Beijing Piles Pressure on Liberal Media

The Age covers the reported removal of veteran Southern Daily Group editor Jiang Yiping:

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.

Danwei has translated some reactions to her removal from Chinese bloggers. Some believe this action is just the first move in a coming crackdown on the liberal media. See also a report from Boxun.