Zhao Yan

Freed reporter gets to cover congress

Zhao Yan, the mainland researcher for The New York Times who was released from three years' jail last September, has been given press accreditation to cover the annual NPC and CPPCC meetings.

Thursday, 6 March, 2008, 12:00am

When state secrets are the rule

The sentencing of Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong to five years in prison is one in a flurry of cases that suggest China is backtracking on human rights. Ching was convicted in the wake of jail sentences for blind activist Chen Guangcheng and New York Times researcher Zhao Yan .

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am



April 22: Ching Cheong disappears after a trip to Guangzhou; observers suspect State Security Bureau officials have detained him.

June 3: Ching's wife, Mary Lau Man-yee, notified of the arrest

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Journalist cleared of leaking state secrets

But 3-year prison sentence handed down for fraud

A journalist for The New York Times, Zhao Yan , was cleared of charges of leaking state secrets yesterday, but sentenced to three years' jail after being convicted of fraud.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Fraud count was used 'to justify arrest of journalist'

Zhao Yan's friends say lesser conviction is a face-saving measure for authorities

The three-year sentence given to The New York Times journalist Zhao Yan on a fraud charge - although he was acquitted of leaking state secrets - has raised suspicions the authorities wanted to avoid embarrassment after detaining Zhao for two years.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Politics still drives mainland legal system

The long-awaited trial of Zhao Yan has had a bitter-sweet outcome. The New York Times journalist was acquitted of the heinous crime of leaking state secrets, for which he could have been incarcerated for years. But the three-year sentence meted out to him for the dubious and unrelated charge of fraud is enough to make the hearts of well-wishers of the mainland's judicial system sink.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Times researcher awaits verdict after closed one-day trial

The fate of Zhao Yan , on trial for leaking state secrets, could rest on more than the strength of the defence, a lawyer for The New York Times researcher said yesterday following the trial's close.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Journalist's case is a bellwether of freedom

China's economic coming out opened up exciting possibilities, many of which have surpassed all expectations. Examples are the growth in world trade and investment, although the benefits remain to be shared more fairly among poorer nations, and in poorer parts of China.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

New trial of researcher postponed

The trial of New York Times researcher Zhao Yan, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Researcher is charged again

Prosecutors have revived the case against a researcher for The New York Times after charges against him were dropped two months ago, his lawyer said yesterday.

Mo Shaoping said he had been informed that prosecutors had charged Zhao Yan and handed the case to the courts.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Arrival greeted by press attack

President Hu Jintao's arrival in the United States was marked by The New York Times with an editorial critical of China's record on fundamental freedoms.

The opinion piece was tied to a report saying mainland authorities might reinstate charges of revealing state secrets against Times researcher Zhao Yan .

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

New York Times researcher off the hook

The mainland authorities have dropped charges against New York Times researcher Zhao Yan in the run-up to President Hu Jintao's visit to the US next month.

Zhao's lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said he expected Zhao would be released by Monday.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Zhao release viewed as a goodwill sign to US

Experts believe move will improve ties

The Chinese authorities' decision to abandon the prosecution of New York Times researcher Zhao Yan and release him is being viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States next month.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Confusion over arrest of vocal journalist

Associates say there could be many reasons why Zhao Yan was taken away

Associates of outspoken journalist Zhao Yan were yesterday pondering the reasons behind his detention, the latest move by authorities to clamp down on freedom of expression during the recent handover of full power to President Hu Jintao .

23 Sep 2004 - 12:00am