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COVID-19 whistleblower’s status unknown after 4-year prison term

Zhang, a former lawyer, traveled from Shanghai to Wuhan to document events as COVID-19 took over the city in early 2020. She posted unfiltered reports on Chinese social media, as well as YouTube, which is banned in China. Her reports, which offered a rare glimpse into the early extent of the outbreak, eventually gained traction. She also wrote essays critical of the Chinese government response. Zhang’s family and rights groups were expecting her release on May 13 based on a court verdict they obtained. But as of Monday evening, advocates lamented that there had been no confirmation whether she was able to walk free. Activist Jane Wang, who heads the U.K.-based Free Zhang Zhan campaign, expressed concerns about Zhang’s condition.

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