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Journalist who reported on COVID outbreak in Wuhan sentenced

Journalist who reported on COVID outbreak in Wuhan sentenced
A former lawyer-turned-citizen journalist who covered the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

A police officer tries to stop media outside a Shanghai court Monday.(渡辺哲郎/AP) Zhang went on a hunger strike during her imprisonment that was broken when jail officials force fed her and appeared in court Monday in a wheelchair, assumed to be due to her weakened state.being shackled and her hands have been bound 24 hours a day for more than three months, and there is grave fear for her health and well-being and risk of further torture and other ill-treatment,” Amnesty International said in a statement on Dec.“We raised her case with the authorities throughout 2020 as an example of the excessive clampdown on freedom of expression linked to #COVID19 & continue to call for her release,” the office said in a statement.

The United Nations human rights office said Monday it was “deeply concerned” by Zhang’s sentence.A former lawyer-turned-citizen journalist who covered the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.

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