Citizen Journalist: Xu Na

ON JULY 19, 2020, Xu was arrested alongside ten other citizen journalists in Beijing for publishing photos online of Beijing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their lawyers were denied certain rights protected by Chinese law, including copying and requesting court documents, as well as being present during important case proceedings. She was indicted on April 2, 2021 and detained at Beijing Women’s Prison until her sentencing on January 14, 2022. She was then sentenced to eight years in prison.

(Pictured above is artist and citizen journalist Xu Na.)

Case Summary

Xu Na / 許那 – Gender: Female, Born: 1968

Current status: Detained in Beijing, sentenced to 8 years

Detention Date: 07/19/2020

Reason for Detention: Publishing photos and articles online that exposed the severity of the pandemic and lockdowns in China

Indicted Date: 04/02/2021

Date of Sentence: 01/14/2022

Past Detentions: In 2001, Xu was sentenced to 5 years in prison and endured torture at Beijing Women’s Prison. In 2008, Xu and her husband, Yu Zhou, were detained before the 2008 Olympics. Guards at Beijing City Tongzhou District Detention Center tortured her husband to death within two weeks of his detention.

Reports of Torture: Yes

Current location: Unknown. It is suspected that she is still being held at Beijing Women’s Prison.


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