An independent Chinese journalist who reported from Wuhan at the height of the initial coronavirus outbreak has been jailed for four years by a Shanghai court, her lawyer said Monday, CNN has reported.
Zhang Zhan, 37, was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to one of her defense lawyers Zhang Keke, who attended her hearing. The offense is commonly used by the Chinese government to target dissidents and human rights activists.
A former lawyer, Zhang traveled some 400 miles from Shanghai to Wuhan in early February to report on the pandemic and subsequent attempts to contain it, just as the authorities began reining in state-run and private Chinese media.
China tries so hard to broadcast a fake image of itself showing it’s supporting human rights and having acceptance from people and at the same time they jail independent journalists who do their job.
Journalism is not a crime. As a matter of fact, jailing journalists shows more corruption than what that journalists tried to report. This is a simple Streisand effect. China should stop this and start respecting people, and a necessity of that is to allow the flow of information be/remain free.