Haze Fan: China Says Bloomberg Staffer Released on Bail Earlier This Year | freedom of the press

Haze Fan, a Bloomberg News staffer in China who was detained in late 2020, was released on bail earlier this year, according to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Washington dated May and reported by the agency. press Tuesday.

New York-based Bloomberg said in a report that he learned of the embassy statement over the weekend and was unable to contact Fan.

Fan, a Chinese national who worked at Bloomberg’s office in Beijing, was arrested in December 2020 and was formally arrested in July 2021 on suspicion of committing crimes endangering national security.

The statement from the Chinese Embassy, ​​dated May 6, said Fan was released on bail in January pending trial and her case is still under investigation.

“Fan’s case has nothing to do with her status as a foreign media employee,” the embassy statement said.

China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

“We are encouraged that Haze is released on bail,” said Bloomberg editor John Micklethwait, quoted in the report. “We will continue to do everything we can to help her and her family.”

A Bloomberg spokesperson said the company had no further comment.

Prior to her detention, Fan was last seen in December 2020 as she was escorted out of her apartment building by plainclothes security officers.

Fan joined Bloomberg in 2017 and previously worked for Reuters, as well as CNBC, Al Jazeera and CBS News.

In March, a Beijing court heard the case of Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei, accused of providing state secrets to a foreign country.

Cheng, a TV presenter for Chinese state broadcaster CGTN, was arrested in August 2020 and officially arrested a year ago. A verdict in his trail has been deferred.

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