VOA Reporters Freed After Hours-long Detention by Chinese Authorities

Voice of America's Mandarin Service correspondent and a multimedia journalist working for VOA were detained for at least six hours Monday evening by Chinese authorities while interviewing a retired Chinese professor who was taken away by police during a live television interview with VOA nearly two weeks ago. Correspondent Yibing Feng and VOA contractor Allen Ai were taken into custody in Jinan, Shandong province after talking to professor Sun Wenguang, 84, through the closed door of his apartment. Sun told Feng details of his detention and thanked VOA for allowing him to express his freedom of speech on the air. Police who were in the apartment building attempted to interrupt the interview and then separately detained both reporters. The VOA reporters said they were taken in separate vehicles to undisclosed locations on the university campus by men who identified themselves as contract security guards. They were freed before dawn Tuesday unharmed.   “I was just released from the hands of secret police in Jinan, with all my cell phones destroyed by them,” Feng wrote in an email to his editor. “They separated Allen from me during these hours.”   After spending hours in a car with two men,  Ai was driven to the outskirts of Jinan and released early Tuesday. He said that the men scanned and downloaded all of his electronic devices before letting him go. “It is outrageous that two journalists have been detained for nothing more than doing their jobs,” said VOA Director Amanda Bennett.   Chinese authorities have refused to comment on Sun Wenguang’s or the reporters' detentions. But outside analysts say the episode highlights Xi Jinping’s ongoing clampdown on speech. Professor Sun spoke about the issue in an interview outside his apartment, minutes before the VOA reporters were detained. “Here in China, we have a... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, VOA Reporters Freed After Hours-long Detention by Chinese Authorities, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you VOA Reporters Freed After Hours-long Detention by Chinese Authorities





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 13 August, 2018



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