Chinese Journalist Deported from Sweden Over Security Concerns

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.26 - 2024 10:31 AM CET

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A Chinese journalist, who has been deemed a security threat has been deported to China.

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A Chinese journalist, who has been deemed a security threat by the Swedish Security Service (Säpo), has been deported to China.

The woman, who had lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and has family and children in the country, was accused of engaging in activities that threatened national security for over a decade.

Deported for life

According to Aftonbladet she had been detained since October. SVT's "Uppdrag granskning" and Göteborgs-Posten investigated the case and accessed official documents revealing that the deportation has now been executed.

Earlier this year, SVT and Göteborgs-Posten reported that the journalist would be deported for life according to a government decision, a process that has now been completed.

The journalist was reported to have had close contacts with the Chinese embassy and individuals in Sweden connected to the Chinese regime for many years.

Monitored for more than a decade

The decision to deport her was based on concerns raised by the Swedish Security Service (Säpo), which had been monitoring her activities for over a decade.

Earlier this year, a government ruling had decreed her lifetime expulsion from Sweden, a decision that has now been executed.

The Chinese embassy had previously criticized Sweden's actions, denouncing them as smear tactics and unwarranted attacks.

The case has also sparked diplomatic tensions between Sweden and China, with the Chinese embassy vehemently denying the accusations and characterizing the deportation as unjust and politically motivated.

Despite these assertions, Swedish authorities have defended their decision, citing substantial evidence gathered during their investigation.