Caixin Statement Regarding Detained Reporter Chen Baocheng
On August 10, Caixin Media Co. learned from Internet posts that a Caixin employee and reporter, Chen Baocheng, had been detained by police in Pingdu City, Shandong Province, over disputes related to forced demolition.
Caixin immediately tried to get in touch with Chen, but failed. It then commissioned a lawyer to contact the Pingdu police to learn more about the incident and law enforcement procedures. However, as of the release of this statement, the police have not responded. On the night of August 10, Caixin prepared a written inquiry to send to the Pingdu police bureau. A police officer surnamed Ma who answered our call said the bureau's fax machine was broken and refused to receive the letter or answer any questions about Chen.
More than 24 hours have passed since the detention and the Pingdu police have not released any information to the public. This despite repeated efforts from Caixin and the great attention on social media sites.
The demolition disputes in Pingdu, Chen's hometown, have garnered broad public attention for several months. In February, when Chen was home to attend his grandmother's funeral, he was attacked by a group of unidentified people. At the time, Caixin issued a public statement that called on the Pingdu government and relevant departments to investigate the attack. They have not responded.
Caixin is closely following the detention of Chen. We call for restraint and for all parties to act rationally. Actions should fall within the framework of the law. We hope that the authorities in Pingdu can disclose information in a timely manner and handle the case with justice and transparency.
Legal Affairs Department, Caixin Media Company
August 11, 2013
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