outbreak of dengue fever, a viral, mosquito-borne disease, in Fuzhou.
The author, identified by his lawyer as Li, reported more than 20 cases, according to Boxun. But the Web site increased the number to 100 cases after doing its own research. Days after the Boxun report official media confirmed 30 cases in Fujian province. The Chinese government has previously been criticized for withholding information on public health issues.
Li plead not guilty in today’s trial, his lawyer told CPJ.
China is the world’s leading jailer of journalists, according to CPJ research.
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