A Plucky Freelancer & A Fine New Mag

Li Yuanyuan (Êùé™õ™õ) is a young investigative reporter with Beijing Television, and she does some freelancing on the side. Since last week, a mentor and editor of hers reports, Li has been running scared. On the streets of the capital, brutish-looking men have tailed her car, and over the phone, they have threatened her life. Worried, her editor has kept in contact with a prominent Chinese civil rights lawyer in town, who also knows Li, about how to protect her. They’ve advised her to return to her home, in Shanxi province, to lie low for a while. So far, though, Li has resisted. “She acts very self-important sometimes,” sighs her editor. Exactly who Li’s pursuers are, she isn’t sure. But she’s quite certain they work for angry property managers. Recently, Li Yuanyuan co-authored a 40,000-character expose about their bullying kind, headlined, “An Investigation Into the Truth about Property Management Violence in Beijing” (link). The story emerged this month in China Review (Êñ∞ÈùíÂπ¥ÊùÉË°°), a new magazine of features and analysis on bread-and-butter socioeconomic issues. It remains curiously obscure. Launched at the start of the year, the high-brow monthly retails for 35 kuai and is not available on newstands. It circulates primarily via subscription and online, at www.quanheng.cn, which carries additional content. Click “About Us” on the Chinese-only site and currently, you go nowhere. But in contrast to its low-key rollout, China Review’s mission statement touts its ambitions to be “China’s version of The Economist”. Which explains the cover design (pictured above). Past covers have probed the hazardous state of China’s financial system, the state sector’s “grey income”, and government intervention in the 3G market. China Review’s masthead, as listed on its web page on Sohu.com, appears most impressive. The editorial board is a veritable who’s who of reformist economists and legal ...
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