China: Free journalist Zhang Zhan
UPDATE 04/11/21: Zhan’s health is deteriorating at a dramatic rate and she is at risk of dying if she is not urgently released to receive medical treatment. Please continue to sign in support of Zhan and share on socials - to show the Chinese authorities that we know what is happening behind closed doors.
When Wuhan went into lockdown in 2020, Zhang Zhan was one of the few citizen journalists to report on the crisis. She took to social media, reporting how officials had detained reporters and harassed families of Covid-19 patients.
Zhang Zhan went missing in May 2020, authorities later confirmed that she had been held by police in Shanghai. The judge sentenced her to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and she was transferred to Shanghai Women’s Prison.
The authorities continue to refuse her family visits. Citizen journalists like her were the only source of uncensored, first-hand information about the epidemicand they continue facing constant harassment for exposing information. If the Chinese authorities are serious about combating Covid-19 and preventing similar outbreaks from happening again, they must stop censorship and respect freedom of expression.
Take action and urge the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to free Zhang Zhan immediately and unconditionally.