Megha Rajagopalan | Reuters


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."


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