The FCCC remains deeply concerned about New York Times researcher and farmers’ rights advocate Zhao Yan. He remains in detention, formally charged with revealing state secrets. If convicted on that charge, Zhao Yan could get the death penalty.
The New York Times continues to lobby on Zhao’s behalf, and continues to categorically deny that Zhao revealed any state secrets to it. Zhao’s September 16 detention came shortly after NYT Bureau Chief Joe Kahn wrote a piece correctly predicting that Jiang Zemin would be stepping down as head of the Central Military Commission.
Zhao’s arrest sends a chilling message to Chinese researchers and news assistants – that they could pay a price if their boss gets the wrong scoop…whether they helped with it or not.