To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lin Zhaoge’s murder in 2018, the China Aid Association, a human rights organization in the United States, has established the Lin Zhaoge Freedom Award to honor Chinese citizens in China who have worked to advance civil society and the rule of law in contemporary China. Recently, the selection committee unanimously awarded the 2020 Lin Zhao Freedom Award to Ms. Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist.
“The Lin Zhaoge Freedom Award was established to honor Lin Zhaoge’s democratic ideals and moral courage, as well as her commitment to the principles of non-violence, and to provide moral and financial support to individuals who have paid the ultimate price for advancing civil society and the rule of law in contemporary China.
The press release from Dialogue Aid says that while the world was afraid of the virus, Zhang Zhan went against the grain and traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and even around the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research, to film what he saw at the time and show the world what it was really like in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of the outbreak, for which he was arrested and tried by the Chinese Communist authorities and sentenced to four years in prison. As a result, he was arrested and tried by the Chinese Communist authorities and sentenced to four years in prison.
In the process, Zhang demonstrated a dedication to the victims of the New Coronavirus that has touched the world, and a spirit of fearless sacrifice against the power of the Chinese Communist Party.
The China Aid Association’s 2020 Lin Zhao Freedom Award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. this fall.