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In China, sources face harassment, jail for speaking to foreign media

A passerby reads newspapers posted on a bulletin board in Beijing. Some foreign correspondents in China say they are finding it hard to find citizens willing to be interviewed. (AFP/Teh Eng Koon)

Zhang Lifan is a Beijing-based historian specializing in modern Chinese history. He is also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government who is interviewed regularly by the foreign press--even when it leads to harassment from officials. Last month alone, he was quoted in a New York Times article about the government revising the length of a war with Japan in history books, The Washington Post and Bloomberg in reports on President Xi Jinping's visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Associated Press on a story about U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural speech, and by Voice of America in a piece on the government's crackdown on news websites.

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January 26, 2017

Q&A with Edom Kassaye of Zone 9

Please join the Committee to Protect Journalists for a Q&A session with Edom Kassaye of the Zone 9 bloggers at Columbia Journalism School on January 26, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm. Along with four other bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, Kassaye was arrested and charged with incitement and terrorism in late April 2014. The charges were ultimately dropped, and Kassaye was released on July 8, 2015.

This event marks the launch of CPJ's #FreeThePress campaign, intended to raise awareness and take action on the cases of 10 journalists around the world imprisoned on anti-state charges such as terrorism.

WHAT: Q&A with Edom Kassaye of Zone 9

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm.

WHERE: Pulitzer Hall The Brown Institute, Columbia Journalism School, New York

Learn more about the #FreeThePress Campaign

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