Jiang Yanyong

China’s SARS Hero Demands Apology for Detention

Military surgeon Jiang Yanyong has written an open letter to President Hu Jintao asking for an official apology for his mistreatment. Jiang gained international attention when he exposed an official cover-up of the SARS crisis...

The Last Hero of Tiananmen

In 2004, after revealing the truth about SARS in China, military doctor Jiang Yanyong went public with his experience treating victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Journalist Philip Pan describes this effort–and...

Watchdog: SARS Doctor Can’t Leave China – AP

From AP, via Examiner.com: A Chinese military surgeon who broke government secrecy to reveal the true scale of Beijing’s SARS outbreak in 2003 has been banned from leaving China to accept a human rights award, a rights watchdog said Wednesday. Jiang Yanyong, 76, was praised as an “honest doctor” by Chinese media after he wrote […]

China pledges openness as it fights bird flu – SCMP

From The South China Morning Post, via AsiaMedia: Mainland officials say they learned lesson not to hide information after Sars outbreak. The mainland has learned the lessons of the Sars outbreak and pledged complete openness as it fights bird flu in its multi-billion domestic poultry flock, a top Chinese official said, while Pacific rim experts […]

Benjamin Kang Lim: China frees SARS hero

From Reuters.co.uk: A doctor who blew the whistle on China’s SARS cover-up in 2003 has been freed from months of house arrest but is barred from speaking to media or travelling abroad, a source close to the family says. The government placed Jiang Yanyong, 73, in custody last year a few months after he wrote […]

CICUS: Dr Jiang Yanyong freed from “double regulations”

From China Information Center (cicus.org): Reliable source said Dr. Jiang Yanyong was freed from the “double regulations” under which he had spent eight months. On March 22, Dr. Jiang received a notice from the CCP authorities of the army, saying his “double regulations” were lifted henceforth. Dr. Jiang, however, has not been completely free, because […]

Jiang Yanyong not allowed to collect award in Philippines

Doctor Jiang Yanyong is not being allowed to travel to the Philippines to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, Asia’s highest honor. According to a VOA report in Chinese, Dr. Jiang was visited by a military official who told him that, as a military employee, he is not allowed to collect foreign awards. The VOA report […]

Honours for China’s Sars whistle blower

This news is on today’s Straits Times. “The military doctor who blew the whistle on the Chinese government’s cover-up of Sars last year is among this year’s winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Dr Jiang Yanyong, who had called for a political reassessment of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, […]

Dr. Jiang Yanyong is released

Good news! This is from Reuters today: “Jiang Yanyong, the military doctor who exposed China’s SARS cover-up last year, has been released after seven weeks in custody during which he underwent “study sessions”, family members say. Jiang, 72, who had been taken into custody on June 1 months after calling for a political reassessment of […]

Susan Jakes: Who is behind Dr. Jiang’s detention?

Susan Jakes wrote this article about Jiang Yanyong on Time Magazine/Asia. Who is behind Dr. Jiang’s detention? Susan gave her analysis in the article: “One reason for Jiang’s rough treatment may be that he has crossed Jiang Zemin, China’s former President and current Chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission. The doctor’s SARS disclosures prompted […]

Detained Chinese doctor “furious” over Tiananmen

RFA has published an interview with Jiang Rui, Jiang Yanyong’s daughter, on their website, as well as an article about her and her father’s experiences in 1989. She says she fears the government is preparing subversion charges against him.

Petition for Jiang Yanyong

An online petition demanding Jiang Yanyong’s release is now available (in Chinese) here. More than 400 people – many of whom appear to be inside China, including the Tiananmen Mothers – have reportedly signed. Via Peking Duck.

China’s ‘Honest Doctor’

Following Philip Pan’s very good report on Jiang Yanyong’s detention, the Washington Post has now run an editorial condemning the arrest. It is available here. The piece links Jiang’s arrest with the apparent political struggle between Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin: “Dr. Jiang’s detention clearly demonstrates that China’s leaders are in no mood to progress […]

Jailing of Dr. Jiang Yanyong starts to get some media attention

Thanks very much to Tim Bishop for contributing the following post to China Digital News: I was delighted to see today that the Washington Post is running on its front page a well-written article by Phillip P. Pan on the detention of Dr. Jiang Yanyong, the hero of the 2003 SARS epidemic in China.

Dr. Jiang Yanyong’s fate

I have just mentioned Dr. Jiang Yanyong at Many2Many, and now received this email from an old friend, Alan Gleitsman. Alan said in his email: ” Dr. Jiang Yanyong, a 72 year-old Chinese military surgeon and never a dissident in any conventional sense, has been apprehended by the Chinese government and, his family fears, may […]

China silences Tiananmen critics (BBC)

“Police are quickly clamping down on attempts to mark the crackdown A leading Chinese doctor who criticised the Communist Party’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has disappeared on the eve of its 15th anniversary. Jiang Yanyong is one of several potential critics thought to have been taken from Beijing or put under house arrest ahead of […]

China rethinking 1989 crackdown (AP)

“But few signs emerge of major attitude change BEIJING — For new Chinese leaders who promise to listen more to ordinary people, it’s a request they don’t want to hear: to declare that their political forefathers were wrong to crush the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement. The government faces new prodding this month with the […]

Chinese premier responding to reporter’s question about 1989 crackdown (AP)

After Jiang Yanyong’s letter was publicized on the internet last week, an AP reporter in Beijing raised a question about Jiang’s petition to China’s premier today. Wen Jiabao did not respond directly to the question. Instead, he said that the survival of the country and the Communist Party “hung in the balance” during the 1989 […]

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