Cheng Lei Wiki Bio
An Australian journalist has been arrested in Beijing in connection with a “very sensitive case”.
Cheng Lei, a trade graduate and mother of two, faces up to six months in custody after she was placed on ‘residential hold’ two weeks ago.
According to Chinese law, Ms. Cheng can be detained for up to six months for questioning, even if no charges are brought, and access to a lawyer or family and friends can be denied for the duration.
She has been in the custody of Chinese authorities for two weeks, Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed Monday.
Payne declined to elaborate on the case, but said that “ a formal notification was received from the Chinese authorities on August 14, 2020 about her arrest. ”
Ms. Cheng has two children who live in Melbourne, but she has worked as a television host in China for eight years.
“Australian officials had an initial consular visit with Ms Cheng at a detention center via video link on August 27 and will continue to provide assistance and support to her and her family,” Ms Payne said.
Lei Cheng works for state broadcaster China Global Television Network
“No further comment will be provided due to the government’s privacy obligations.”
Ms. Cheng works for the state broadcaster China Global Television Network, but her profile on the CGTN website has since disappeared and now leads to an error message.
Friends first became concerned about Ms. Cheng when she did not respond to several messages in recent weeks.
According to reports, Ms. Cheng has not been charged, but is being held under “residential surveillance at a designated location”.
Detention allows investigators to imprison a person for up to six months and suspend all access to lawyers and the outside world.
Cheng’s supporters are reportedly seeking legal representation for her.
Chancellor Marise Payne confirmed that Cheng Lei (pictured) had been detained, but did not offer further details on the +3 case.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed that Cheng Lei (pictured) had been detained, but did not offer further details about the case.
Ms. Cheng’s family said they have faith in the Chinese government in a statement sent to ABC.
“As a family, we are aware of the current situation regarding the state of Cheng Lei, as advised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,” they said.
The family confirmed that they are in close consultation with DFAT and that they are “doing everything possible as a family to support Cheng Lei.”
‘In China, due process will be observed and we look forward to a successful and timely conclusion of the matter.
“We ask that you respect that process and understand that there will be no further comment at this time.”
Cheng describes herself as ‘a passionate speaker of the #China story’ on social media, but has not posted anything since August 12.
Her most recent post read: ‘dirthack’s first #Beijingstore to open in 12 hours … staff are excited! I love the Beijing touches in the food and decor. The opening ceremony will feature pedicabs and pesky Beijing dudes! Make smoothies, not war.
On August 6, Ms Lei revealed that she had a scheduled interview with an Irish investment agency about TikTok, but suggested that it was canceled “ due to pressure (from the government?) .
Lei Cheng Quicks And Facts
An Australian journalist has been detained in Beijing for two weeks.
Chancellor Marise Payne confirmed that Cheng Lei had been detained
Ms. Cheng is a host of the state broadcaster China Global Television Network
She has not been charged but is being held by the Chinese authorities.