×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: journalist | minnie chan | missing | china | defense forum | hong kong

Hong Kong Journalist Fails to Return From China

Friday, 01 December 2023 01:05 PM EST

The Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement on Friday it was "deeply concerned" about the safety and whereabouts of a South China Morning Post reporter who has been unreachable since attending an event in Beijing in late October.

Minnie Chan, a senior reporter covering security matters at the newspaper, traveled from Hong Kong to Beijing to report on a Chinese defense forum on Oct. 29-31, according to two sources close to her.

Four sources familiar with the matter, including SCMP colleagues of Chan and her friends, say they have not been able to contact her since the day following the forum. The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation.

"The Hong Kong Journalists Association is deeply concerned for Minnie's safety and is requesting more information from the SCMP," said the group in a statement.

SCMP told Reuters that Chan has "taken personal leave." It added that Chan's family "informed us that she is in Beijing but needs time to handle a private matter. Her family has told us she is safe but has requested that we respect her privacy."

The newspaper said, "the safety of our journalists in the course of their professional work is of the utmost importance," and that it would "continue to communicate with Minnie's family and provide all the necessary support they need."

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said he "didn't know about the relevant situation," when asked about Chan's case at a regular media briefing.

Hong Kong's Security Bureau had no immediate comment.

The SCMP is owned by Chinese technology giant Alibaba Group.

Kyodo News first reported the news of Chan being unreachable.

Reuters was not able to determine Chan's current whereabouts. Calls, WeChat, and WhatsApp messages to her mobile phone went unanswered. Reuters was unable to reach any relatives of Chan for comment.

A fellow reporter who traveled with Chan to Beijing for the forum had returned to Hong Kong after the event and has since published articles, one of the sources said.

Two staffers at the SCMP said Chan's name had been on the work roster for part of November.

The Xiangshan Forum covered by Chan is China's biggest annual show of military diplomacy. It was held at a sensitive time for Beijing soon after it sacked former defense minister Li Shangfu who is yet to be replaced.

© 2024 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
The Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement on Friday it was "deeply concerned" about the safety and whereabouts of a South China Morning Post reporter who has been unreachable since attending an event in Beijing in late October.
journalist, minnie chan, missing, china, defense forum, hong kong
393
2023-05-01
Friday, 01 December 2023 01:05 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved