The Washington Post reports on a play that recently premiered in Hong Kong inspired by the brutal...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 14, 2009
Ching Cheong, Hong Kong-based correspondent for Straits Times, is retiring to write a book about his career, including the three years he spent in Chinese prison. From Asia Sentinel: Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong journalist who...
by Wu Nan | Feb 21, 2008
Ching Cheong, the recent released journalist talked on his innocence and health. From Shanghaiist: Ching Cheong, the chief China correspondent of the Singapore-based Straits Times that was jailed in China for supposed espionage...
by Sophie Beach | Feb 4, 2008
Reuters and RTHK are reporting that Straits Times reporter Ching Cheong has been freed from prison: China has freed Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong reporter for Singapore’s Straits Times sentenced to five years for spying for...
by Liu Yong | Sep 1, 2007
From The Straits Times, via AsiaMedia: Prison officers have promised to allow jailed Straits Times journalist Ching Cheong to have regular intestinal check-ups to prevent a medical condition from worsening, his wife has said. “He has lost about 15-20kg since he was detained in 2005 and has developed a polyp in his large intestines. The […]
by Michael Zhao | Nov 24, 2006
From the New York Times (photo from washingtonpost.com): A Beijing appeals court today upheld a spying conviction against a prominent Hong Kong journalist in a case that has brought criticism against China from human rights and media advocacy groups. The journalist, Ching Cheong, faces a five-year prison sentence. He was arrested in April 2005 during […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 19, 2006
On Newsweek.com, Melinda Liu summarizes the recent government crackdown on free expression in China: For a while many foreign correspondents thought authorities were “killing the chicken to scare the monkey.” That’s a Chinese proverb meaning one target is attacked in order to intimidate another. When we saw our Chinese contacts harassed, detained, physically assaulted and […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 6, 2006
From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: The mainland’s definition of a “state secret” is so wide and vague that it could be applied to almost anything. Any information that has not been published in the state-controlled press is considered secret. Ching’s trial was closed to prevent the release of any “state secrets”. […]
by Michael Zhao | Sep 2, 2006
From BBC News: The wife of a Hong Kong journalist jailed in mainland China for spying says her husband is to appeal. Ching Cheong, the chief China correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison. Mary Lau said her husband had sent her a message calling his conviction unfair […]
Analysis: China’s jailing of reporter reflects government effort to tighten media control – Joe McDonald
by Sophie Beach | Aug 31, 2006
From the AP, via the International Herald Tribune: China’s sentencing of a Hong Kong reporter to five years in prison on a charge of spying this week reflects a mounting conflict for the communist government: how to tighten control over information in an increasingly open, Internet-savvy society. Dozens of journalists and Internet essayists have been […]
by Liu Yong | Aug 30, 2006
From New York Times: A Hong Kong journalist has been sentenced to five years in prison after a Beijing court convicted him on charges of spying for Taiwan, state media reported Thursday morning. The journalist, Ching Cheong, 56, was tried in a closed courtroom earlier this month after being held for 18 months. International human […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 28, 2006
From Asia Times: With the Chinese government promising foreign journalists unprecedented freedom in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games, the trials of Zhao Yan and Ching Cheong serve as a reminder of the reality on the ground. Zhao, a researcher for The New York Times, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 17, 2006
From Straits Times, via Asia Media: After nearly 16 months in detention, Straits Times journalist Ching Cheong was put on trial by the Chinese authorities yesterday on charges of spying for Taiwan. The closed-door trial, held at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, was wrapped up by the end of the day. But no […]
by Xiao Qiang | Aug 15, 2006
From BBC News: The trial of a Hong Kong journalist accused of spying for Taiwan has begun in China, according to media reports. Ching Cheong, 56, the chief China correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times, has been detained in China since April 2005. China has accused him of buying information and passing it to Taiwan’s intelligence […]
by Mo Ming | May 5, 2006
From Reuters via the Washington Post (link): A manuscript of ousted Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang‘s thoughts has stirred controversy even before full publication, with its author saying a Hong Kong paper took from it without his approval. The manuscript records the late Zhao’s memories before 1989, when anti-government demonstrations convulsed China till a […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 9, 2005
From The South China Morning Post, via AsiaMedia: Supporters of Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong yesterday called for his release after a deadline expired for his case to be passed onto a procuratorate at the weekend. The plea came as Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in London his administration had done what it considered […]
CDT in the News
- The Philadelphia Inquirer – China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers
- Mind Matters – For Five Days There Was Free Expression in China
- Hoover Institution – Xiao Qiang On China’s Model Of Digital Authoritarianism
- New York Times – In China, an App Offered Space for Debate. Then the Censors Came.
- Taiwan CNA – China blocks Clubhouse, official media say “anti-China has nothing to do with free speech”