Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian journalist for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, is seen attending an event in Beijing in August 2020. She was detained the following month and formally arrested on Friday. Photo: AP
Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian journalist for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, is seen attending an event in Beijing in August 2020. She was detained the following month and formally arrested on Friday. Photo: AP
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Australian journalist Cheng Lei’s arrest in China causes concern, press freedom fears

  • The TV anchor at China’s CGTN was formally arrested on Friday for ‘supplying state secrets’, amid deteriorating Australia-China relations
  • Her former colleagues, family members and press freedom advocates have expressed concern about her well-being, six months after she was detained

Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian journalist for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, is seen attending an event in Beijing in August 2020. She was detained the following month and formally arrested on Friday. Photo: AP
Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian journalist for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, is seen attending an event in Beijing in August 2020. She was detained the following month and formally arrested on Friday. Photo: AP
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