Chinese media debate information disclosure as reporter sues Shanghai City Planning Bureau – China Media Project

From China Media Project:

After news late last week that a reporter had brought an information non-disclosure lawsuit against a government office in China’s financial center of Shanghai, media across China started asking whether this might push China toward a more open society. The reporter was using “Shanghai Municipal Government Ordinance on Openness of Information”, a local ordinance on government information disclosure passed back in 2004. Southern Metropolis Daily, one of the country’s top newspapers, called the pending lawsuit “historic”. “We salute this reporter’s courage, and even more we hope people pay attention to this new topic of discussion”, the paper said.[full text]

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