OCTOBER 28, 2016
One of the citizen journalists detained for covering protests prior to the G20 summit, Yuan Ying
, was released on 27 October and sources have attributed international pressure, including action taken by Amnesty International, to her release. The last of the six citizen journalist’s from the Sichuan-based website “64 Tianwang
”, Qin Chao, is still being detained.
After more than nine weeks Qin Chao
, from Wugang city in Henan province, remains in detention with no access to a lawyer of her choice and at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. She had planned to cover the G20 summit, held on 4 and 5 September 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, but was instead administratively detained on 30 August. After ten days, Qin Chao was then criminally detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” at the Baofeng County Detention Centre in Pingdingshan City, Henan. Her family was only informed about her whereabouts on 9 September by the local public security bureau.
Recently released Yuan Ying was first placed in administrative detention on 6 September for 15 days at the Wenjiang District Branch of the Chengdu City Public Security Bureau, for reporting on a protest outside the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection in Beijing ahead of the G20 Summit. Upon completion of the 15 days, Yuan was then criminally detained on the same grounds as Qin Chao until her release.
Four other citizen journalists from the website, Lin Xiurong, Jiang Chengfen, Yang Xiuqiong and He Yazhen, were also briefly detained for covering protests in relation to the G20 Summit.
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Immediately and unconditionally release Qin Chao who has been detained for exercising her right to freedom of expression;
Ensure that while in detention Qin Chao has regular, unrestricted access to family and lawyers of her choice, and is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment;
Stop the harassment and detention of journalists, citizens and others who report on protests and other sensitive issues of public interest.
Contact these two officials by 9 December, 2016:
Baofeng County Detention Centre
Baofeng Xian, Pingdingshan Shi,
Henan Sheng 467460
People's Republic of China
Tel: +86 375 6576166 (Chinese only)
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