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China’s crackdown on press freedom has earned itself a high ranking on the list of countries known to imprison their journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) – the international non-profit specializing in issues related to freedom of information and the press.
The imprisonment of Chinese journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin has brought light to the current state of press freedom in China, amid ongoing unrest in Hong Kong.
Since October 17, when the #MeToo movement leader and journalist was detained, supporters took to Twitter to voice their concerns regarding her whereabouts. A Twitter account “Free Xueqin” was also created.
According to a CNN report, Huang had intended to study a postgraduate degree in law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in September this year, but was summoned beforehand by police in Guangzhou. They then reportedly confiscated her passport to stop her from leaving China.
According to CNN, friends of the 30-year-old former investigative reporter for Xinquaibao and the Southern Metropolis Weekly said that she had visited Hong Kong frequently before these events.
Huang’s case has now topped CPJ’s ‘10 Most Urgent’ Press Freedom Cases.
Mayor of Fangliao township, Archer Chen, said that Lee had sent him photos of the troops along the Hong Kong border. Chen’s attempts to reach Lee on his mobile later on the day were not successful. “At first I figured he was out of power or had lost the phone, but after we couldn’t reach him for several days I realized things weren’t so innocent,” said Chen.
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