Ex-editor sees hope for press freedom – Vivian Wu

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media (link):

It has been less than three months since Li Datong’s turbulent departure from the helm of the gutsy Bingdian Weekly, but the 54-year-old pinup for press freedom on the mainland can already laugh about his abrupt removal.

And he is optimistic that the time will come when an independent mainland media will be able to pursue stories based on news value rather than an official line…

Mr Li said he and his colleagues “have been trying to reveal the real lives of Chinese people, to be close to their happiness and sorrows, and, by all means, to push forward change of the social system”.

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