Cheng Lei’s detention sent shock waves through China’s foreign journalist community. Photo: Handout
Cheng Lei’s detention sent shock waves through China’s foreign journalist community. Photo: Handout

Australian journalist Cheng Lei formally arrested in China for ‘supplying state secrets’

  • Cheng, an anchor for Chinese state television, has written a number of Facebook posts critical of President Xi Jinping and Beijing’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak
  • She became the second high-profile Australian citizen to be held in Beijing after writer Yang Hengjun was arrested in January 2019 on suspicion of espionage

Cheng Lei’s detention sent shock waves through China’s foreign journalist community. Photo: Handout
Cheng Lei’s detention sent shock waves through China’s foreign journalist community. Photo: Handout
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