Chinese Journalist Who Covered Coronavirus Outbreak Jailed
A Chinese citizen journalist, who covered Wuhan’s coronavirus outbreak story, has been jailed for four years.
Zhang Zhan was found guilty of picking quarrels and provoking trouble, a frequent charge against activists.
A former lawyer, Zhang travelled some 400 miles from Shanghai to Wuhan in early February to report on the pandemic and subsequent attempts to contain it, just as the authorities began reining in state-run and private Chinese media.
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This comes as some have described China as “a jail for journalists” due to the number of reporters arrested in the Asian country.
This also comes as a number of countries, including the United States, have accused after China of not being transparent on the virus endangering many lives.
The virus was first reported in China in December 2019 but some believe the virus had started way back adding that Chinese authorities could have been concealing the information about it.
China at some point suggested that the coronavirus could have started in Italy and that theory was rekindled recently after reports which suggest that a Milan boy who had no travelling history tested positive for the novel virus as early as November 2019.