The government of China forbids any articles about disease outbreaks that are not pre-approved. Now apparently they are detaining family members. No wonder journalists shy away from publishing any forbidden subjects.

China detains relatives of RFA Uighur service journalists

February 28, 2018 2:46 PM ET

Taipei, February 28, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is alarmed by news that Chinese authorities have detained at least nine relatives of four U.S.-based journalists for Radio Free Asia's Uighur service.


"Punishing family members of journalists beyond the reach of the Chinese government is a cruel, if not barbaric, tactic," said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler. "The Chinese government should immediately account for these people's health, whereabouts, and legal status and set them free."