Prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia was on his way to Hong Kong when he inexplicably went missing from the Beijing airport.
However, his disappearance might not be as “mysterious” as some news outlets are reporting considering the journalist had recently published an open letter on the news website Wujie News (Watching News) calling for the resignation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Jia was scheduled to give a lecture on Thursday at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but a friend who was supposed to receive him at Hong Kong International Airport told the tabloid Apple Daily that he never arrived.
Concerns whether Jia was arrested by Chinese authorities are not unfounded since the communist government has launched a crackdown on journalists and publishers critical of Xi’s rule.
After all, Jia’s letter — now deleted — made serious accusations against the Chinese president.
“Comrade Xi Jinping, we have no choice but to point out that, precisely due to your gathering of all power into your own hands and making decisions directly, we are now facing unprecedented problems and crises in all political, economic, ideological and cultural spheres,” the letter said, according to a translation by China Digital Times, a website run by the University of California, Berkeley.
Jia’s disappearance comes just a few months after five publishers, who were distributing books critical of mainland China, went missing in a similar manner.
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China is already notorious for jailing more journalists than any other country. However, these “mysterious” disappearances prove the situation is getting worse by the day.