Police in Guangdong China Arrested Two Journalists Covering Labor Activism

Police in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have arrested two journalists who cover labor activism and a campaign for workers affected by workplace related illness and injury.

Journalist Wei Zhili was arrested on Wednesday for “disturbing public order.” Authorities said he had been “brainwashed” and was being taken away for “re-education,” according to his parents. The same night, fellow journalist Ke Chengbing was also arrested.

Wei Zhili was taken at 1:00 a.m. by police on Thursday, as he made his way to the provincial capital Guangzhou, the Weiquanwang rights website reported.

The detention comes after Wei and Ke had reported on workers pursuing compensation for pneumoconiosis linked to their working conditions in the central province of Hunan.

At least 47 journalists were imprisoned in China at the end of 2018, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.



Photo: “拆” by Jonathan Kos-Read is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0