Lü Gengsong

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Alerts   |   China

Prominent writer missing after being detained

New York, December 11, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern for the welfare of prominent activist and writer Liu Xiaobo, who has not been heard from since authorities detained him in Beijing on Monday, according to his wife and lawyer. 

December 11, 2008 5:25 PM ET


Alerts   |   China

Releases in China cautiously welcomed

New York, February 11, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of imprisoned journalist Yu Huafeng on Friday after his sentence was reduced, but remains concerned about conditions for critical reporters in China.  

Yu’s appeal lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang, confirmed the release in an e-mail to CPJ. The deputy editor-in-chief and general manager of Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis News), Yu was detained along with a colleague in 2004 after his newspaper published a story about a suspected SARS case in Guangzhou and given a 12-year sentence for corruption.

February 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   China

One journalist freed, another sentenced in China

Hong Kong, February 5, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about today's nearly simultaneous sentencing of Chinese journalist Lü Gengsong and the unexpected release on parole of veteran Hong Kong reporter Ching Cheong.


"While CPJ welcomes Ching Cheong's release after nearly three years behind bars, the goodwill was dissipated by Lü Gengsong's prison sentence," said Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director. "China must stop sending journalists to jail because it does not like their reporting. As the Olympics approach, it is time for China to show that it can abide by international standards of press freedom and release the 28 reporters it holds in jail."

February 5, 2008 12:15 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   China

Attacks on the Press 2007: China

In a year of internal political wrangling and further emergence on the global stage, Chinese leadership under President Hu Jintao showed a keen awareness of public opinion at home and abroad. But the result was not greater freedom for the press. The administration undertook a clumsy effort to woo the foreign press corps while simultaneously tightening control over the flow of information and commentary within China.
February 5, 2008 11:37 AM ET


Alerts   |   China

Journalist tried on 'subversion' charges

New York, January 22, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the one-day closed-door trial of imprisoned journalist Lü Gengsong that took place today in Hangzhou, southeast China, and calls on the Chinese government to release him and all journalists held under vague "national security" laws before the 2008 Olympics.

January 22, 2008 12:00 PM ET


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