11 human rights organisations, including ARTICLE 19, sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling on him to pardon journalist Huang Qi, who is suffering from a life-threatening health condition. Huang Qi has reported extensively on corruption cases and human rights violations in China. He is a two-time winner of the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Award (RSF). On 29 July 2019, he was sentenced by the Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province to 12 years in prison for “leaking state secrets” and “providing state secrets abroad” following a closed trial that failed to demonstrate his culpability. Huang Qi suffers from critical liver and kidney diseases and may die if he remains in prison.
The letter was signed by ARTICLE 19, Association of Taiwan Journalists, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Committee To Protect Journalists, Freedom House, Human Rights Foundation, Human Rights In China, Index On Censorship, Reporters Without Borders, Safeguard Defenders and Taiwan Media Watch Foundation.