Chinese court sentences citizen-journalist to four years imprisonment over reporting of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan

A Chinese court handed a four-year jail term on Monday to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said. Zhang Zhan, 37, the first such person known to have been tried, was among a… Read More Chinese court sentences citizen-journalist to four years imprisonment over reporting of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan

U.S. imposes additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses

The United States on Monday imposed additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses, taking further action against China in the final month of U.S. President Donald Trump’s term. China said it would retaliate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the restrictions affected officials believed to be responsible for or complicit in… Read More U.S. imposes additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses

China sentences political critic Ren Zhiqiang to eighteen years imprisonment on corruption charges

China sentenced a former property executive who once called President Xi Jinping “a clown” to 18 years in prison for graft, a court said on Tuesday, in what some critics called an especially harsh sentence amid an ongoing clampdown on dissent. Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of Huayuan, a state-owned real estate group, was convicted… Read More China sentences political critic Ren Zhiqiang to eighteen years imprisonment on corruption charges

Chinese right activist accused of fabricating fake torture news

Chinese state media said on Thursday that a prominent Chinese rights activist had made up “fake news” of torture to grab international headlines, but his defenders said the accusations were a coordinated attempt to smear his name. State media said disbarred lawyer Jiang Tianyon was behind news reports of police torturing another detained rights activist,… Read More Chinese right activist accused of fabricating fake torture news