US, EU urge release of Wuhan citizen journalist

Washington (AFP) – The United States and European Union on Tuesday demanded that China release a citizen journalist jailed for reports from Wuhan, with top US diplomat Mike Pompeo accusing Beijing of covering up Covid-19. Zhang Zan, a former lawyer in custody since May, was Monday handed four years in prison over her early online accounts that provided a rare unvarnished glimpse of the city where the mysterious respiratory illness was first detected a year ago. Pompeo in a statement called on China to “release her immediately and unconditionally.” “The Chinese Communist Party has shown once ag…

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