China / Asia

  

Knight Errant of Hong Kong’s Press Web Site Chronicles Transition

When Australian journalist Alan Knight started thinking about the impending changes in Hong Kong, he saw a job to be done documenting the attitudes of local and foreign journalists in the soon-to-be former colony. Knight moved to Hong Kong in early 1997 and began producing Dateline: Hong Kong, a Web site devoted to press and…

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Press Freedom Under the Dragon Can Hong Kong’s Media Still Breathe Fire?

| CPJ Home | Report a Journalist in Trouble |      Freedom Under the Dragon 

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Attacks on the Press in China and Hong Kong: 1996 and 1997

CHINA Chen Fang BOOK BANNING Aug. 21, 1997 The Communist Party’s propaganda department, the Culture Ministry, and the Press and Publications Administration banned Chen Fang’s 1997 book, Wrath of Heaven: A Mayor’s Severe Crime, for posing a threat to Chinese leadership with its coverage of government corruption. Though a novel, the book describes the infamous…

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China’s Journalists: Breaking Free

It was at the end of my year teaching journalism as a Fulbright lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai, and one of my best students was talking about his future. “I don’t want to go into journalism,” he said. “It’s too depressing. You can’t be a real journalist.” I had been in China for almost…

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Enemies of the Press 1997

The 10 Worst Offenders of 1997

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The Tail of the Dragon

Two intrepid Chinese women–one a naturalized American who works as a reporter in New York, the other a former Beijing business writer now serving a six-year sentence in a Chinese jail–have helped define what is at stake for East Asia and the world when the Hong Kong press comes under the formal sway of the…

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Spring 1997 Index

Internet Edition No. 53

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Press freedom news briefs from Around the world

Call for crackdown on China’s press In its effort to revive traditional socialist values, the Chinese Communist Party at its annual plenum in October resolved to tighten its grip on ideology and exert greater social control–a move that offers little hope for the relaxing of press restrictions in China.

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CPJ Names Ten Worst “Enemies of the Press” on World Press Freedom Day, May 3

NEW YORK –The leaders of China, Nigeria, and Turkey are among 10 world figures identified by the U.S. based Committee to Protect Journalists as “Enemies of the Press.” All are responsible for brutal campaigns against journalists and press freedom, as documented by CPJ in its ongoing monitoring of press freedom violations worldwide. The Enemies of…

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More journalists jailed than ever

CPJ’s 1995 report surveys 101 countries The bullet-ridden wall pictured on the cover is a detail from a photograph taken in Somalia by American photojournalist Dan Eldon of Reuters. Eldon, Associated Press photojournalist Hansi Krauss, and Reuter colleagues Hosea Maina and Anthony Macharia were murdered in July 1993 by a Somali crowd angered by the…

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