World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

IFJ Condemns Retaliatory Suspension of Media in China

August 7, 2012

IFJ Condemns Retaliatory Suspension of Media in China

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the suspension of a local newspaper by the local Beijing Government in alleged retaliation for their investigations into the underreporting of the death toll from the storm that hit in China’s capital city on July 21 by the government’s Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

According to a Radio France Internationale report, The Economic Observer -a weekly newspaper based in China’s eastern Shandong province and with offices in Beijing and Shanghai - was ordered to “suspend” its work on August 6 by the local Beijing Government’s Cultural Bureau. The reason given was that the paper was not a locally registered media organisation, and as such was publishing illegally. Chinese authorities confiscated all copies of the paper from vendors on August 4.

“It is widely believed that the suspension of The Economic Observer is political retaliation from the local Beijing Government”, a journalist from the paper told IFJ. “The situation in the office is very tense. The punishment is clearly because the newspaper disclosed that the local Government had attempted to understate the death toll following the severe storm that hit Beijing on July 21. The government’s inability to accurately calculate the death toll has raised questions of the local government’s management abilities. Journalists have been ordered not to speak publically with anyone.”

Five publications were targeted by the Chinese Government’s Cultural Bureau under the banner of a new campaign ‘fighting illegal publications”. The Economic Observer has been circulated throughout Beijing for a number of years and has a reputation for in-depth investigative reports which drew great recognition and acclaim from the public and media industry.

“It is very disappointing to see China’s government use selective punishment to apply pressure to the media”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.

“The IFJ urges Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to investigate the latest attacks on the media, and calls for China’s Cultural Bureau to unconditionally lift the suspensions recently applied to Beijing-based publications as part of the ‘fighting illegal publications’ campaign.”

Beijing was hit by a severe storm on July 21 which killed approximately 77 people and caused severe economic loss. The local government held a press conference but warned media not to ask questions relating to the death toll. Following the incident, the Central Propaganda Department demanded all media republish Chinese Government news agency articles on the incident and delete critical online comments.

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

Find the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific

Find the IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Afghanistan: Record Number Of Women And Children Killed Or Wounded

More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009, a United Nations report revealed on Monday... More>>

Tale Of Two Pandemics: Follow The Science And Do Not Forget One At The Cost Of The Other

Covid-19 has posed innumerable health, economic, and social challenges for all, including people living with HIV. It has exposed the fragility of health systems around the globe and has diverted political attention and funding from other infectious diseases like TB and HIV... More>>


UN: Rights Chief Calls For Prompt Release Of Protestors Held In Cuba
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for the prompt release of protestors and journalists detained during anti-government demonstrations in Cuba, some of whom are being held incommunicado... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs



Food Systems: More Than 100 Countries Discuss Visions For Futures To Accelerate Global Action Ahead Of September Summit

More than 100 countries came together over the course of three-days to discuss how they will transform their national food systems to drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030... More>>


Food Systems: Italian & Rwandan Leaders Join Urgent Call To Transform World’s Food Systems As Pre-Summit Begins

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame stress need for more inclusive, sustainable and holistic approaches ahead of the Summit in New York in September... More>>


UN: Play:Fair For People And Planet – A Major United Nations Music Activation
organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with Music Innovation Hub, Keychange, the city of Milan, the Milan Triennale, and partners from the SDG Music Network, will be held at an unexpected location in the center of Milan, Italy, taking into account safety measures with a limited on-site audience consisting of activists and fans... More>>