Cheng Yizhong

Southern Weekly Editor Replaced to Calm Dispute

The uncertain resolution of a stand-off between Southern Weekly staff and Guangdong propaganda authorities continues to unfold. At the South China Morning Post, Li Jing and Mimi Lau report the ousting of Southern Weekly...

Ai Weiwei: “China Must Recognize Itself”

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei served as guest editor and appears on cover of the latest issue of British magazine New Statesman, in which he leads with a challenge for China to re-evaluate and recognize its position in the world as...

Cheng Yizhong: This is Your Paradise

The Siweiluozi blog translated a microblog post by journalist Cheng Yizhong, which has since been harmonized: China’s great, as long as you understand, adapt to, and make good use of the implicit rules here. And as long as you...

Chinese Media Must Push the Limits

Cheng Yizhong, founder and former chief editor of Southern Metropolis Daily and The Beijing News who was jailed for four months in 2004 for his coverage of the Sun Zhigang case, recently gave a public talk in Hong Kong. China...

Galacticos Of Newsmen Reunite At A Web site

In China’s widening portal wars, a dark horse to watch right now is Hexun ÔºàÂíåËÆØÔºâ. The site acquired a license to carry news at the end of last year, and since then has brought on-board four fallen soldiers who once figured in the rise (and demise) of Southern Metropolis Daily ÔºàÂçóÊñπÈÉΩÂ∏ÇÊä•Ôºâ and The Beijing News […]

Sports Illustrated Nods At The Nailhouse (Updated)

The story of China’s “toughest nail house” – flattened overnight – will be remembered for spawning its own little media counterculture. Perhaps the most recognized example is Zola the citizen blogger. Far less-noticed is the April cover of Sports Illustrated (‰ΩìËÇ≤ÁîªÊä•), which, according to an editor there, consciously invokes the saga of Chongqing’s long-entrenched evictees, […]

How I’m Learning To Love The Web -Chen Feng

I’ve asked a few of China’s more celebrated journalists why it is that they tend to neglect their celebrity blogs. The main reason, they say, is because the same Chinese portals who so wish to host their blogs often cannot publish their posts. In his own roundabout way, news editor Chen Feng ÈôàÂ≥∞ (pictured) […]

Biganzi: Cheng Yizhong’s Quiet Comeback

The forecast for the weekly newspaper and periodicals market in China is very upbeat, but I am very pessimistic about the current situation. This, as a matter of fact, is also my view of the Chinese media industry as a whole… Remember Cheng Yizhong (Á®ãÁõä‰∏≠)? The above-quoted statement appears to be the first to be […]

Cheng Yizhong to Write Commentary on Chinese Newspapers

Pioneering former Southern Metropolis News (ÂçóÊñπÈÉΩÂ∏ÇÊä•) editor Cheng Yizhong has been invited by to write daily commentary on China’s newspapers. Cheng spent five months in prison but was released last...

Rise of Rights?

Below is an article I wrote for Dangerous Assignments, the magazine of the Committee to Protect Journalists: ____________ The Rise of Rights? In Guangzhou case, weiquan advocates find success is tempered by harsh reality. Sun...

Cheng Yizhong’s Press Freedom Award Acceptance Speech

ESWN has translated Cheng Yizhong’s acceptance speech for the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Chinese government barred Cheng from traveling to Dakar, Senegal to accept the award: I want to thank...

China journalist ordered not to receive press freedom award

From AP: A Chinese editor whose newspaper broke stories about China’s SARS outbreak and a fatal police beating has been ordered not to attend a ceremony to accept a United Nations press freedom award, a news report said Monday. Cheng Yizhong, former editor-in-chief of the Southern Metropolis News in China’s southern province of Guangdong, was […]

CIC: Cheng Yizhong honored with press freedom award

From the China Information Center: Source in China said Cheng Yizhong, former editor-in-chief of the Southern Metropolis and Xin Jing Bao (Beijing News), received a phone call from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on April 5, telling him he had won the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Chen said […]

Crackdown on free expression intensifies

Three articles about freedom of expression (or the lack thereof) in China: The South China Morning Post reports that the government has intensified a crackdown on the liberal media in Guangdong by firing Xiao Weibin, the editor-in-chief of Tong Zhou Gong Jin magazine. According to the article, “In August, the magazine published an interview with […]

Outrage prompted editor’s release

A South China Morning Post article (via Asia Media) argues that public pressure and online activism, especially from prominent lawyers and intellectuals, led to the release of Southern Metropolis News editor Cheng Yizhong. The story quotes a Sun Yat-sen University professor: “Professor Yuan said intellectuals had taught mainland leaders a lesson about contemporary society, which […]

Straits Times on Cheng Yizhong’s release

According to a report in the Straits Times, a defense lawyer for Southern Metropolis News journalists, is now hopeful that the paper’s two journalists who remain in prison will soon be released following the weekend’s release of editor Cheng Yizhong: “‘We’ve seen a change of attitude by the local prosecutor. Local law executors can still […]



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