New York Journos Call For Release Of Journalist Jailed In China

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Tomorrow in New York and concurrently in nine other cities, an appeal for the release Ching Cheong, detained in China since last April for “spying on China’s government,” will be made by fellow journalists.

New York-area supporters include the New York Press Club and the Village Voice‘s Nat Hentoff, according to the release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 18, 2006

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE FOR JAILED JOURNALIST

To appeal for the release of journalist Ching Cheong, Chief China correspondent of Singapore’s Straits Times. Ching Cheong has been detained in China since last April and is scheduled be sentenced later this month. A video of the personal appeal by Ching Cheong’s wife will be shown.

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 2006, 3 p.m. in New York City
WHERE: 47 Mott Street – 2nd Floor – Lin Sing Association
Office
CONTACT: Ann Noonan : 646/251-6069
HOST: Visual Artists Guild

ccording to Mr. Hei Feng, the former President of the Visual Artists
Guild, “On Thursday, New York journalists will unite on behalf of an
investigative reporter, Ching Cheong, who has been falsely accused of
spying by China’s government – only because he was doing his job. We
are hopeful that an international appeal by the media will bring
attention to Mr. Ching’s plight and result in his immediate and
unconditional release.”

THIS PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE CONDUCTED CONCURRENTLY IN 10 CITIES
AROUND THE WORLD : Bonn, Calgary, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Melbourne,
New York, Paris, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Seattle and Toronto.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORTERS:

Hong Kong Alliance for Democracy in China
Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles
Hong Kong Journalists Association
International Federation of Journalists, IFJ-Asia
Laogai Research Foundation
Magazine New China, Germany
Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontieres
Silicon Valley for Democracy in China
Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Visual Artists Guild
Wei Jingsheng Foundation
Ethan Gutmann, Author
Members of the New York Press Club
The Committee to Protect Journalists
Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice
Bernard Stein – The Riverdale Press, Pulitzer Prize recipient
Jay Nordlinger – National Review, Chan’s Culture and Journalism Recipient
Foreign Correspondents Club
Ching Cheong Concern Group