Police have detained a Bloomberg News Beijing Staff Member for allegedly endangering national security.
Police have detained Bloomberg News Beijing Staff Member Haze Fan for allegedly endangering national security.
According to Bloomberg, Fan was last in contact with one of her editors around 11:30 a.m. local time last Monday. before she was seen being escorted from her apartment building by plainclothes policemen.
“We are very concerned for her and have been actively speaking to Chinese authorities to better understand the situation. We are continuing to do everything we can to support her while we seek more information,” said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, received confirmation from the Chinese embassy last Thursday that Fan was being held on suspicion of participating in activities endangering national security.
“Chinese citizen Ms. Fan has been detained by the Beijing National Security Bureau according to relevant Chinese law on suspicion of engaging in criminal activities that jeopardize national security. The case is currently under investigation. Ms. Fan’s legitimate rights have been fully ensured and her family has been notified,” said Chinese authorities.
Chinese nationals are only allowed to work for foreign news outlets in “auxiliary” roles such as staff but not as reporters.
Fan is a Chinese citizen and has been with Bloomberg since 2017 after working with other foreign bureaus before.
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