Zhang Zhan is the first citizen journalist known to have been sentenced for her role in reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.
A former lawyer, Zhang Zhan traveled to the central Chinese city in February to report on the pandemic and subsequent attempts to contain it, just as the authorities began reining in state-run and private Chinese media.
She disappeared from Wuhan in May and was later revealed to have been detained by police in Shanghai, a city more than 640 kilometers (400 miles) away, and charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” an offense commonly used to target journalists and human rights activists.
Chen Qiushi, who had and posted reports on social media, disappeared in February. In September, he was reported to be under “state supervision.” Li Zehua and Fang Bin, the other two independent journalists — were also detained following their coverage of the Wuhan outbreak.
While sporadic outbreaks have popped up and been swiftly suppressed with lockdowns and quarantines, China has largely controlled the virus, allowing the country to return to relative normality.