An activist near Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong holds up signs to support Zhang Zhan and a group of 12 Hongkongers detained on the mainland for over 130 days, on December 28. Photo: EPA-EFE An activist near Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong holds up signs to support Zhang Zhan and a group of 12 Hongkongers detained on the mainland for over 130 days, on December 28. Photo: EPA-EFE
An activist near Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong holds up signs to support Zhang Zhan and a group of 12 Hongkongers detained on the mainland for over 130 days, on December 28. Photo: EPA-EFE
Jerome A. Cohen
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Opinion

Jerome A. Cohen

Why Covid-19 citizen journalist Zhang Zhan’s fate deserves greater scrutiny

  • Among other aspects, Zhang’s case is distinctive for being the first formal prosecution involving the charge of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ to suppress a Covid-19 citizen journalist
  • We should also be asking what motivates a defendant such as the courageous Zhang to martyr herself in the cause of free speech

An activist near Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong holds up signs to support Zhang Zhan and a group of 12 Hongkongers detained on the mainland for over 130 days, on December 28. Photo: EPA-EFE An activist near Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong holds up signs to support Zhang Zhan and a group of 12 Hongkongers detained on the mainland for over 130 days, on December 28. Photo: EPA-EFE
An activist near Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong holds up signs to support Zhang Zhan and a group of 12 Hongkongers detained on the mainland for over 130 days, on December 28. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Jerome A. Cohen

Jerome A. Cohen

Jerome A. Cohen is a law professor at New York University, faculty director of its US-Asia Law Institute and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.