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China’s Hu Jintao, one of 39 predators of press freedom in 2008

Posted by Author on May 3, 2008

Reporters Without Borders, May. 2, 2008-

For the past seven years Reporters Without Borders has exposed the world’s “predators of press freedom” – men and women who directly attack journalists or order others to. Most are top-level politicians (including presidents, prime ministers and kings) but they also include militia chiefs, leaders of armed groups and drug-traffickers. They usually answer to no-one for their serious attacks on freedom of expression. Failure to punish them is one of the greatest threats to the media today.

There are 39 “predators of press freedom” this year……. (more)

As secretary-general of the ruling Communist Party as well as president, Hu (Jintao) aims to develop a “harmonious society” and combat “hostile elements.” The government’s propaganda department and the secret police, both controlled by hardliners, work to stop the media reporting freely on increasing unrest in the country and to stop dissidents expressing themselves freely online.

Former Communist Party Chief in Tibet in the 1980s, Hu ordered the security forces to crush Tibetan demonstrations, in March 2008, and to close the Himalayan province to the foreign press and tourists.

Since he became China’s leader in 2002, he has cracked down on human rights activists, cyber-dissidents and independent journalists. Although he allowed the release of journalists Ching Cheong and Yu Huafeng, the Chinese president has done nothing to prevent the arrests of scores of dissidents and bloggers, including Hu Jia, who called for greater freedom ahead of the Olympic Games……. (more)

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