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Southern Weekly Conflict Resolved; Concerns Linger

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...

Uncertainty Surrounds Newspaper Staff Shuffles

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...

Li Datong: A Modern End to Media Suppression

“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...

A Crisis Rooted In Two Chinas

“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...

China’s Soft-Power Failure

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...

Will Olympics Transform China’s Media Landscape?

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...

Censuring China’s censors – Seth Faison

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
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