Status of Chinese People

About China and Chinese people's living condition

  • China Organ Harvesting Report, in 19 languages

  • Torture methods used by China police

  • Censorship

  • Massive protests & riots in China

  • Top 9 Posts (In 48 hours)

  • All Topics

  • Books to Read

    1. A China More Just, Gao Zhisheng
    2.Officially Sanctioned Crime in China, He Qinglian
    3.
    Will the Boat Sink the Water? Chen Guidi, Wu Chuntao
    4.
    Losing the New China, Ethan Gutmann
    5.
    Nine Commentaries on The Communist Party, the Epochtimes
  • Did you know

    Reporters Without Borders said in it’s 2005 special report titled “Xinhua: the world’s biggest propaganda agency”, that “Xinhua remains the voice of the sole party”, “particularly during the SARS epidemic, Xinhua has for last few months been putting out news reports embarrassing to the government, but they are designed to fool the international community, since they are not published in Chinese.”
  • RSS Feeds for Category

    Organ Harvesting

    Human Rights

    Made in China

    Food

    Health

    Environment

    Protest

    Law

    Politics

    Feed address for any specific category is Category address followed by 'Feed/'.

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 223 other followers

China: Journalist charged with blackmail for exposing corruption

Posted by Author on August 17, 2007

Reporters Without Borders, 17 August 2007-

Police in Tengzhou, in the eastern province of Shandong, held journalist Qi Chonghuai incommunicado for more two months after arresting him at his home in the nearby city of Jinan on 25 June 2007. The police finally formalized his arrest on 2 August, but his wife did not receive notification that he is being held until this week.

Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Qi and a friend of his, freelance photographer Ma Shiping, who was arrested on 16 June for the same reason as Qi – for exposing corruption in the Tengzhou Communist Party.

“The behaviour of the police in holding Qi incommunicado for two months is deplorable but unfortunately common in China,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is also unlikely that Ma is being held for posting photos of an official building on the Internet, even if he is not officially accredited as a photographer.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “The charge of blackmail against Qi and the claim that he misrepresented himself as journalist have been fabricated by the police because the local authorities want to punish him for accusing them of corruption.”

At least 32 journalists are in prison in China just for doing their job. They include New York Times researcher Zhao Yan, who is serving a three-year sentence on the grotesque charge of fraud.

The police went after Qi and Ma in June after they published an article and photos about corruption within the Tengzhou Communist Party on the Xinhuanet website. Ma was arrested on 16 June. A member of the staff at Tengzhou Daily, which used to employ Ma, said: “He dared to say what the accredited reporters did not dare write – he dared to say the truth.”

After Ma’s arrest, Qi was initially summoned as a witness, in the hope that he could be persuaded to testify against his friend. Qi refused, and a few days later he posted a photo of a luxurious official building in Tengzhou on the overseas-based website Dajiyuan (Epoch Times). The photo was seen as supporting the allegations of local corruption and caused a stir on the Internet. Thereafter, the Tengzhou Public Security Bureau set about trying to discredit Ma and Qi in the press and online.

When police arrested Qi at his home on 25 June, they seized his computer and a press card identifying him as a journalist working for the newspaper Fazhi Zaobao (Legal System Morning News). The local authorities insist that Qi has never been a journalist, while the provincial authorities say Fazhi Zaobao does not exist. It has been renamed Fazhi Zhoumo (Legal System News). The police say Qi was posing as a journalist but many bylined articles by him about corruption have been published.

– Original report from  Reporters Without Borders : After being held incommunicado for two months, Shandong journalist who exposed corruption is charged with blackmail

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.