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From the South China Morning Post
By Guo Rui
- Court in Shanghai hands sentence down to Zhang after she was found guilty of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’
- Supporters denied entry to the courtroom to see Zhang, who has been on a hunger strike while awaiting trial and attended court in a wheelchair
Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years in prison in Shanghai on Monday for her reporting on the coronavirus pandemic in central Chinese city of Wuhan early this year, one of her lawyers said.
Zhang, 37, was found guilty by Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court on Monday morning of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, a broadly defined offence which carries a maximum sentence of five years and is often used by police to stifle dissent.
“Zhang Zhan attended the trial in a wheelchair and was in poor health,” lawyer Zhang Keke said.
“She did not immediately say if she would appeal [against the sentence].”
She was one of the few citizen journalists in China to report on the early experiences of people in Wuhan during the city’s lockdown. The others have either been detained or ordered to stop their online reporting.
He said he argued with police, asserting that the charge against Zhang was only “provoking trouble”, which did not involve state secrets or personal privacy, and questioned why, as a public trial, citizens could not walk in and listen.
Li said police told him he should have applied to the judge in advance, but Li said this violated the freedom of citizens to observe an open court case.
After an argument, Li was taken to the police station and was released at around 1pm, he said.
"I have not met Zhang Zhan, just chatted with her on social media, and after knowing that she went to Wuhan alone I was very worried,” Li said.
A Wuhan resident who would only identify herself as “Xiaomu”, travelled from Wuhan to Shanghai on Sunday. She had met Zhang Zhan in the central Chinese city in April.
“We were full of fears about the virus and the future during the Wuhan lockdown, so we thanked Zhang Zhan for arriving in Wuhan. So brave. I heard that she bought a train ticket to Chongqing and got off in Wuhan alone,” she said.
“Zhang Zhan is the one paying the biggest price for Wuhan, a price of blood and tears, of health and life. Zhang Zhan is unbelievably determined for the truth and faith. As a Wuhan native, I must support her,” she said.
“The four-year sentence is too heavy,” said Wu who uses the pseudonym Ye Du on social media. “But for anyone who understands this regime, this was within expectations.
“This regime stands on two pillars: lies and power. It covers up the truth about the pandemic with lies so it can carry on its rule … and uses power to intimidate and shut up the ordinary people, and heavy sentences [to punish] people who are not afraid of the intimidation.