Harrowing account of how Chinese authorities 'disappeared' one reporter's assistant

The police follow Miao as she is heading to a poetry reading, where she is later arrested © Uli Knörzer


The police follow Miao as she is heading to a poetry reading, where she is later arrested © Uli Knörzer

At Zeit Online, "They Have Miao" is an intense, riveting, and frightening read. It's Zeit.de journalist Angela Kockritz's account of "How my assistant got into trouble with Beijing’s security apparatus and I got to know the Chinese authorities," illustrated by Uli Knörzer, and retold with great candor and bravery.

From the introduction:

We have held off from publishing this story for a long time: A Chinese woman working as an assistant to DIE ZEIT has been detained for more than 12 weeks. We didn’t want to complicate diplomatic efforts being made to secure her release. But since these have yet to yield any result, we consider it necessary to make public now the fate of our colleague Zhang Miao. Angela Köckritz, our Beijing correspondent, is no longer in China. In this article, she describes her experiences with Chinese authorities.

"Freedom of Press: They Have Miao" [zeit.de]