張賈龍原《騰訊財經頻道》編輯，及《財經》雜誌編輯，曾報導艾未未北京工作室被強拆和「結石寶寶之父」趙連海維權訊息。後因報導北京出租車司機罷工被行政拘留。2014年美國前國務卿克里訪華時曾與他見面，批評中國的互聯網審查和人權問題。另外，他曾繫黃絲帶聲援香港「雨傘運動」。2019年香港「反送中」運動期間被中國當局針對。2019年8月在貴陽家中被公安帶走，其後被控「尋釁滋事罪」，2021年1月8日被判到一年半。扣除 #張賈龍 被拘留的日子，他於2021年2月11日刑滿出獄，回家過春節。張賈龍的妻子邵媛告訴記者，張賈龍狀況尚可，但稍微消瘦。由於目前仍處於取保階段，因此不便多說，但感謝外界關心。
Zhang Jialong was a former editor of Tencent’s Finance Channel and a former of editor of Caijing magazine. He had covered the demolition of artist Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio and Zhao Lianhai, who represented victims of toxic milk powder. He was administratively detained after reporting Beijing taxi drivers’ strike. In 2014, he met with former US Secretary of State John Kerry and criticised China’s censorship and human rights records. He also showed his support for Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement”. During the Anti-Extradition Bill protests in HK, he was targeted by mainland authorities. He was taken away from his home in Guiyang in August 2019. He was later accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and only sentenced on 8 Jan 2021. Deducting the period of #ZhangJialong’s detention, he was released on Lunar New Year’s Eve (11 Feb 2021) and could go home for the Spring Festival. Zhang Jialong’s wife, Shao Yuan, told media that Zhang Jialong’s condition was fine, although he lost some weight. Since Zhang is currently released on bail, it is better for them to keep quiet for the time being, but the family is grateful to the support from outside.
姓名： 張賈龍 (Zhang Jialong)
刑期： 有期徒刑一年半， 2021年2月11日獲釋
Name: Zhang Jialong (張賈龍)
Year of birth: 22 May 1988
Occupation: Journalist (previously employed by Caijing Magazine and Tencent Website’s Finance Channel), blogger
Date of detention: 12 August 2019
Location: he was taken away by the police and state security officers from his home in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province
Ground of detention: criminally detained on 13 August 2019, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble"
Date of formal arrest: 13 September 2019
Date of Indictment: December 2019
Legal representation: Lawyer Xiao Yunyang, Lawyer Yan Wenxin
Date of trial: 13 May 2020, the first hearing was held in Nanming District People’s Court, Guiyang City
Date of sentencing: 8 January 2021
Sentence: 18 months of imprisonment, he completed his sentence on 11 February 2021
Location of detention/imprisonment: Nanming District Detention Centre, Guiyang City
Zhang Jialong was previously employed as an editor of Tencent Website’s Finance Channel. He once reported that the artist Ai Weiwei’s studio was demolished, documented Zhao Lianhai’s campaign, who fought for the children who had been harmed during the 2008 Chinese toxic milk powder scandal. In April 2011, Zhang’s home was searched and he was administratively detained for ten days after posting on Twitter that Beijing taxi drivers were about to go on strike. The Beijing police described him as “advocating strikes on the Internet" and “a dangerous person who attempted to cause trouble and disrupt public order in the capital”.
In February 2014, Zhang was invited to meet with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when he visited Beijing. Zhang criticized China’s surveillance system and internet censorship, called on the United States to pay attention to China’s internet freedom and human rights activists such as Xu Zhiyong and Liu Xiaobo, and suggested Kerry to visit Liu Xia (Liu Xiaobo’s wife). Upon invitation by the Foreign Policy website, Zhang wrote an article spelling out everything he would like to say to Kerry in that meeting, including hoping that the United States would implement visa sanctions on those who contributed to create the Great Firewall (GFW), such as Fang Binxing, the father of GFW and then President of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. In May 2014, Tencent terminated his employment contract, accusing him of “leaking business secrets and other confidential and sensitive information". Since then, Zhang could not find any stable jobs.
Some years ago, Zhang moved back to his hometown Guiyang City in Guizhou Province. He became an active blogger but kept a low profile. His daughter was just born when he was detained in August 2019. It is believed that the arrest was political retaliation or related to his support to the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong in 2014. At that time, he uploaded a photo wearing a yellow ribbon in support of Hong Kong people, and also shared news about Hong Kong and Taiwan repeatedly. His arrest in 2019 could be seen as a warning to other activists, as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill protests waged on in Hong Kong. His arrest and court hearing have attracted international attention. Both the spokesperson of the US State Department and Reporters Without Borders called on China to release Zhang Jialong.
On 12 August 2019, Zhang was taken away from his home in Guiyang City by police and state security personnel. He was criminally detained the next day on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and formally arrested on 13 September 2019. The procuratorial authorities lobbied Mrs. Zhang, Shao Yuan to persuade Zhang to compromise and write a confession statement in exchange for a more lenient sentence, but Shao Yuan refused. In early December 2019, Zhang was formally indicted.
The first hearing was held in the Nanming District People’s Court of Guiyang City on 13 May 2020. The indictment stated that Zhang Jialong had posted a large number of false information on Twitter since 2016 that slandered the image of the party, the country and the government, and therefore should be held criminally responsible for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.
Citing COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities disallowed observers to the hearing and stopped several of Zhang Jialong’s friends who wanted to go to the court to show their concern and support. Zhang defended himself in court, stating that he was exercising his freedom of speech in tweeting and it did not constitute a crime.
On 8 January 2021, the court finally rendered a verdict eight months after the trial and sentenced Zhang Jialong to18 months in prison. Zhang disagreed with the verdict and planned to appeal. Deducting the period of Zhang’s detention, he was released on Lunar New Year’s Eve (11 February 2021) and could go home for the Spring Festival. Zhang Jialong’s wife, Shao Yuan, told media that Zhang Jialong’s condition was fine, although he lost some weight. Since Zhang is currently released on bail, it is better for them to keep quiet for the time being, but the family is grateful to the support from outside.
For more information:
Shao Yuan, Mrs Zhang’s twitter account：https://twitter.com/sylph1022
Updated on: 19 January 2021