Cheng Lei, Australian journalist and TV anchor for the Chinese Government’s English news channel, CGTN, has been detained for more than two weeks without explanation.

Lei is being held in a form of detention where she can be held for six months and be questioned without access to a lawyer.

Most recently, the Chinese government made its first official acknowledgement of Lei’s detainment: “I don’t have any specific information, China is a country of rule of law, if you want more info I can ask competent authorities, I have nothing to offer here” – Hua Chunying, MFA (via Bill Birtles)

Without transparency, it looks as though China is holding Australian journalist Cheng Lei for political or diplomatic purposes. China needs to explain what she is accused of and show evidence, or let her go.

View the ABC report on it here.

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