Jonathan Ansfield

Jonathan Ansfield reports for Newsweek magazine from Beijing, where he has lived for over eight years. His freelance work has also appeared in The Asian Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper, and The News York Times. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a general news correspondent for Reuters. His main area of interest is the Chinese media and its political and market roles in democratic change.

More Than Revenge Of The Baozi? (Updated)

The SCMP (subscription only) and Danwei have revealed how Beijing propaganda-meisters are purging the city’s papers in reaction to Beijing Television’s cardboard-stuffed baozi story, which allegedly was cooked up. Editors in the capital have confirmed to CDT that the Beijing Daily Messenger(Âåó‰∫¨Â®±‰πê‰ø°Êä•), originally chartered as an entertainment tabloid, got orders this week to eliminate many […]

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Zheng Xiaoyu’s Final Hours -Caijing

What to make of the execution this month of Chinese food and drug czar Zheng Xiaoyu (ÈÉëÁ≠±Ëê∏)? Debate has raged, and it could be years before the full ramifications, however significant, come clear. Cynics have read Zheng’s death as the exorcistic end of a show trial for the world’s consumers. Others chalk it up to […]

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DJ After A Piece Of Hexun -Sources

Word around Beijing’s CBD is that The Wall Street Journal and its publisher Dow Jones are in talks with Hexun.com about a deal to take a ten to twenty percent stake in China’s best-reputed financial news and information portal. As of last week a deal did not appear far off, two sources with ties to […]

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The Party Congress Peg

Since the bad old days, it’s been de rigueur for Communist Party mandarins to commission prominent newspaper editorials to plant — or crush – the seeds of major reform. To some extent it still is. But as the media has sprawled and opened up it’s become easier for editors and academics to shoulder in on […]

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License To Edit

It’s becoming a rite of spring. Around 120 bosses of Beijing-based magazines withdrew to the hillside resort of Hongluo Temple last week, for five days of rest, relaxation, and, when they paid attention, re-indoctrination. All week, Marxist theoreticians and media ideologues lectured them on their editorial duty to the Communist Party. On Friday, they were […]

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