Beijing Piles Pressure on Liberal Media
The latest reshuffle, where Southern Media group deputy chief Jiang Yiping will be shifted to a minor agricultural newspaper, follows a long investigation by the Guangdong provincial propaganda department.
“This is common procedure when the Government is dissatisfied with certain media outlets: reshuffle the person in charge,” said a former Southern editor. “It’s the result of a work team (investigation) from the provincial Government.”
The editor in question, who is a victim of several previous purges, said there was no ulterior motive behind her removal. “The whole (Southern) media group is going through a new round of management reshuffling,” Ms Jiang said. “My appointment to a new position has nothing to do with the work team (investigation) from the provincial Government and is not like what outsiders say.