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RSF Condemns China on Media Coverage Restrictions of the High-speed Train Crash in Wenzhou

Posted by Author on August 4, 2011


Reporters Without Borders condemns the severe restrictions that the Propaganda Department has imposed on media coverage of the high-speed train crash on 23 July in the southeastern city of Wenzhou, in which 39 people were killed.

Wang Qinglei, a producer with state-owned China Central Television (中國中央電視台), was fired on 27 July because of his investigative coverage of the crash. The previous day, his News 1+1 programme was suspended without advance warning and without explanation after it criticized a transport ministry spokesman. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese journalists suspended for reporting train disaster

Posted by Author on August 4, 2011


(Independent)– Two leading journalists have been suspended in China after their candid coverage of a train crash amid anger at the government for trying to muzzle critics of the country’s vaunted high-speed rail project.

One of the journalists was reportedly suspended for his reports on the crash on 23 July, when a high-speed train ploughed into the back of a stationary one, killing at least 40 and injuring more than 190. He had questioned whether China was putting too much emphasis on technological advance at the expense of safety.

The government has faced a wave of criticism over what caused the crash, and the delay by the country’s leaders in visiting the scene of the crash at the eastern city of Wenzhou. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese TV producer Wang Qinglei suspended for crash reportage

Posted by Author on August 2, 2011


New York, August 2, 2011 (CPJ)–The suspension of a state television producer for his coverage of last week’s fatal train crash sends a disturbing message to Chinese media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Information authorities intensified media restrictions at the end of last week in an effort to restrain the unusually probing media treatment of the July 23 disaster. But their initial propaganda directives were widely ignored and the railway ministry’s response to the crash launched a flood of online criticism.

Chinese journalists reported that China Central Television’s “24 Hours” news producer  was suspended for his July 26 coverage of the crash. The show questioned the cause of the collision, featured footage of the victims in hospitals, and asked whether the country was putting progress before the welfare of the people. It is not clear whether the journalist’s suspension amounted to a permanent dismissal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Premier’s ‘Sick’ Claim at Train Crash Press Conference Questioned

Posted by Author on July 30, 2011


On the sixth day following the Wenzhou train crash, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended a press conference near the crash site. After it concluded, careful citizens were able to find several glaring inconsistencies in the official reports.

In the past few years, Chinese media has described Wen as the first of China’s high-ranking leaders to arrive in person at the site of any tragedy or accident in its attempt to promote an image of Wen as a leader who loves the people.

Concerning his delayed visit this time, Wen explained at the conference: “I have been sick recently and confined to my bed for 11 days. Not until today was I released from the hospital. This is why I could not show up at the crash site until the sixth day. I am willing to answer any of your questions.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Hong Kong Journalists’ Association Says Bad year of 2011: “The one-country element is increasingly overriding two systems”

Posted by Author on July 4, 2011


Freedom of expression in Hong Kong, once home to a freewheeling and independent media, has deteriorated in the past year, a journalists’ group has said.

The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association said the year ending June 2011 had been a bad one for press freedom in the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under an agreement aimed at protecting existing freedoms.

“The one-country element is increasingly overriding two systems in the way that Hong Kong is governed,” the HKJA said in a statement, referring to the “One Country, Two Systems” concept which underpinned the change of sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taiwan satellite carrier agrees to renew independent TV station’s contract

Posted by Author on July 1, 2011


Without fuss or ceremony representatives of New Tang Dynasty Asia Pacific and Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) inked a new contract on June 27, assuring that NTD AP will continue broadcasting via satellite to Asia, including mainland China. Backers of the station say the new deal closes one chapter on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ongoing attempts to cut off NTD AP’s influence on the Chinese people.

The contract signing ended a controversy that began in early April when CHT abruptly informed NTD AP it would not renew the station’s contract to broadcast on CHT’s satellite—a refusal that NTD AP characterized as illegal under Taiwan telecommunications law. NTD, the global network to which NTD AP belongs, is a media partner of The Epoch Times. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Asia, China, Communication, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Media, News, NTDTV, Satellite, Taiwan, Technology, TV / film, World | Comments Off on Taiwan satellite carrier agrees to renew independent TV station’s contract

NTD AP and Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom Renew Satellite Broadcast Contract

Posted by Author on June 29, 2011


[Ruey-lan Chang, CEO of NTD Asia Pacific]:
“On behalf of all of NTD AP’s staff, I’d like to thank Taiwan’s main and opposition parties, and the support from various channels, in helping NTD AP secure service with the ST-2 Satellite, which has state protection.”

On Tuesday, CEO of NTD Asia Pacific Ruey-lan Chang announced the renewal of its contract with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom. It was signed on Monday evening. It ensures that our partner station will continue to broadcast NTD’s programming to the region, and to parts of mainland China. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hong Kong Phoenix TV’s Famous Talker Dou Wentao ‘Disappeared’ Suddenly

Posted by Author on June 18, 2011


Dou Wentao, a program host in the Phoenix TV, recently admitted that Phoenix TV is part of the system of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

He ‘disappeared’ after making the foregoing remarks. Phoenix denied it on its own TV for 4 consecutive days, emphasizing that it is only a listed Hong Kong company. The saying was criticized as biting the bullet. What system does Phoenix TV belong to then?

