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Hah! Wen Jiabao Said We Could Run It…

It’s not a bad day for Chinese journalists, relatively speaking, when they can run their own personal horror stories about getting harassed. In the past day, the horror story they’ve been talking about is Liu Wanyong’s. Liu, an investigative reporter for the China Youth Daily’s watchdog supplement Freezing Point, got a quite a fright on […]

China Youth Daily Chief Sacked -Reports

Li Erliang, Editor-in-Chief of China Youth Daily, a newspaper owned by China Youth League, was sacked, Hong Kong newspaper Wen Hui Po reported. Li was replaced by Chen Xiaochuan, editor of Freezing Point, a weekly additional edition of the newspaper. Li’s removal wasn’t elaborated by China Youth Daily, and the reason behind this is also […]

There’s hope on the horizon – Li Datong

In the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media, former Freezing Point editor Li Datong writes: A remarkable incident has emboldened mainland Chinese journalists. The government suspended publication of the Bingdian Weekly newspaper supplement this year, provoking unprecedented open protest that received extensive media coverage worldwide. Even more surprisingly, the government, under the pressure of […]

Ex-editor sees hope for press freedom – Vivian Wu

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media (link): It has been less than three months since Li Datong’s turbulent departure from the helm of the gutsy Bingdian Weekly, but the 54-year-old pinup for press freedom on the mainland can already laugh about his abrupt removal. And he is optimistic that the time will […]

A Year of Some Significance РGeremie R. Barmé

The following essay by Geremie R. Barm√© originally appeared in the Review weekly supplement, The Australian Financial Review, 31st March 2006. Published without notes under the title “Historical Distortions”. Thanks to Mr. Barm√© for allowing CDT to reprint it here. A Year of Some Significance By Geremie R. Barm√© History matters. It matters in Australia […]

Professor hits back at critics on the Internet – Vivian Wu

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media (link): A Guangzhou professor attacked in print last month over his call for “an objective attitude to history” has hit back at critics in a 15,000-word article circulated on the internet. Yuan Weishi’s article was put online last night by Li Datong, the sacked editor of […]

From Binyan to Freezing Point – Qian Gang

ESWN has translated an article (link) by prominent Chinese journalist and former managing editor of Southern Weekend, Qian Gang, about the connections between Liu Binyan and the restructuring of Freezing Point: Number 2, Ocean Transport Warehouse, Dongzhimen South Little Street, Beijing, is the address of China Youth Daily. There is half a century between 1956 […]

Protest editor sent to ‘research room’ – Richard Spencer

From The Telegraph (link): Chinese journalists who cross their government are often fired and sometimes jailed. So its most famous banned editor is lucky: he is only being sent to the “new study research room”. Li Datong, who has just suffered this fate for a second time, infuriated the Communist Party’s propaganda department by taking […]

China’s censored media answers back – Tim Luard

From the BBC (link): The media scene in China has come a long way since the days when revolutionary slogans blared from loudspeakers in paddy-fields. But today’s Communist Party bosses are as determined as ever to maintain control over every word published or broadcast in the world’s most populous country. A media clampdown – the […]

The Click That Broke a Government’s Grip – Philip P. Pan

From The Washington Post: Although just a fraction of all Chinese go online — and most who do play games, download music or gossip with friends — widespread Internet use in the nation’s largest cities and among the educated is changing the way Chinese learn about the world and weakening the Communist Party’s monopoly on […]

China to reprint weekly – Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley (Updated)

(originally posted 2/16/06; updated 2/17/06 12:00 pm PST) From Reuters: The official China Youth Daily decided on Thursday to revive a provocative weekly section closed by censors last month, but shunted aside the two editors who made it a standard-bearer for combative journalism. Communist Party officials in charge of the newspaper, the mouthpiece of the […]

Beijing Censors Taken to Task in Party Circles – Joseph Kahn

From the New York Times: A dozen former Communist Party officials and senior scholars, including a onetime secretary to Mao, a party propaganda chief and the retired bosses of some of the country’s most powerful newspapers, have denounced the recent closing of a prominent news journal, helping to fuel a growing backlash against censorship. A […]

Party elders attack China censors – BBC

From the BBC: A group of former senior Communist party officials in China have launched a scathing attack on the country’s handling of the media and information. In an open letter, the group denounced the recent closure of investigative newspaper Bingdian (Freezing Point). They said strict censorship may “sow the seeds of disaster” for China’s […]

China swaps historical facts for fiction – Frank Ching

From The Japan Times Online: At a time when Beijing is upbraiding Tokyo for its depiction in history textbooks of the invasion and occupation of China in the 1930s and 1940s — and used it as a reason for excluding Japan from the United Nations Security Council — it has exposed its own politicization of […]

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