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China Detains VOA Mandarin Correspondent

VOA’s Mandarin Service correspondent was detained Monday evening by Chinese police as he was attempting to interview a retired Chinese professor who was taken away by authorities during a live television interview with VOA nearly two weeks ago. Correspondent Yibing Feng was taken into custody in Jinan, Shandong province after talking to professor Sun Wenguang, 84, through a closed door of his apartment. Wenguang told Feng details of his detention and thanked VOA for allowing him to express his freedom of speech on the air. Authorities in the apartment hallway attempted several times to disrupt the interview and ordered Feng and his Chinese assistant  to leave the building. The two VOA staffers were then held by police at the building exit. They are still believed to be in police custody. Sun Wenguang, who was detained earlier this month, was only recently allowed to return home under strict security, close friends...

 

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