IFJ Condemns Jailing of Journalist in China

 

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the sentencing of a journalist to

three years jail on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” by a court

in Chengdu, Sichuan

province, on November 21.

 

Chen Daojun, a former editor at Sichuan Daily and former journalist for a Communist Party internal

newspaper, was jailed for writing three articles which the prosecution argued

were critical of China’s

Government, including one article relating to the unrest in Tibet in March. The articles were

published in Zheng Ming, a Hong

Kong-based magazine.

 

Chen’s lawyer, Zhu Jiufu, told the IFJ that he argued the

articles were merely expressions of Chen’s point of view and were not intended

to subvert the Government.

 

Chen was arrested on May 9 after participating on May 4 in a

non-violent demonstration against the proposed construction of a petrochemical

plant in Chengdu.

About 200 people protested against the building of a chemical plant which they

believed might endanger their lives. The Government claimed that the factory met

environmental standards.

 

Meanwhile, the founder of website 64tiangwang.com, Huang Qi,

remains in detention after being held for three months by police in Chengdu. He has not been

charged. Huang has also been denied visits by his family and his lawyer.

 

Many journalists and writers remain behind bars for the

crime of “inciting subversion of state power”, including Hu Jia, who was

sentenced on April 3 in a Beijing court to three and a half years’ jail for articles

and interviews critical of the Government’s record on human rights.

 

“China

must remember that journalism is not a crime,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific said. “China’s Government has too often

jailed journalists, writers or bloggers for doing their jobs.

 

“The IFJ urges China’s authorities to stop attacking

journalists because of what they write and what they say.”

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in

120 countries worldwide