Cheng Lei


Cheng Lei: Australian journalist on trial in China for spy charge

A Beijing court is holding a closed-door trial for Australian journalist and former TV anchor Cheng Lei, in a high-profile diplomatic case. Ms Cheng is accused of illegally supplying state secrets overseas. Her family maintains she is innocent. The Chinese-born Australian was working for Chinese state media outlet CGTN prior...

Australian journalist's Beijing trial ends with verdict deferred

BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) - China's closed-door trial of Australian journalist Cheng Lei, accused of providing state secrets to a foreign country,ended on Thursday with the court deferring its verdict, Australia's foreign minister said. It was not clear when a verdict would be handed down. China's courts have a conviction...

Cheng Lei: Chinese-born Australian journalist put on closed-door trial for spying

A Beijing court has carried out a closed-door trial of an Australian journalist and former TV anchor under heavy security, raising eyebrows over its validity.Cheng Lie, a Chinese-born journalist who lived in Australia, was first detained in 2020 and then later formally arrested in 2021 on allegations of spying and providing state secrets to a foreign country.Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne said Thursday morning’s hearing concluded with the court deferring its verdict to a yet-to-be scheduled date.Australia, which is in a diplomatic row with China, said its embassy officials were not allowed to enter the No 2 People’s Intermediate Court,...

Australian journalist Cheng Lei faces trial in Beijing court

BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) - Australian journalist Cheng Lei was due to face trial in a Beijing court on Thursday on state secrets charges after more than 19 months in detention. Cheng, who was a television anchor for Chinese state broadcaster CGTN before being detained in August 2020, was formally...