Chen Jieren, 49, anti-corruption journalist, was sentenced in April 2020 to 15 years in prison for accusing Communist Party officials of corruption in his social media posts. Chen was arrested at his home in Shaoyang, in the southern province of Hunan, some time between 4 and 6 July 2018 in an investigation by the State Supervisory Commission, the central anti-corruption agency that was created in January. His wife, his two brothers and two people who helped him were also arrested. Chen’s WeChat social media account was deactivated and Chinese state media broadcast his “confessions” the following month. Before starting to freelance, Chen worked for several Chinese propaganda media outlets including China Youth Daily, Beijing Daily, and People’s Daily, but was fired from each of them because his articles were regarded as excessively critical.
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