Zhang Jianhong

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Alerts   |   China

Appeals for release of ailing Chinese writer ignored

New York, September 25, 2007 —The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that imprisoned writer Zhang Jianhong has been transferred to Qiaosi prison in the eastern province of Zhejiang, despite numerous appeals for his release on medical parole. Zhang has been diagnosed with a rare nerve disorder that could lead to permanent paralysis if left untreated.
 
In a letter to his wife, Dong Min, Zhang said that he was transferred to the prison from the Ningbo detention center on September 20, according to the Chinese rights group Minsheng Guancha and Chinese-language news reports. He also wrote that his condition had worsened in recent months because he was not receiving proper medical treatment.

September 25, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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Letters   |   China

CPJ calls for release of imprisoned Chinese writer in failing health

August 16, 2007

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President, People's Republic of China
C/o Embassy of the People's Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave.,
NW Washington, D.C. 20008

Via facsimile: (202) 588-0032

Dear President Hu:

The Committee to Protect for Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of writer Zhang Jianhong and calls for his immediate and unconditional release on humanitarian grounds. Zhang has been diagnosed with a rare nerve disorder that could lead to permanent paralysis if left untreated. His numerous appeals to judicial authorities in Zhejiang province seeking release on medical parole have been ignored, according to both his wife and lawyer.

August 16, 2007 12:00 AM ET

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In China, writer sentenced to six years in prison for critical articles

New York, March 20, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is appalled that freelance writer and former Web site editor Zhang Jianhong was sentenced Monday to six years in prison by a court in Ningbo, in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

Zhang was arrested in September 2006 and charged the following month with “incitement to subvert the state’s authority” for calling for political reform in articles posted online. He founded the literary Web site Aiqinghai in August 2005 and was its editor until authorities shut it down in March 2006 for illegally publishing news.
March 20, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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2006 prison census: 134 journalists jailed

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

Attacks on the Press   |   China

Attacks on the Press 2006: China

CHINA

In President Hu Jintao's fourth year in power, his administration effectively silenced some of the best journalists in China by sidelining independent-minded editors, jailing online critics, and moving to restrict coverage of breaking news. The government drew international criticism for its actions against foreign news agencies and their employees--including convictions of Zhao Yan, a New York Times researcher, and Ching Cheong, a correspondent for the Singapore-based Straits Times--along with new rules appointing the official Xinhua News Agency as sole distributor of foreign news services in the country.
February 5, 2007 11:39 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2006: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

Alerts   |   China

At International Olympic Committee headquarters, CPJ raises concerns about press freedom in China

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 15, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the International Olympic Committee today to address the erosion of press freedom in China during the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing in August 2008. A CPJ delegation voiced its concerns that Chinese journalists, in particular, will bear the brunt of official retribution after the games are over, and it said that people look to the IOC to take a position on the issue because of the principles of free, open exchange and transparency that the Olympics represent.
November 15, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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China: Wave of legal action leaves writers and activists behind bars

New York, October 17, 2006—A court in northern China’s Hebei province today sentenced Guo Qizhen to four years in prison on charges of “inciting subversion” for writing essays on U.S.-based Web sites that criticized the Communist Party leadership. Guo is one of a number of critics and human rights activists to be jailed recently.

“More than 100 million Chinese are online expressing their opinions about almost every topic. It is absurd that in this environment criticism of the government remains a criminal offense,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. “The Chinese government’s practices, which adversely affect media across national borders, are a violation of international press freedom guarantees.”
October 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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China: Olympics organizers must ensure media freedom

New York, September 22, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on China and the International Olympic Committee to address concerns about press freedom when they brief the international media next week on preparations for the 2008 Beijing games.
CPJ is troubled by new policies restricting the flow of information in China and the government’s continued jailing of journalists.

The most recent case was the September 6 jailing of Internet writer and former Aegean Sea Web site editor Zhang Jianhong two days after he slammed China’s human rights record in the context of its hosting the Olympic Games. Zhang is accused of “inciting subversion,” and faces a possible prison sentence of several years. In the last article he posted online, Zhang warned of an “Olympicsgate” resulting from China’s treatment of its citizens, including its muzzling of the press, ahead of the Games.
September 22, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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