Pakistan Press Foundation condemns arrests of journalists in China
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over the arrest and harassment of editor of an independent news website, Huang Qi and three citizen-journalists, who were the contributors to the site, in China.
Quoting the information from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the President of the People’s Republic of China, said Quote “the arrests were made in connection with the coverage of protests & other actions that “petitioners” staged in Tiananmen Square to draw the attention of officials participating in the annual National People’s Congress. Huang Qi, the director of the independent news website 64 Tianwang, was arrested on 13 March 2014, when policemen went to his home in Chengdu and also seized his computer, mobile phone and USB sticks. According to Huang Qi, policemen form the Beijing Public Security Bureau again visited him the next day after his release, and notified him of two summonses besides searching his home. They requested information about the website’s contributors who were in Tiananmen Square. The three citizen-journalists named Wang Jing, Liu Xuehong and Xing Jian were recently arrested for taking photos of incidents in Tiananmen Square and were still detained as of 15 March. The incidents included a woman who attempted to set herself on fire, and the defacing of the famous portrait of Mao Zedong. China is classified as an “Enemy of Internet” by RSF in its report as every time the authorities censor the public and those who courageously try to report actions carried out by members of the public.”
Pakistan Press Foundation condemns arrest and harassment of Huang Qi and three citizen-journalists and demands immediate release of those still detained by maintaining freedom of expression.
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