Caixin Suspends Legal Section Under Pressure from Censors

Under censorship pressure, Caixin’s flagship financial and business publication Century Weekly recently merged its legal-affairs-related reports into other sections of the magazine earlier this month. From South China Morning Post:

An insider from the magazine, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the legal section had been suspended due to “some pressure” that required the magazine to focus more on economic reports rather than legal affairs.

[…] The names of six reporters for the missing section were still printed in the latest issue, but two law-related reports – one about issues related to competition in the internet industry, and a small piece about a legal dispute between software company Qihoo 360 and internet giant Tencent – appeared in the economy section. A report about a lawsuit over chromium waste, brought by two environmental protection NGOs against a chemical firm in Yunnan , was put in the environment and technology section.

Liu Jing , a public relations officer for Caixin Media Group, told the South China Morning Post that the section had not been “cut” but that the magazine was simply making “normal adjustments” to the pages.

But some mainland journalists questioned whether the section’s absence may have been the result of a report on the deputy party secretary of Jilin province, Zhu Yanfeng. [Source]

See also Caixin’s English-language website and  past coverage of Caixin on CDT.