Chinese Muckraker Caixin Expands Its Mandate

As China’s official media attempts to expand overseas, independent news organisation Caixin is taking similar steps into the international market. From The Wall Street Journal:

Hu Shuli, a prominent Chinese editor who co-founded the independent news organization, said the company on Friday will start distributing English-language Caixin Weekly in Hong Kong through subscriptions and on newsstands. Caixin also is talking to Hong Kong publisher SCMP Group Ltd. about distributing the magazine with weekend editions of the South China Morning Post, although the companies said no deal has been finalized.

Caixin, which means finance news, also will start an English iPad app “in a few weeks” to target readers in the Americas and Europe, Ms. Hu said in an interview ….

Ms. Hu started Caixin Media in late 2009 after splitting with the publishers of her former magazine, Caijing. In more than a decade editing that publication, she gained a reputation as one of China’s most aggressive muckrakers and was credited for bringing Caijing to national and international prominence with articles about corruption and a government cover-up of the SARS pandemic in 2003.

Flagship Caixin Century has a circulation of 220,000, primarily in China. In its 17-month run so far, the Chinese-language magazine has run articles about the forced demolition of Chinese villages for government projects and about alleged abuses of monopoly power by state-owned Chinese companies. The Wall Street Journal Asia occasionally publishes articles from Caixin.

See also: Caixin’s English-language website and Caixin articles previously featured on CDT.