Zhao Yan

New York Times Hacking Highlights Other Cases

The New York Times admitted on Wednesday that it had been the victim of a four-month hacking campaign, apparently in response to its probing of premier Wen Jiabao’s family’s wealth. The attacks, it reported, seemed...

Missing Chinese Journalist Resurfaces

“A Chinese journalist who spent three years in prison, feared missing after he failed to show up to deliver a keynote address at a Hong Kong media conference, has resurfaced in Beijing and apologized for his...

Headliners: Zhao Yan, Xiao Zejiang and David Lancashire – Kenneth Tan

From the Shanghaiist: Zhao Yan (˵µÂ≤©), the Chinese journalist jailed in 2004 while working for the New York Times is expected to be freed this weekend. Zhao was charged for revealing state secrets after a Times report was published that correctly predicted the retirement of Jiang Zemin (ʱüÊ≥ΩÊ∞ë) as president and Communist Party chief… Father […]

China to Free Jailed New York Times Employee – Jim Yardley (Updated)

Update: Zhao was released early Saturday morning. Journalist and former New York Times researcher Zhao Yan is slated to be released from prison this weekend, according to the New York Times: Prison officials in Beijing told Mr. Zhao’s older sister that he would be released before 9 a.m. on Saturday. The sister, Zhao Kun, said […]

Group: Journalists Jailed More in China – Alexa Olesen

From AP: China, which jails more journalists than any other nation, is challenging the view that information on the Internet is impossible to control, and the implications for press freedom could be far-reaching, a New York-based rights group said. At least 31 journalists are behind bars in China, making it the world’s leading jailer of […]

China to Ease Restrictions on Foreign Journalists for ’08 Summer Olympics – Jehangir Pocha

From the Boston Globe: Press freedom got a new — but temporary — boost in China yesterday when the government announced that it would allow foreign journalists greater autonomy in advance of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Foreign journalists usually need permission from Chinese authorities before conducting interviews and traveling anywhere outside the city where they […]

Chinese Court Rejects Appeal by Researcher for The Times – Jim Yardley

From The New York Times: A Beijing appeals court on Friday upheld a fraud conviction against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times in a ruling that means he will probably remain in prison until his three-year sentence ends next September. The researcher, Zhao Yan, sought to overturn an August fraud conviction that stemmed […]

Chinese Court Denies Public Hearing for Times Researcher – Jim Yardley

From The New York Times: The High Court of Beijing has rejected a request by a jailed Chinese researcher for The New York Times to hold an open hearing on his appeal of his fraud conviction, a defense lawyer said today. Instead, Guan Anping, the defense lawyer, said that prosecutors and the defense team would […]

Appeal by Chinese Researcher for Times May Soon Be Heard – Jim Yardley

Latest on Zhao Yan case, from the New York Times: A Chinese researcher for The New York Times may appear in court as early as next week to appeal his conviction on a fraud charge, but his legal team is worried that it will be unable to call witnesses, submit evidence or provide him with […]

Foreign scholars protest China policies – Peter Enav

From Associated Press, via The Boston Globe: More than 50 leading scholars and rights campaigners from the United States, Europe, and Australia have issued a rare public protest of Chinese policies, sending an open letter to President Hu Jintao asking him to stop the harassment of human rights activists. The Sept. 29 open letter posted […]

Silent Games – Melinda Liu

On Newsweek.com, Melinda Liu summarizes the recent government crackdown on free expression in China: For a while many foreign correspondents thought authorities were “killing the chicken to scare the monkey.” That’s a Chinese proverb meaning one target is attacked in order to intimidate another. When we saw our Chinese contacts harassed, detained, physically assaulted and […]

Researcher for Times in China Will Appeal Fraud Conviction – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times: A Chinese researcher for The New York Times, sentenced to three years in prison for fraud, decided Monday to appeal his conviction, one of his lawyers said. Zhao Yan, 44, who worked in The Times’s Beijing bureau, won a victory on Aug. 25 when a Beijing court dismissed the more […]

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