Ching, China correspondent for the Singapore-based daily The Straits Times, has been held since April 22, 2005 in Beijing without charge or defense counsel. He was detained while seeking transcripts of interviews with ousted former leader Zhao Ziyang, Lau said. Zhao spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing the military crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
"Ching Cheong's detention for eight months without access to a lawyer is a gross violation of due process," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper. "The Chinese authorities have not produced a shred of evidence against this respected journalist and should release him immediately."