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February 26, 2006

Editor has last laugh on China censors

LI DATONG, the sacked editor of one of China's most influential investigative newspapers, laughed as he explained why the closure and pending reopening of the weekly Bingdian ( Freezing Point) added up to an incredible victory, despite his dismissal. While the fight was not over yet, he sensed a watershed. "This is a rare occurrence," he said. "It (the reopening of an axed newspaper) has never happened ? and this time individuals have paid less of a price than normal, and people recognise that... MORE
February 24, 2006

China's media censorship rattling world image

BEIJING – At 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, Li Datong's status went into a deep chill. Mr. Li, a Tiananmen protest veteran and a rare crusading editor still allowed to work, learned that "Freezing Point," his weekly magazine, had been closed. The proximate reason: a lengthy article smashing official history of the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, when a peasant cult killed more than 230 foreigners in a spasm of xenophobia. Li ran the story to ask why, in modern China, children are learning to praise the Boxers for... MORE
February 23, 2006

China releases journalist 16 years after Tiananmen conviction

China has finally freed a journalist after 16 years of imprisonment left him mentally impaired after being tortured and held for long periods in solitary confinement. Yu Dongyue, then 23, was jailed for splattering paint on a portrait of Mao Zedong during the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. MAO@TIANANMEN : The portrait of Mao Zedong looms over student protestors at Tiananmen Square. On May 23, 1989, Yu Dongyue, then 23, and two others hurled egg shells full of red paint at this... MORE
February 23, 2006

Shanghai to hold media accountable for carrying fraudulent ads

SHANGHAI, Feb. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- China's largest city, Shanghai, will hold the media accountable for carrying misleading commercials in its latest move to crack down on fraudulent advertisements, a government spokesperson said. Advertisers as well as publishers of fraudulent ads will face more severe penalties in the city's forthcoming campaign to better regulate the market and improve the overall credibility of the advertising industry, Jiao Yang, spokesperson for the Shanghai municipal... MORE
February 23, 2006

Report says media control is tightening in China

NEW YORK, 23 February 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The report is considered groundbreaking in its precise and detailed description of the instruments of censorship in a rapidly changing Chinese society. It shows how a system of control that originated under classic totalitarian conditions is being adjusted, refined, and modernized to meet the agenda of the current Chinese leadership -- market economy with complete political dominance. Ashley Esarey, a Freedom House analyst and the author of the report,... MORE
February 17, 2006

New US bill stops businesses from aiding communism

After branding Internet companies Google and Yahoo as tools of China's communist government, the US Congress passed a new bill today prohibiting US businesses from aiding Internet-restricting countries in the censorship of online content. The "Global Online Freedom Act of 2006", introduced in the House of Representatives by Republican Representative Chris Smith, who chairs a House subcommittee on human rights, and several other lawmakers aims "to promote freedom of expression on the Internet"... MORE
February 17, 2006

In China, free speech shows its teeth

BEIJING – Authorities on Thursday removed the top editors of an investigative weekly that had tested the limits of censorship, banished them to a think tank and announced that the publication would be relaunched in a more compliant format next month. Action against Freezing Point and its editor, Li Datong, comes as overseas observers focus on whether Internet and technology firms such as Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. help expand freedom of information in China... MORE
February 17, 2006

China journalists and officials clash over censorship

BEIJING (Reuters) - The editors of a bold Chinese weekly purged by censors issued an impassioned call for free speech on Friday, but propaganda officials fought back by accusing them of insulting the country's ardent patriotism. Propaganda officials said on Thursday that Freezing Point, a weekly section of the China Youth Daily that specialised in exposing official corruption and misrule, could revive after being closed down on January 24. But the officials said they would remove its editor Li... MORE
February 16, 2006

China defends its Internet censorship

BEIJING - China on Thursday defended its right to police the Internet, one day after four American technology giants appeared before Congress on charges that they collaborated with Beijing to crush free speech online in return for market access. "It is normal for countries to manage the Internet in accordance with law and to guide its development in a healthy and orderly fashion," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. "China has also borrowed and learned from the United States and... MORE
February 16, 2006

China allows newspaper to re-open

China has decided to allow the re-opening of an investigative newspaper shut down last month, its editor has said. The Bingdian (Freezing Point) will hit news stands on 1 March, Li Datong said. But he said Communist Party officials in charge of the weekly would not allow him and his deputy to work there. The news comes two days after prominent Communist Party elders issued a rare open letter to protest about increased media restrictions and censorship. The signatories - who included a onetime... MORE