IFJ Urges Action To Find Journalist Missing In China


The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned for the welfare of a junior

magazine journalist who has been missing for three days in China.


Zhang Jialong, 23, who joined Caijing magazine as an intern journalist

less than a year ago, disappeared on April 28, according to reports.


The journalist was reportedly

at dinner when he was approached by a person who claimed to represent Beijing police and asked

Zhang to depart with him. Zhang has not made contact with family, friends or

his employer since.


Zhang’s family has uploaded a

missing person notice on a social networking website, http://www.szzse.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1641,

asking people to inform

them if they can provide any information about his situation. The content of

the message has since disappeared, with only the title of the message remaining

on the site.


“He is just a reporter - people

should talk with his employer if there are any questions,” Zhang’s father said

in the message before it was deleted.


Zhang has reported on some

popular and sensitive subjects including missing artist Ai Weiwei and the aftermath of the

2008 Sanlu tainted milk scandal.


“The IFJ holds significant

concerns that Zhang Jialong has become another member of the press to suffer

under China’s

clampdown on free speech and freedom of association,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific said.


Since calls for “jasmine”

revolution-style protests spread across China in early February, scores of

people have disappeared without explanation. It is estimated that more than 100

people are being detained, including journalist Wen

Tao and dissident artist Ai Weiwei, as well as human rights lawyers, human

rights activists, bloggers and other artists, according to reports.


“We urge the Central Government

of China to direct police to release Zhang and others illegally detained,” the IFJ Asia-Pacific said.


“Illegal detention is a clear

violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the IFJ urges the

United Nations to investigate all these cases as a matter of urgency.”


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919



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