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The Chinese model of control is very effective. Nobody speaks out against the Chinese Communist Party. Very few brave souls leak the limited information that’s able to reach the left. And if anyone is caught going against the official narrative, they can be arrested and jailed, as one Chinese citizen journalist has learned.
Zhang Zhan, 37, was jailed for “picking quarrels.” This may seem nonsensical in the United States, but strict adherence to the party line is a legal obligation for Chinese citizens. They may not “pick quarrels” with officials, even if they do so in the name of truth and justice. Perhaps ESPECIALLY if they do so in the name of truth and justice. According to Axios:
A court in Shanghai sentenced a citizen journalist to four years in prison Monday after finding her guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” by reporting on China’s early coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, per rights groups.
Why it matters: Zhang Zhan’s conviction marks the first known sentence of someone “who chronicled authorities’ early struggle to manage the outbreak,” Bloomberg notes.
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Citizen journalist and former lawyer #ZhangZhan, who went to #Wuhan to cover the #coronavirus pandemic, has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for “picking quarrels”. She had staged a hunger strike in the detention center for several months in protest. https://t.co/FPiJYlqEsz
— CHRD人权捍卫者 (@CHRDnet) December 28, 2020
- Zhang is among several independent reporters “detained or disappeared” in a crackdown by Chinese authorities keen to portray the government’s pandemic response as “effective and timely,” per CNN.
- There’s no free press in China.
Driving the news: The 37-year-old former lawyer came to the attention of authorities in February, after her reports were widely shared on social media, documenting how officials “didn’t give people enough information” and “violated human rights,” SBS reports.
- Zhang has been detained since last May, AFP notes.
Of note: Her sentencing comes as a World Health Organization-led international mission prepares to visit China next month to investigate COVID-19’s origins.
While few speak the words in public, many on the radical left in America have shown admiration for the Chinese model. They prefer to have any speech they deem unacceptable censored and for those who utter such words to be jailed. And with so much Chinese Communist Party influence apparent in nearly every important facet of American life, it’s becoming increasingly possible that the wrong leadership at the wrong time could send us spiraling down the authoritarian path.
Perhaps that’s why the CCP was so adamant about installing Joe Biden as president.
If you value your freedoms as humans and Americans, you will object to the efforts of those who want to bring Chinese Communist Party principles to this nation. It’s happening in front of us, and too many are failing to object.
COVID-19 lockdowns are taking down an independent news outlet
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Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it.
When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that.
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