IFJ and HKJA Submit Petition Demanding Hu's Release


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Hong

Kong Journalists’ Association (HKJA) today submitted a petition with 1518

signatures to China’s Minister

of Justice, Wu Aiying, with copies to Premier Wen Jia Bao and the Liaison

Office of the Central Government in Hong Kong,

demanding the release of Hu Jia.


Hu was sentenced on April 3 to three-and-a-half

years’ jail and one year’s denial of political rights on charges of “inciting

subversion to state power”, for articles and interviews critical of China’s



Hu, a long-time human rights activist,

suffers poor health and his family has told the IFJ that his condition is

deteriorating. Hu’s family have been denied the right to prison visits since

early May, and have not been told of Hu’s whereabouts since he was transferred

to a new prison.


The petition, calling for the immediate release of Hu, was

launched on the internet on April 18. The petition has been signed by 1518

people and 17 organisations.


“We hand in the petition with the signatures today, the day

marking and celebrating the birth of the Buddha, to symbolise his early release

and to let him start a new life,” said Mak Yin-ting, General Secretary of the



Signatories to the IFJ and HKJA campaign come from Hong Kong

and mainland China.

Sixteen Chinese provinces, autonomies and municipalities

are represented, amounting to half the administrative regions of China.


The signatories also

represent 26 countries, as well as organisations from around the globe.


Hu’s wife, Zeng Jinyan, and his

legal representative told the IFJ that the number of signatories was impressive

and they thanked them for their concern. His family wished the authorities to

respect the views expressed by the signatories and to release Hu immediately.


“Hu’s charge amounts to a

criminalisation of free speech,” said IFJ Asia-Pacific Director

Jacqueline Park. “China’s

authorities must stop jailing journalists and activists if the world is to take


pre-Olympic commitments to a free media seriously.”


The petition and the signatories can be viewed at



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