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Bloomberg Reporter, Haze Fan, Arrested By Chinese Police

Chinese authority had arrested their own citizen, Haze Fan, over suspicion of endangering the national security. Chinese police who were dressed in plain clothes apprehended the news assistant from her apartment last Monday over the allegation.

This incident increase international pressure on the Chinese government over concern on the security and rights of foreign media outlets that's operating on their soil.

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Bloomberg, a media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City said that their last contact on Haze Fan had been on 11:30 a.m. on the day of the arrest.

Wang Yi, the China's foreign ministry confirmed the Bloomberg's employee's arrest and the charges on Friday.

"Chinese citizen Ms Fan has been detained by the Beijing National Security Bureau according to relevant Chinese law on suspicion of engaging in criminal activities that jeopardize national security" - the foreign ministry said on the media.

"The case is currently under investigation. Ms. Fan’s legitimate rights have been fully ensured and her family has been notified" - the Chinese official added.

Haze Fan has been on the said media company since 2017 has been credited over numerous global business stories of the company as a news assistant and not as a full pledged journalist. Apparently, Chinese law doesn't allow its own citizen to work as a news reporter on foreign media companies operating on their territory.

Before her Bloomberg employment, Fan had also worked on other foreign media outlets which includes Reuters, CNBS, CBS and Al Jazeera.

John Micklethwait, Bloomberg's editor in chief, described Fan as a "talented and an integral part of the newsroom" and that he assured that the news agency will work as hard as possible to help on her release and her family during these times. Micklethwait also assured the world that the arrest will not change how would they report news from China.

Fan's detention happened months after Chinese authority made an arrest on a high profile television anchor over the same suspicion. Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian television news anchor and business reporter was apprehended by the Chinese authority on August 2020. Since the arrest of the 45 years old prominent anchor, she was not able to make contact with her friends and family members.

Confidence on press freedom on the Chinese territory has been in question over these incidents.