Publish and be Damned

Three more articles about the crackdown on Southern Metropolis News: Publish and Be Damned, from today’s Guardian; China Tries Again to Curb Independent Press in South, from yesterday’s New York Times; and a translation of an article from the Chinese magazine Caijing.

Legal experts challenge corruption charges against journalists

Several high profile legal experts, lawyers, and journalists are mounting public criticism of the corruption charges used against journalists with the Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao). These critics argue that the corruption charges violate new constitutional guarantees protecting private property. Several of their appeals (in Chinese) are posted online by the Open Constitution Initiative. […]

Jailing of tabloid managers a slap in Hu’s face (SCMP)

According to today’s South China Morning Post: “A group of mainland legal and economic experts has called for a retrial of two managers of a popular Guangzhou tabloid who were jailed last month for corruption. They said the convictions by the Dongshan court were ‘a slap in the face’ for the central government’s pledge to […]

Arrest of Journalists Seen as Payback for A Bold Voice in China (Washington Post)

The Washington Post today reported on the crackdown at Southern Metropolis News. The article includes a quote from a speech by editor Cheng Yizhong, which he made before his arrest on March 19: “We are responsible for the news we report, no matter what the news is and no matter what the responsibilities are,” Cheng […]

A Dismal Chapter in China’s Media History

The Hong Kong-based, Chinese language Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly) magazine has published a lengthy article about the recent crackdown on Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao), in which two employees of the newspaper were sentenced to lengthy terms for alleged corruption and the top editor was arrested and is awaiting trial. Chinese journalists have called […]

Provincial Politics and the Death of Free Media in China (Asia Media; Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief)

By Arnold Zeitlin Posted: April 1, 2004 Click here for full article Article reports that on March 19, the former editor-in-chief of the cutting-edge newspaper, Southern Metropolitan Daily, was arrested on charges of embezzlement. Two senior managers were also recently sentenced to long-term imprisonment for bribery and embezzlement. The report indicates that the government is […]

Southern Metropolis News editors arrested

In a further update to the story below, Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao) editor Cheng Yizhong was arrested on March 19, and is being investigated on corruption charges. This appears to be another attempt to silence one of China’s most independent and outspoken newspapers. For more information on this case, see CPJ’s news alert […]



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