Wuhan journalist risks 5 years imprisonment

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Chinese journalist, Zhang Zhan, who covered Wuhan’s virus outbreak is facing up to five years imprisonment, according to reports by the BBC.

The 37-year-old former lawyer has been held in detention since she was arrested in May. Ms Zhang is not the first citizen journalist who has run into trouble for reporting on the then virus-hit Wuhan.

According to NGO the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), she went missing from Wuhan on 14 May. The next day, 15 May, it was revealed that she had been detained by police in Shanghai with the accusation of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” – a charge often used against activists in China.

Ms Zhang, was reporting numerous stories from Wuhan, according to CHRD. Her reporting included stories on the detention of other independent journalists and the harassment of families of victims who were seeking accountability.

It was only on 9 September that her lawyer was granted a meeting with her.