China Warns Others Not to Interfere With Arrest of Bloomberg Journalist

China has warned other countries and organizations not to interfere with the arrest of a Bloomberg journalist after the European Union (EU) called for China to release all detained journalists.

China has warned other countries and organizations not to interfere with the arrest of a Bloomberg journalist after the European Union (EU) called for China to release all detained journalists.

A spokesperson from the Chinese Mission to the EU said on Dec. 13 that the arrest of Haze Fan, who is “suspected of engaging in criminal activities endangering China’s national security,” is an “internal affair” and that “no other country or organization has any right to interfere.”

“We urge the European side to respect China’s judicial sovereignty and stop making irresponsible remarks,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin also said at a separate press conference on Dec. 14.

The EU responded to Fan’s arrest last Dec. 12, saying in a statement that it expected China to grant Fan “medical assistance if needed, prompt access to a lawyer of her choice, and contacts with her family.”

The EU said in a statement that “Chinese journalists or citizens have disappeared this year, or been detained or harassed after engaging in reporting” and called for their immediate release.

The Foreign Correspondents Club in China also showed concern and solidarity and that it is looking for clarity on the reason for Fan’s arrest.

According to Bloomberg, security officials wearing civilian clothes arrested Fan last Dec. 7 from her home, making it the latest arrest of a journalist in China.

Last November, authorities arrested Cheng Lei, an anchor at the Chinese state-owned news outlet CGTN over similar national security charges.


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