More on the murder of journalist Lan Chengzhang, who was reportedly beaten to death while reporting at an illegal coal mine. From the Guardian:
Police said they were not treating Lan as a journalist because he had not worked long enough to be formerly accredited. Local officials speculated that he may have been simply posing as a reporter in order to blackmail mine owners.
Corruption is rife in the Chinese media. Lawyers, farmers and businessmen complain that many journalists
January 17, 2007