China authorities detain Bloomberg News Beijing staff member

Chinese authorities have detained a Bloomberg News staff member in Beijing on suspicion of endangering national security.

Haze Fan, who works for the Bloomberg News bureau in Beijing, was last in contact with one of her editors about 11:30am local time on Monday [File: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg]
Haze Fan, who works for the Bloomberg News bureau in Beijing, was last in contact with one of her editors about 11:30am local time on Monday [File: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg]

Chinese authorities have detained Haze Fan, who works for the Bloomberg News bureau in Beijing, on suspicion of endangering national security.

Fan was last in contact with one of her editors around 11:30 a.m. local time on Monday. Shortly after, she was seen being escorted from her apartment building by plain clothes security officials.

Throughout the four days since her disappearance, Bloomberg has sought information on Fan’s whereabouts from the Chinese government and the Chinese embassy in Washington, DC. Her family was informed within 24 hours. Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, on Thursday received confirmation that Fan is being held on suspicion of participating in activities endangering national security.

“We are very concerned for her, and have been actively speaking to Chinese authorities to better understand the situation. We are continuing to do everything we can to support her while we seek more information,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson.

Fan, a Chinese citizen, began working for Bloomberg in 2017 and was previously with CNBC, CBS News, Al Jazeera and Thomson Reuters. Chinese nationals can only work as news assistants for foreign news bureaus in China and are not allowed to do independent reporting.

“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 case is currently under investigation. Ms. Fan’s legitimate rights have been fully ensured and her family has been notified,” the Chinese authorities said.

(Updates with additional detail in 3rd paragraph)

Source: Bloomberg

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