Date
15 December 2017
Jia Jia (inset) failed to appear at a university forum in Hong Kong where he was to deliver a speech. Reports said he called his wife from Beijing airport before he went missing. Photos: Bloomberg, Sohu.com
Jia Jia (inset) failed to appear at a university forum in Hong Kong where he was to deliver a speech. Reports said he called his wife from Beijing airport before he went missing. Photos: Bloomberg, Sohu.com

Mainland columnist disappears on way to Hong Kong forum

A Chinese political columnist is missing after failing to appear at a conference organized by the City University of Hong Kong.

Apple Daily is reporting that Jia Jia missed a 10 a.m. forum on Thursday in which he was to deliver a speech.

Organizers of the event said he has not been heard from, the report said.

Sources cited by Ming Pao Daily said Jia’s last known location was Beijing airport on Tuesday.

Jia called his wife from the airport around 8 p.m. that day, apparently as he was boarding his flight for Hong Kong.

Reports said he might have been taken away at the waiting lounge, on the plane or upon arrival in Hong Kong.

Jia’s disappearance might have been related to an article which calls for the resignation of President Xi Jinping.

The article was later taken down but a cached version is available.

Jia, a former editor of Hong Kong-based Initium Media and ex-deputy editor of online magazine Sun Affairs, has written several controversial articles on China.

In one post, he suggested that Beijing is no savior to Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, veteran journalist Gao Yu, who was jailed for leaking state secrets and released on medical parole, was escorted out of Beijing during the recently concluded sessions of China’s legislature and its powerful political advisory body, according to reports.

She traveled under heavy police guard to Yunnan province and was allowed to meet with a human rights lawyer and a journalist.

Gao was allowed back to Beijing after the sessions ended on Thursday.

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