AUDIO: Chinese Police Break Into Home of Human Rights Critic, Remove Him From Premises During Live Interview

A Chinese professor was forced to end an interview with Voice of America’s Mandarin program Issues & Opinions after police broke into his home, Voice of America reports. Retired Shandong University professor Wenguang Sun, who, according to VOA spokeswoman Bridget Serchak, “regularly speaks publicly about Chinese human rights and domestic and foreign policy issues in China,” can be heard on audio from Voice of America telling police that he is entitled to express himself. “I am entitled to express my opinion. This is my freedom of speech,” Sun can be heard saying before police cut him off. VOA Mandarin has attempted to reach him by cellphone and WeChat, a popular Chinese social media platform, since he was removed from his home Wednesday night. Paradoxically, sources in Shandong told he was under house arrest. “While details about this incident are still not confirmed, VOA is monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update to program viewers once more information becomes available,” Serchak said in a statement. “As stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,” she added. Watch above, via Voice of America. [featured image via screengrab]

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