Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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China’s ‘BMW killer’ case upheld

In a follow-up to the “BMW case”, which spurred widespread online protests in China, a lenient sentence was upheld for a woman who killed a peasant with her car, the BBC reported today. The full report is here. We’ll see how Internet users in China react to this news.

March 29, 2004

Southern Metropolis News editors arrested

In a further update to the story below, Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao) editor Cheng Yizhong was arrested on March 19, and is being investigated on corruption charges. This appears to be another attempt to silence one of China’s most independent and outspoken newspapers. For more information on this case, see CPJ’s news alert issued today.

March 22, 2004