IFJ Concerned for Journalist Missing in China

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned by the disappearance of a

Mainland Chinese journalist, who is believed to have been detained by police on

March 23.


According to a report by the Hong Kong-based Apple Daily newspaper, Li

Delin, 33, a member of the editorial board of Capital Week, a weekly business magazine, has been missing since March 23, 2012.


Reports indicate Li disappeared

shortly after receiving an anonymous phone call. In response to journalists’

enquiries as to Li’s whereabouts, his office has claimed that he is on leave. However,

sources online suggest that Li has been detained by police and given seven days

imprisonment without formal charge.  


“He is detained, but we do

not know the reason why”, one journalist told the IFJ.


“Although there are

rumours that Li was detained by police because of his reporting of increased

security checks on Beijing’s

Changan Street

on 19 March 2012, I think it is unlikely because Li was an

investigative financial news reporter before he became an editorial board

member. He would not casually write something on his blog

without cross checking all the information.


Under existing Chinese

law, police have the administrative power to detain anyone for a period of time

without formally charging them or informing their family.


“Nobody should be able to

be detained for extended periods of time without formal charges being laid or

informing their family”, IFJ Asia-Pacific

Office said.


“To detain someone in

this manner is a gross violation of human rights.”


“The outcome of allowing

such conduct is the creation of a police force with unchecked power to detain

individuals. Such a situation has a chilling effect on journalists and others

who exercise their rights to free speech.”


The IFJ urges China’s

Ministry of Security to investigate Li’s case immediately, and release him

immediately if no formal charges have been laid.


IFJ also urges a thorough

review of police administrative power, to ensure

no similar cases of journalists being detained without public charge occur in

the future.



For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0950



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