Detained for covering outbreak of pandemic in Wuhan, Christian journalist Zhang Zhan near death

“Zhang Zhan is 1,77 m tall and currently weighs less than 40 kg. She is so stubborn. I think she won't live long. If she does not survive the coming cold winter, I hope the world can remember her as she was. "

Zhang Zhan is a Chinese journalist who covered the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic in Wuhan. Sentenced to 4 years in prison for "causing quarrels and disturbances", Zhang Zhan was taken into custody in 2020.

Her brother, Ju Zhang, revealed on Twitter that the reporter weighs less than 40 kilograms. "I think she won't live long," he said, adding that he hoped "that the world will be able to remember her as she was".

“Zhang Zhan is 1,77 m tall and currently weighs less than 40 kg. She is so stubborn. I think she won't live long. If she does not survive the coming cold winter, I hope the world can remember her as she was. "

Zhang Zhan's mother was able to have a video chat with her daughter. She testifies to this painful moment with Radio Free Asia.

“She can't walk unaided now, and her head keeps falling as she talks. She will be in great danger if they do not release her on medical parole. I cried for several hours right after I was released. I told the state security police that if they let me meet her, I would do ideological work with her, change her attitude, and persuade her to eat. I have no response. "

Ju Zhang is confident that his sister will not stop her hunger strike.

“I have never met anyone more idealistic, nor more stubborn than her. I think it would be very meaningful if we could save Zhang Zhan, as she will never give up her hunger strike while in prison. In these very dark times, she will not try to protect herself, she will not compromise, and she will not bow to power. She has always been like that; she always wanted to conquer fear. "

After his trial in December 2020, Zhang Zhan said he wanted to continue to fight "in a Christian way".

“I will continue to fight in a Christian way, even at the cost of my life. I will force them [the Chinese authorities] to repent and I will continue to pray that God's great love will guide me. "

Last September, 44 organizations, among which China Aid, Amnesty International, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders, or the International Federation of Journalists, had asked, "in the name of fundamental human dignity", his release from Xi Jinping.

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