Zhang Zhan Wiki – Zhang Zhan Biography
Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old former lawyer, was arrested more than six months ago after reporting the outbreak. He is being held in a detention facility in Shanghai.
A Chinese journalist who has been detained since May for reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan faces up to five years in prison after being officially accused of spreading false information.
Zhang Zhan Age
Zhang Zhan is 37 years old.
Zhang Zhan Arrested
After reporting on social media and online accounts, he was accused of “stirring up fights and causing trouble,” a frequently used accusation against critics and activists in China.
The indictment said in the indictment published Monday that, according to the prosecutor’s office, Zhang had sent “false information through text, video and other media via Internet media such as WeChat, Twitter, and YouTube.”
“She also accepted interviews from the overseas media from Free Radio Asia and the Epoch Times, and he maliciously speculated about Wuhan’s Covid-19 outbreak,” he said. A sentence of four to five years was offered.
China’s Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) NGO said Zhang’s reports included “the arrests of other independent reporters and the harassment of families of victims seeking accountability from the epicenter through WeChat, Twitter and YouTube accounts.”
The release of the private charges against Zhang came days after media coverage, including allegations that his mother had not yet seen the details of the indictment over the alleged “information blackout” of Zhang’s case. According to the Radio Free Asia report and the CHRD, Zhang has been on hunger strike since September and one of the defense lawyers has been dismissed from his case.
Zhang had previously been detained by Chinese authorities for supporting Hong Kong activists in 2018 and again in 2019 on similar charges. The CHRD said he was detained for more than two months and had to undergo psychiatric evaluations.
She is among the many journalists arrested this year after traveling to Wuhan to report on the virus outbreak and response.
Chen Qiushi, a former lawyer who is a journalist, was detained in January. Li Zehua, who went to Wuhan to report after Chen’s disappearance, disappeared in early February, but was released in April. Fang Bin, who resided in Wuhan, disappeared at the same time but has not been seen since.
Human rights and legal groups have large and long-standing concerns about China’s notorious non-transparent justice system, which has a conviction rate of about 99% and often denies defendants full legal aid.