Yang Hengjun

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People ride past a police van outside the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ahead of Australian writer Yang Hengjun's espionage trial in Beijing, May 27, 2021. (Photo: AP/Andy Wong)

CPJ calls on China to reverse death sentence against Yang Hengjun

Taipei, February 5, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Chinese court’s decision to hand Australian blogger and writer Yang Hengjun a suspended death sentence, and urges the Chinese authorities to free him immediately and unconditionally. “The suspended death sentence for Yang is completely unacceptable, revealing the arbitrary nature of the Chinese legal system,” said…

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Chinese authorities detain Taiwan-based publisher and radio host Li Yanhe on national security charge

Taipei, April 26, 2023—Chinese authorities must immediately release radio host Li Yanhe and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. In March, state security officers in Shanghai detained Li, a book publisher and radio host for Taiwanese public broadcaster Radio Taiwan International, who goes by the name Fucha, while he…

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A security official is seen in Beijing on June 4, 2019. Chinese authorities recently announced the formal arrest of blogger Yang Hengjun. (AP/Mark Schiefelbein)

Australian blogger Yang Hengjun arrested in China on espionage charges

Taipei, August 28, 2019 — Chinese authorities should immediately release Yang Hengjun and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ai Weiwei speaks to journalists at his home in Beijing after the government held him incommunicado for nearly three months. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Attacks on the Press: China Holds Fast to Information Control

Internet users posed ever-bigger challenges to Beijing’s media controls, boosting debate on public safety and censorship. But ahead of a 2012 leadership transition, the Chinese Communist Party looks likely to fiercely suppress dissent. By Madeline Earp

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Critical Chinese writer released on conditional terms

New York, August 11, 2011–Authorities should cease the residential surveillance of writer Ran Yunfei and allow him to communicate freely following his release from jail this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ran has been forbidden from speaking publicly, according to The Associated Press.

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Michael Posner said he does not feel comforted from the response or lack of response on the recent detention of Ai Weiwei, seen here. (AP/Andy Wong)

China seizes critics as domestic media avert eyes

The Chinese security apparatus is kidnapping government critics, unchallenged by the domestic press. Writer Yang Hengjun, who went missing in March and has since reappeared, criticized the Chinese press this week for failing to report on his enforced disappearance. While state media are accusing the missing artist and social critic Ai Weiwei of plagiarism and…

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China crackdown widens: Outspoken artist feared detained

New York, April 4, 2011–The disappearance of internationally renowned artist and commentator Ai Weiwei is a disturbing indicator of the extent of the government’s onslaught against its critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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In China, a state of denial on detentions, abuse

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu, today denied having heard of Sydney-based Chinese author and blogger Yang Hengjun, according to The Associated Press. We reported yesterday that Yang was missing, presumed to be the latest high-profile writer to fall victim to the government’s aggressive roundup of critics who might respond to online calls for a…

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Online writer indicted, another missing in China

New York, March 28, 2011–Police indicted one online writer on anti-state charges in Sichuan today and another disappeared in Guangzhou on Sunday, according to international news reports. Both cases appear part of the Chinese Communist Party’s strenuous efforts to suppress their critics and pre-empt a “Jasmine Revolution” in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said…

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