Hong Kong: China has sentenced a former lawyer to four years in prison over her posts about the coronavirus response in Wuhan, the first known conviction of someone who chronicled authorities’ early struggle to manage the outbreak.
Zhang Zhan, 37, was convicted on Monday, according to a tweet from the Hong Kong Free Press, which cited a lawyer. It didn’t give further details.
The crime carries a maximum sentence of five years. The verdict represents China’s latest effort to punish those who exposed shortcomings in the country’s initial response to the virus, which was first discovered a year ago in the central city of Wuhan before spreading around the globe.
After being accused of covering up the severity of the virus, President Xi Jinping’s government has sought to recast its response as competent and compassionate.