20 February 2019
Boxun News journalist Xiang Nanfu has been detained since May 2. Photo: CCTV
Boxun News journalist Xiang Nanfu has been detained since May 2. Photo: CCTV

Two more journalists held as June 4 nears

Two more reporters have been arrested in Beijing ahead of the 25th anniversary of the June 4 military crackdown on pro-democracy students in Tiananmen Square, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Wu Wei, a former Beijing-based journalist for the South China Morning Post, was arrested on Tuesday and Xiang Nanfu, a journalist for US-based Boxun News in Beijing, was detained on May 2. Another journalist at Nihon Keizai Shimbun’s Beijing office was also taken away by police on Tuesday.

Their arrests are believed to be linked to the detention of civil rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was taken away by police in Beijing last week for alleged provocation. The journalists had interviewed Pu several times, and the authorities could be seeking to gain evidence from the journalists to convict the lawyer, the report said.

Wu, now working for news media and non-governmental organizations, had focused on dissidents and civil rights. She called for public attention online after Pu’s arrest.

Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday that China Central Television aired footage Tuesday of Xiang admitting to fabricating and exaggerating stories for payment from Boxun. CCTV said he had seriously damaged the national image by making up stories and twisting facts.

The network’s Focus program also aired the warning that any act that violates the national interest will definitely be seriously investigated, whether it happens inside or outside the border, online or offline. Even offshore websites cannot escape the authorities’ iron-fisted rule, the report said.

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