In Dou Wentao’s program, when chatting with guests Xu Zidong and Liang Wendao on the counterfeit issues in China, Dou suddenly said that Phoenix TV belongs to the CCP’s system. Xu then tried to help him by asking a question, but Dou did not seem to understand but continued to affirm his comments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Legislators Seek to Protect Independent TV Broadcasts to China

Posted by Author on May 18, 2011


WASHINGTON—Lawmakers in the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan believe the Chinese Communist regime is responsible for a move that would potentially bar New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television from broadcasting to mainland China. They are asking the government of Taiwan to act to protect press freedom.

In a letter to Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wrote, “The democratic government of Taiwan should be encouraging the spread of ideas favoring freedom and traditional values across the strait.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Asia, China, Freedom of Information, Human Rights, Media, News, NTDTV, People, Politics, Press freedom, Speech, Taiwan, World | Comments Off on Legislators Seek to Protect Independent TV Broadcasts to China

China Has ‘Highly Repressive’ Press, says by Freedom House

Posted by Author on May 2, 2011


The level of press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen, with conditions in China “highly repressive” and with extensive state and Communist party controls also evident in Laos and Vietnam, U.S. human rights group Freedom House said in an annual survey Monday.

The region is also home to two of the survey’s poorest performers, Burma and North Korea, it said, citing a  modest decline in the average score for the Asia-Pacific in the group’s latest annual media freedom index assessing the degree of print, broadcast, and Internet freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Not Politicize a Church that is Focused Only on Matters of Faith- Beijing Shouwang house churches’s Response to Global Times’ Commentary

Posted by Author on April 28, 2011


Translated by China Aid Association-

Do Not Politicize a Church that is Focused Only on Matters of Faith

The Global Times newspaper (hereafter, the Times) on April 26 ran a commentary with the headline “Some Churches Should Avoid Becoming Politicized” (hereafter, the text), in which it comments on the recent events in Beijing related to Shouwang Church’s outdoor worship, and just as the title says, it was a well-intentioned reminder to Shouwang. This is the only formal Chinese reporting we have seen in the domestic media of Shouwang Church’s outdoor worship. Therefore, it is necessary that we, as the party involved, provide some clarifications and explanations regarding some of the issues raised in this commentary, so that readers can have a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of this incident. Read the rest of this entry »

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Al Jazeera: Arabs’ 100,000 Questions for Chinese Media

Posted by Author on April 23, 2011


Ezzat Shahrour, Chief correspondent of Al-Jazeera’s Arabic in Beijing, speaks about the Chinese media in his recent Chinese blog post “The Arab People Have 100,000 Questios for Chinese Media,” which triggered heated discussion on China’s state-run media and itscredibility.

Shahrour strongly criticizes in his post the lopsided coverage of the Chinese media on the uprisings in the Arabic world, calling it “intentional misreading of the popular will.”

Shahrour writes: “The current revolution in the Arab world is an omni-directional and multi-level reform. It is newsworthy in itself. In this widespread and deep-reaching movement, the Arab people have justice on their side, but are misread by the Chinese media.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Media Campaign Against Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on April 21, 2011


Chinese media smear campaign against acclaimed dissident artist Ai Weiwei reflects the regime’s fear and need for stability maintenance according to a political Chinese commentator.

Artist Ai Weiwei was taken away by police at the Beijing Airport on April 3. Since then, several of his colleagues have also gone missing and their whereabouts remain unknown.

Lately, the Chinese regime’s army of undercover “Fifty Cent Party” Internet commentators and regime-controlled mass media have been spreading propaganda to smear Ai, saying he is suspected of economic crimes and tax evasion, among other things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Al-Jazeera journalist pans China’s Libya coverage

Posted by Author on April 20, 2011


By Madeline Earp/CPJ Senior Research Associate-

In reporting on the Libyan conflict, China’s media “emphasize only the humanitarian disasters caused by Western air bombardments, and [report] sparingly if at all on the violent suppression and massacre of the people by Qaddafi,” Al-Jazeera’s Beijing bureau chief, Ezzat Shahrour, writes on his blog. Chinese readers so far have been largely supportive of his viewpoint.

China censored the word “Egypt” back in January, then launched a vigorous campaign to suppress domestic critics for fear of homegrown revolution. So perceptions that state media are siding with Muammar Qaddafi’s authoritarian leadership are no surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

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How China Gags its Media

Posted by Author on April 15, 2011


China has notched up controls over state-controlled media in the wake of recent online calls for a “Jasmine” revolution, but some major news organizations are pushing back against a growing wave of directives from the top, journalists said.

Independent journalist and blogger Zan Aizong said China’s state-owned media has been increasingly responsive to the desire of the public for accurate information, with editors scrambling at times to make sure reports come out before officials have a chance to ban them.

