Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan (37) has been jailed for 4 years for Wuhan Virus reports. She was the journalist who published the first report about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
A court in the country jailed her for 4 years on Monday. She was arrested in May for publishing the reports. She has been in jail ever since.
The trial of journalist Zhang Zhan began this morning in Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court. At that time, about 12 of his supporters gathered outside the court. But the police did not allow the journalists and observers to enter the court.
Zhang was sentenced just weeks before a World Health Organization (WHO) delegation visited Wuhan to investigate the source of the Covid-19. Her lawyer, Ke zhang confirmed the sentence.
Government prosecutors recommended that Zhang be sentenced to four to five years in prison. However, she has claimed herself innocence.
The outbreak of coronavirus started in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, China. This is not the first time a journalist has been arrested for reporting on the Coronavirus outbreak from there.
A former lawyer of Zhang’s has accused of her inciting quarrels and inciting problems. In China, dissidents are often accused of this.
Zhang visited Wuhan last February. From there she does many reports. These reports are widely discussed on social media. The Chinese government was aggressive to her.
According to the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), a Chinese non-governmental development organization working on human rights, Zhang was a neutral journalist. She disappeared from Wuhan on May 14, the agency said.
A day later, police arrested him in the city of Shanghai, more than 400 miles away. Then, on June 19, Zhang was officially shown arrested.
About three months later, on September 9, Zhang’s lawyer was given the opportunity to meet her. Zhang went on a hunger strike to protest her arrest.
Later, when there was a threat to life, the authorities forced him to take food by inserting a pipe in her nose. On September 18, her lawyer received a call on his cell phone. He was informed that Zhang had been charged.
On November 13, the police filed a formal complaint against Zhang.
According to police filed states that she used video and other means to spread false information on WeChat, Twitter and YouTube. She was also accused of spreading false information about the virus situation through interviews in foreign media.