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January 25, 2006

China jails journalist for fabricating alarmist info

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced a journalist to three years in prison for fabricating and spreading alarmist information about a 2004 outbreak of dengue fever in the southeastern province of Fujian, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Li Changqing, a one-time senior journalist at the official Fuzhou Daily, has decided to appeal against the ruling meted out by the People's Court in Fuzhou's Gulou district on Tuesday, Attorney Mo Shaoping said by telephone. "The verdict evaded key... MORE
January 25, 2006

Google to censor sensitive terms in China

SAN FRANCISCO/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Internet search giant Google Inc. will block politically sensitive terms on its new China site, bowing to conditions set by Beijing in return for access to the world's number-two Internet market. The voluntary concessions laid out on Tuesday by Google, which is launching a China-based search site as it officially enters the market, would parallel similar self-censorship already practiced there by most multinationals and domestic players. Homegrown giants like... MORE
January 25, 2006

China shuts down influential weekly newspaper in crackdown on media

BEIJING, Jan. 24 - China's Propaganda Department on Tuesday ordered the closing of Bing Dian, an influential weekly newspaper that often tackled touchy political and social subjects, as the authorities stepped up efforts to curb the spread of information and views the Communist Party considers unfavorable. The shutdown came the same day that Google announced that it would begin steering its Chinese users to , which will restrict access to content that China's media monitors... MORE
January 15, 2006

China, still winning against the Web

IT wasn't so long ago that the Internet was seen as a trap for China. The country desperately needed to foster economic growth, and in the early 1990's much of the globe was plugging itself in. Sooner or later, the thinking went, China would have to plug into the Web, too, and however efficiently its leaders might have controlled information in the old days, they would be no match for this new democratic beast, decentralized and crackling with opinion and information from the four corners of... MORE
January 6, 2006

Chinese bloggers take political satire offline

BEIJING (Reuters) - Forget loners in pyjamas and slippers pouring out their hearts in anonymous solitude. China's bloggers are going offline - and they're having a blast. Among the best known is "Dai San Ge Biao", literally meaning 'wears three watches' but also a play on former leader Jiang Zemin's Three Represents, or "San Ge Dai Biao", political theory. A bespectacled journalist by day whose real name is Wang Xiaofeng, he's not only busy writing diary-like posts on the Internet that run the... MORE
January 6, 2006

Journalists cry freedom in China

A good way of getting a laugh in a room filled with business people is to utter the words: "Trust me, I'm a journalist." The ribaldry was good natured when I witnessed it a couple of weeks ago but it underscored a feeling that journalists languish somewhere in the realms of property salesmen when it comes to public esteem. Yet, perhaps surprisingly, there is cause for a better assessment and it comes from China. When the bosses of Beijing News sacked the chief editor Yang Bin and his deputies... MORE
January 4, 2006

China frees journalist a year early

DALIAN, China (UPI) -- China has reduced the six-year jail sentence given a journalist, who had written about political corruption due to good behavior and ordered the man released. The court in Dalian, in northeastern China, ordered Jiang Weiping freed, and was he reunited with family members, the BBC said. Jiang was sentenced in June 2001 on charges of illegally supplying state secrets and inciting subversion, after he wrote several articles about alleged corruption involving high-level... MORE
January 3, 2006

China ratchets up control on expression

BEIJING – An emotional strike by 100 journalists at this city's most popular and lively newspaper follows a 16-month campaign to quash a broad range of "unapproved" public speech in areas verging on politics or society - a campaign that includes Internet blogs, and new restrictions on cellphones designed to smoke outsenders of renegade text messages. In the case of Beijing News, whose progressive editor Yang Bin was replaced without warning last week, Chinese authorities dealt a seemingly fatal... MORE
December 30, 2005

Reporters walk out after Chinese crackdown on popular newspaper

At least 100 Beijing News reporters have walked out, after Chinese authorities removed three editors of the unusually outspoken newspaper on Thursday. The two-year-old Beijing News tabloid newspaper has enjoyed rising circulation, and become known for stories that are more critical of authorities than those typical of China's tightly-controlled, state-owned media. Stories the paper published included reports of official corruption, such as cases of Chinese authorities failing to pay for land... MORE
December 28, 2005

China removes editor of feisty tabloid

BEIJING -The top editor of one of China's boldest newspapers has been dismissed in what observers said was a move to strengthen Communist Party control over the media. Yang Bin, the editor-in-chief of the Beijing News – a tabloid that has often reported on official missteps and misdeeds – was removed on Wednesday, Chinese journalists and media experts said. The precise reasons for Yang's dismissal were unclear. But Pu Zhiqiang, a Beijing-based lawyer who often represents journalists and knew of... MORE