On November 17, security officers broke into the home of the journalist and killed him. Those who protest the assassination are visited by threatening police officers too.
by Zhu Yaozu
Relatives and friends who ask the Nanjing CCP authorities and police to release a comprehensive report about the death of dissident journalist Sun Lin continue to be intimidated and threatened.
On November 17, National Security officers from Nanjing Xuanwu Branch broke into Sun Lin’s home around noon. Neighbors heard the sound of fighting and broken furniture. After two hours, an ambulance took Sun Lin to the Jiangsu Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital, which registered a death report in the evening.
Born in 1955, according to his relatives Sun Lin was in excellent health and in fact had just undertaken a comprehensive medical checkup with satisfactory results. They do not believe he died of natural causes. He was killed by the police.
Sun Lin was a famous dissident in Nanjing. He went from being a journalist in government-controlled media to moving in the world of self-produced magazines and video channels, and dissident media published abroad. He was a tireless advocate for human rights and democracy.
He was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to four years in jail. Released in 2012, he was detained again in 2013 for having filmed the protests supporting Zhang Anni, then a 10-year-old girl who was prevented from attending school because her father Zhang Lin was a prominent dissident.
Released some time after the incident, Sun Lin was arrested again in 2016, having expressed the opinion that the Communist Party will never accept democracy, and sentenced to imprisonment for another four years.
Freed in 2020, he tried to keep a lower profile but did make it public that he had been beaten and drugged during his detention. On November 17, 2023, the CCP finally got rid of him once and for all.
Dissidents all over China continue to protest Sun Lin’s assassination. Those who post comments on social media, which are promptly deleted, are visited by the police who tell them that any further request or commentary about Sun Lin will send them to jail.