhang Ke Ke, also said that she was suffering mentally.
He said his lawyers had applied to adjourn the hearing because of Jung’s health. She was jailed in 2019 for supporting the anti-Chinese movement in Hong Kong.