Australian journalist Cheng Lei freed from three 'very difficult few years' of detention in China

Karen Barlow
Updated October 11 2023 - 9:01pm, first published 4:47pm

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that Australian journalist Cheng Lei has been freed from detention in China and is in Melbourne.

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Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on

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