On Tuesday, Chinese authorities made the long-anticipated announcement of an investigation into...
Jan 10, 2013
After a weeklong stand-off with local propaganda officials, which included street protests, a staff strike, and weibo battles, Southern Weekly published its weekly edition Thursday as scheduled. But the publication did not come...
Nov 14, 2012
In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on Canyu.org (Participate) and date from 2005...
Jul 18, 2012
Senior staff at two major newspapers have been transferred or suspended this week, prompting widespread but unconfirmed speculation about political motivations. From Louise Ho at the South China Morning Post: Lu Yan, publisher...
Jul 22, 2009
Journalist Li Datong writes for China Dialogue about the emerging online civil society movement that scored an important victory with its opposition to the Green Dam filtering software: Opposition took a range of forms. Some...
May 23, 2009
“A powerful internet – and public demand for honest reporting – is driving the state media to ever-greater levels of openness.” From the Guardian: On the night of 9 February, China Central Television’s new...
Sep 22, 2008
“Milk scare stems from problematic ‘normal’ China, while the ‘abnormal’ China is a show-time success,” Bill Schiller writes in theStar.com: Christopher Hughes, a professor of international...
May 20, 2008
Written by Li Datong, former editor of Bingdian (Freezing Point), from openDemocracy: The Chinese government planned the year of the Olympic games in Beijing on 8-24 August 2008 as a demonstration of the country’s pride...
Feb 12, 2008
From the East-West Center of Honolulu: With the Beijing Olympics fast approaching, the world’s attention will soon focus on the rapidly changing but still sensitive news media landscape in China. At a media conference last week...
Sep 7, 2007
From openDemocracy: One day towards the end of August, I received a surprise call from the German embassy in Beijing telling me that Chancellor Angela Merkel would be visiting China, and that one item on her agenda would be a...
Aug 24, 2007
From openDemocracy: … China certainly has the ability to host the Olympics. The country is more powerful than for many years, and already has the experience of hosting large sporting events. The Olympics will not be a financial burden on China as they were for a small country like Greece in 2004. Moreover, the public […]
Jun 2, 2007
From Chasing the Dragon Blog It’s often said that Beijing has tightened its grip on the media since Hu Jintao succeeded Jiang Zemin as leader of China’s communist party. So foreign journalists at a media awards dinner in Hong Kong last week were taken aback by the remarkably upbeat assessment of Chinese press freedom offered […]
Apr 23, 2007
On OpenDemocracy.net, Li Datong writes that there will be no real “public opinion” about China-Japan relations until there is press freedom: 2007 is a sensitive year in Sino-Japan relations – the seventieth anniversary of the outbreak of the second Sino-Japanese war (or the “war of resistance against Japan”). Long before Chinese premier Wen Jiabao made […]
Jul 29, 2006
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 […]
May 4, 2006
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 […]
Mar 10, 2006
From Los Angeles Times (link): LAST FALL, a magazine editor in Beijing named Li Datong decided to feature a historical article about Taiwan in his weekly, Freezing Point. It was a straightforward account of Taiwan’s harsh political repression in the 1950s and how democratically elected legislators are coping with that history. In China, where Taiwan […]
Feb 28, 2006
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 […]
Feb 23, 2006
As part of an article called “China’s media censorship rattling world image” (link), the the Christian Science Monitor has interviewed former Freezing Point editor Li Datong. Li says: I’m not saying we don’t want stability. We do. But our understanding of stability is very different from communist officials. We want a calm river of society […]
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