China: Journalist Faces Five Years in Prison for Coronavirus Reporting from Wuhan

China: Journalist Faces Five Years in Prison for Coronavirus Reporting from Wuhan


Chinese authorities indicted a Shanghai-based citizen journalist for allegedly sending “false information” after she reported on the coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan, China, early this year, a prosecution document released on Monday and seen by the Guardian revealed.

According to the indictment sheet, Zhang Zhan, 37, is accused of sending “false information through text, video and other media through the Internet media such as WeChat [Chinese messaging and social media app], Twitter and YouTube.”

“She also accepted interviews from overseas media Free Radio Asia and Epoch Times and maliciously speculated on Wuhan’s Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] epidemic,” the document stated.

The mayor of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a viral outbreak, told Chinese state TV on Sunday that 5 million people left before the lockdown. https://t.co/cNcCnCQJt0

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A former lawyer, Zhang was arrested in May following months of continuous online reporting on Wuhan’s coronavirus

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