Five women citizen journalists reporting for the independent news website 64Tianwang were detained by Chinese police during the G20 summit in Hangzhou, leaving their families without news of their fate. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for their immediate release and that no charges be brought against them.
The authorities carried out several waves of arrests and detentions of dissidents and human rights activists before and during the G20 summit, including the five 64Tianwang citizen-journalists.
They are Yang Xiuqiong, Lin Xiurong,Yuan Ying, Jiang Chenfen and He Yazhen. Other journalists such as Li Zhaoxiu and 64Tianwang founder and editor Huang Qi were forced to “take a holiday”.
RSF previously criticised the Chinese government’s systematic persecution of 64Tianwang citizen journalists when another of its women reporters, Yang Dongying, was arrested in Zhejiang in June, 2015.
RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index ranks China at 176 out of 180 countries listed. China has more than 100 journalists and bloggers detained in prison at this time.