Megha Rajagopalan | Reuters

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By: Free Our Reporter, Begs Newspaper As China Cracks Down on Journalists

(Reuters) – A Chinese newspaper pleaded with police on Wednesday to release an investigative reporter accused of defamation in an unusual public rebuke amid a wider government crackdown on freedom of expression.

The state-run New Express tabloid printed a front-page commentary begging police in the south-central city of Changsha to set reporter Chen Yongzhou free under the headline: “Please release him.”

Published: October 23, 2013

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