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China's journalist reported being raided in Australia: My daughter was greatly frightened

Source: xkb.com.au
[Current News]     30 Sep 2020
Before returning to China in August, Yang Jingzhong (Yang Jingzhong) was reported to have been president of the Sydney Branch of Xinhua News Agency. Later on Tuesday, he published a Chinese story about seven hours of sudden home searches in Australia.
China's journalist reported being raided in Australia: My daughter was greatly frightened

Former Xinhua News Agency Sydney Branch President Yang Jingzhong left Australia in August this year. (Photo of Australian)

One Chinese journalist in Australia has broken his silence and disclosed the process of the Australian Security Intelligence Agency (ASIO) in front of his young girl.

Before returning to China in August, Yang Jingzhong (Yang Jingzhong) was reported to have been president of the Sydney Branch of Xinhua News Agency. Later on Tuesday, he published a Chinese story about seven hours of sudden home searches in Australia.

"At about 6:30 a.m. on June 26, I was still asleep and there was a heavy knock on the door ," Yang wrote. "It is alleged that when he opened the Sydney apartment door, he saw dozens of ANSI personnel and police. At that time, the other party held a search warrant, on suspicion of violating the Australian Federal government's anti-foreign interference law, asked for a house search.

As soon as security intelligence agents and police entered the door, mr yang said ," I took my cell phone from me asked me not to touch any of my electronic and working equipment ".

According to Yang Jingzhong, the intelligence agents and police subsequently asked him not to leave his apartment during the search.

"I sat down on the sofa in the living room with my daughter, who had also been awakened from sleep, and watched them turn around. To go to the bathroom, someone followed the bathroom door. "Although I was shocked, I soon calmed down because I knew I hadn't violated any law., but my daughter had never experienced such a scene. "

He is one of four Chinese journalist raided in Australia. The other three include tao she-lan, president of china news agency australia, li dae-yong, director of journalist station at china international radio station australia, and another unnamed woman journalist. who subject to investigation by the australian intelligence service, state media said.

On the evening of september 8th, mr yang's xinhua news agency revealed that australian state intelligence agents raided the homes of four chinese media journalist in australia in the early hours of june 26th, interrogated them for hours, and took away their work computers, cell phones, mobile U disks, text manuscripts, etc. Tao She-lan and Li Dayong have not yet publicly described their experiences of the day.

The Australian Security Intelligence Agency declined to comment. But a national security official responded that all raids in Australia required search warrants, so it was entirely legal.

In a report released Tuesday night, Yang also said Australian search agents had videotaped the process the same day.

"For seven hours, from morning till afternoon, they searched my apartment completely without leaving any corner. All of my computers, cell phones, iPad and other electronic devices, as well as printed manuscripts, were taken away by them. I asked them to leave a warrant and they refused. Before they leave the apartment, they left a list of the items they had taken. "

He said he was allowed to contact the chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 、 chinese consulate general in sydney and its xinhua news agency at the time, but the search agents "asked me not to use my when I was in contact with the outside world to use the one they provided ".

"My normal work and life in Australia has been completely disrupted ," Yang said. The Australian side has never given a convincing reason or basis for why a raid was conducted ". He leave Australia two months after the incident.

It is reported that Yang Jingzhong in February 2018 as Xinhua News Agency Sydney Branch President. At that time, the Australian-Chinese relationship has been tightened by Australian media "China intervention" reports.

While he was in office, first, tan bao (Malcolm Turnbull) government decided to ban chinese telecoms giant Huawei from participating in australia's five G network, and made trouble over the south china sea. And then the successor, morrison (Scott Morrison) government, began calling for a global traceability survey in march and april.

Mr yang, at the end of tuesday's article, attributed the increase in bilateral relationship tensions to "some australian politicians and the media ", accusing them of" treating positive actions to promote friendship and cooperation between the two countries as so-called foreign interference, even to the point of persecution 、 repression of those engaged in this work ".

However, he added :" I also felt during my two and a half years of work in Australia that the demand for economic and trade exchanges and cultural exchanges between the two countries is still strong, and that Sino-Australian friendship has a deep foundation of public opinion. "

Yang believes that "the prospect of friendly cooperation between the two countries remains bright ".

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