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Chinese journalist linked to petition over president is missing

Published 19/03/2016

Chinese police are required to inform the family of a detained person after 24 hours, unless it is a matter of national security
Chinese police are required to inform the family of a detained person after 24 hours, unless it is a matter of national security

The lawyer for a missing Chinese journalist said his family has no way of finding him after police and airline officials rejected inquiries over his whereabouts.

Jia Jia, who has been linked by media reports to an anonymous online petition calling for the resignation of Chinese president Xi Jinping, disappeared on Tuesday from Beijing airport on his way to Hong Kong.

His lawyer, Yan Xin, said authorities at the airport, local police, immigration services and the airline have all denied any knowledge of the case.

Mr Yan said his client had told friends he had nothing to do with the petition.

Chinese police are required by law to notify the family of a detained person within 24 hours, unless the case endangers state security.

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