Controls spell bad news for the media – Josephine Ma

From South China Morning Post, viaAsiaMedia:

Mainland journalists are experiencing their worst censorship in recent years, with outspoken media outlets being crushed one by one.

Journalists and academics said the momentum to mute forthright journalists and media outlets reached a peak on Tuesday with the closure of the popular four-page China Youth Daily weekly feature section, Bingdian.

A mainland journalism researcher said: “This is the worst it has been in recent years and we have no idea what will be next.”

Just weeks ago, the popular Beijing News also fell victim to the clampdown with the sacking of chief editor Yang Bin, a move that sparked a rare collective walkout by the newspaper’s reporters.

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