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Activist Yang Hengjun ‘free’ and planning to head home [The Australian]

So, this has been labelled a misunderstanding. From the horse’s mouth – this is the Twitter post in action. For more go to his Twitter account here. His Twitter account still does not provide any useful clue behind his disappearance. Did the Aussie media stir up the human interest story with any legitimacy? Now I am not sure.

posted 31 March –


Translated –

I Yang Hengjun, due to personal reasons, lost contact with my family members and friends from the night of the 27th for close to 50 hours. It caused an uproar and I apologise. In this sensitive period, when i came across the well wishes of my friends from  the web, I was almost moved to tears. Thank you, I will be your Yang Henjun forever! A protest to the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu: Do you not know who Yang Hengjun is? That is not ignorance, it is a shame.

posted 2 April –

为了不辜负关心我的网友,只有更努力工作。但我可能要辜负全世界的媒体了,据确切消息,已经有多家外媒到香港与悉尼等我去“爆料”(到外面才说),我今天在广州接受了一家媒体的独家采访,同时请他传递口信:无料可爆,不想再接受更多采访:http://url.cn/0bXRPE (请翻译过来)

In order not to let down my friends from the web, I can only continue to work hard. However, I might have to let down the world’s media. According to accurate reports, foreign media have been arriving in Hong Kong and Sydney waiting for an explosive revealing of ‘everything’. I accepted an exclusive interview today in Guangzhou through which I passed on a message – I have nothing to reveal, and have no wish for further interviews: http://url.cn/0bXRPE – link points to interview with Australia’s Fairfax China correspondent – John Garnaut.

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Activist Yang Hengjun ‘free’ and planning to head home
Source – The Australian, published March 31, 2011

DEMOCRACY activist Yang Hengjun said today he is “free” and plans to head back to Australia in the next few days.

Dr Yang, an Australian writer and online commentator, disappeared in strange circumstances last weekend, sparking fears he was in police custody.

“I’m free now, I’m OK,” Dr Yang said in a brief telephone conversation during which he indicated he did not want to talk more, refusing to elaborate further.

In a second, longer conversation later in the day, he said he was still in Guangzhou but planned to leave China for Hong Kong on Saturday before returning to Australia.

“I will come back to China at the end of April,” he said.

But when asked what had happened over the past week, Yang sounded flustered and said “nothing”.

“It’s a misunderstanding, I’m sorry I caused this turmoil,” he said.

Dr Yang refused to comment when asked if he had been in police custody, saying only he was not currently being detained.

A spokesperson for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs told AFP that officials from the country’s consulate in Guangzhou had managed to speak to Dr Yang today.

“Dr Yang confirmed that he had no health, welfare, safety or security concerns. He advised he had not been detained by authorities in China,” the spokesperson said.


Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, Democracy, Human Rights, Internet, Media, Nationalism, People, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, The Australian, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Yang Hengjun

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