Coronavirus: Chinese citizen journalist faces jail for Wuhan reporting

Publishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightYoutube/Screenshotimage captionThe 37-year-old former lawyer was arrested by police in May

A Chinese citizen journalist who covered Wuhan's virus outbreak is facing up to five years in jail, according to newly released documents.

Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old former lawyer, has been held in detention since she was arrested in May.

She is accused of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" – a charge often used against activists in China.

Ms Zhang is not the first citizen journalist who has run into trouble for reporting on the then virus-hit Wuhan.

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At least three disappeared in February. One, Li Zehua, reappeared in April saying he had been "quarantining".

It later emerged the second, Chen Qiushi, had been placed under government supervision, while the whereabouts of the third journalist, Fang Bin, is still unknown.

Chinese authorities are known to clamp down on activists who speak out.

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