Reporters Without Borders
“We appeal to the international community to actively support Gao Yu and to press the Chinese authorities to allow her to receive medical treatment,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.
“The raid by 20 policemen on Gao’s home on 31 March was the exact opposite of the message we were hoping for. The government must end its policy of intimidation and keep the promises it has made with regard to this journalist.”
Gao’s lawyer, Shang Baojun, reported in February that, contrary to an earlier undertaking, the authorities were refusing to allow Gao to leave China and were refusing to give her the money she needs for medical care.
Gao suffers from lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes resulting from an infection, inflammation or possibly cancer. While in prison, she also had repeated cardiac problems, which date back to her first spell in prison in 1989.
China is ranked 176th out of 180 counties in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index.