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PEN Sydney urges for release of Australian journalist Yang Hengjun

PEN Sydney expresses public support for Australian journalist Yang Hengjun, who has been detained since January in an unknown location in China on suspicion of endangering national security.

For the past 6 months, Yang was held under “residential” surveillance at a prison facility in southern Beijing. He was recently relocated to a different “criminal” detention centre in Beijing with the expectation that he will be formally charged with “endangering state security”.

According to the MEAA, at no time during the past six months has Yang’s family or Australian consular officials been told what Yang is alleged to have done.

Yang is an Australian citizen and a journalist member of the MEAA. His arrest and detention without conviction amounts to an attack on press freedom and threatens the security of all international journalists trying to report from China.

MEAA has written to China’s Ambassador to Australia regarding the arrest and detention of MEAA Media member Yang Hengjun. Read the letter. PEN Sydney supports the MEAA's message of solidarity.

PEN Sydney also supports Yang’s wife, Yuan Xiaolong, who has been detained and questioned on two separate occasions, banned from leaving the country and warned against speaking to foreign media.

PEN Sydney urges the Chinese government to release Yang and allow him and his wife to return to Australia.

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