“Some of the more daring media are reporting major stories with such speed that they get in there before the order forbidding coverage has had time to land,” Zan said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Libyans Expose China’s Media Lies

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


The Chinese government has denounced the Western-led military action against the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, with it』s state-run media plying the line that Libyan citizens are opposing Western intervention.

However, Libyan protestors later flashed a banner in Chinese that read: “Muammar Gaddafi is a liar.”

After the Western air strike in Libya, China』s attitude changed from 『acceptance』 to 『in favor of Gaddafi』, and accused the West of interfering with other countries』 internal affairs, causing civilian deaths. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreign Journalists Physically Assaulted by Beijing Police and Rebuked by Chinese Foreign Ministry

Posted by Author on March 12, 2011


Rather than reporting news, foreign reporters in China have recently become the news. After being physically assaulted and harassed by Chinese police for standing in the streets, they were later subjected to an hour and a half of scolding by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson at a news conference.

The actions taken against foreign reporters have made it clear that this is a “highly sensitive” time for the CCP. The formerly “relaxed” rules for foreign journalists in China seem to no longer apply, and neither does the regime veil its disdain of the world’s free press. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Beijing, China, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Incident, Journalist, Law, Media, News, People, Politics, World | 1 Comment »

Chinese Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Warns Reporters: “Don’t Use the Law as a Shield”

Posted by Author on March 4, 2011


In response to a question about what law the foreign journalists who were roughed up by police on February 27 violated, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang Yu (姜瑜) said on March 3, 2011: “Don’t use the law as a shield.” Jiang made the statement at a regular press conference during which foreign journalists tried to obtain clarity about laws and regulations that govern them.

Jiang went on to say: “The real problem is that there are people who want to see the world in chaos, and they want to make trouble in China. For people with these kinds of motives, I think no law can protect them.” Read the rest of this entry »

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HRW: China Should Immediately Investigate Police Assaults Against Foreign Journalists

Posted by Author on March 2, 2011


The Chinese government should immediately investigate a recent incident in which more than a dozen members of the foreign media were assaulted or intimidated by uniformed Chinese police and plainclothes thugs in downtown Beijing, Human Rights Watch said today. Failure to thoroughly investigate such incidents fosters a culture of official impunity for attacks against the press in China.

“It’s unacceptable that the police attack foreign media seeking to cover a public event,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “The Chinese government should show it isn’t turning back the clock on media freedom by investigating this incident and holding the perpetrators accountable.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China Police violence against foreign journalists to cover the street protest in Beijing

Posted by Author on February 28, 2011


Police officers roughed up foreign journalists trying to cover a protest yesterday on Beijing’s Wangfujing Street, including a Bloomberg News reporter who was badly beaten by plainclothes security men and had to be hospitalized with a head injury. Cameras were seized in order to delete photos and video. A dozen journalists were held for several hours in a police station. Media and websites including TV5, CNN and Linkedin were censored.

Inspired by the “Jasmine Revolution” pro-democracy demonstrations in Tunisia and elsewhere, the Beijing demonstration had been announced in advance on the Internet but hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes police officers, accompanied by police dogs, were deployed in major show of force to prevent it from taking place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Congressional Battle Brewing Over VOA Mandarin Service (to China) Cuts

Posted by Author on February 17, 2011


A fight may be brewing in the U.S. Congress over plans announced this week to end the Voice of America’s shortwave broadcasting to China.

Prominent conservatives have spoken out against the plan, which would see VOA move all its Mandarin-language services to the Internet. In addition, a Democratic member of Congress told VOA Wednesday he will urge the speaker of the House of Representatives to block the plan.

The proposal was part of the U.S. government international broadcaster’s proposed budget for the coming year, which also includes plans to shut down VOA’s Cantonese and Croatian-language services. Read the rest of this entry »

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VOA radio broadcasts to China signing off, while China boosts propaganda

Posted by Author on February 17, 2011


By Bill Gertz, The Washington Times-

The Obama administration will cancel shortwave radio broadcasts by Voice of America into China this year, as Beijing is expanding its propaganda operations in the United States and around the world.

Critics of the broadcasting cuts, announced Monday, said major reductions in staff and shortwave broadcasts will sharply curtail an important outlet for unfiltered news and information for large numbers of people in China, especially areas such as Tibet and western Xinjiang province, where pro-democracy forces are opposing Chinese rule. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreign reporters roughed up near China activist Chen Guangcheng’s home

Posted by Author on February 16, 2011


By Pascale Trouillaud (AFP)-

BEIJING — Foreign reporters were roughed up this week as they tried to reach blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who is under house arrest in eastern China, journalists said Wednesday.

Chen, a self-taught lawyer who gained world attention by exposing abuses in China’s “one-child” population control policy, has been under harsh restrictions since completing a more than four-year jail sentence in September.

“We were roughly pushed away from Chen’s home” by about a dozen men, said Brice Pedroletti, a journalist with French newspaper Le Monde. Read the rest of this entry »

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