How To Get Rich As A Reporter In China – ESWN

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( [quick translation] On May 14, in Lishui City Liandu district, government officials were doing survey measurements on apartment land use by residents of Lihua Village. During that time, certain villagers who wanted the government to give more land to their residences interfered with the surveying work, and some even employed violence against the militia, causing many injuries. That evening, the public security bureau arrested three individuals for obstructing public business.

Afterwards, some citizens contacted the editor-in-chief named Wu of the Zhejiang Issue Department of the China New Youth Magazine. For a 5,000 RMB fee from the villagers to take care of travel and work expenses, Wu arrived in Lishui City with the title of "central government publication reporter" to interview the Liandu District propaganda and public security departments. Without even finding out about what was going on, Wu said that he was going to print the story about the incident.

The Liandu district party and government officials asked him to respect the facts and give an objective report.

But Wu used the occasion to make four demands:

(1) Wu claimed that he had printed 6,000 copies of the next issue at 15 RMB apiece; if the issue is to be suppressed, the government must pay him 90,000 RMB for this losses;

(2) the local government should pay Wu 10,000 RMB for work and travel expenses;

(3) release the three arrested villagers;

(4) Wu's mother had once been a resident committee cadre in Liandu and he asked the local Civil Affairs Bureau to revisit the issue of financial assistance to his mother.

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