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Chinese censors pursue cover-up efforts over Nanfang Zhoumo censorship

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders condemns the unrelenting efforts of the Chinese authorities to cover up their censorship of a New Year editorial in the reformist weekly Nanfang Zhoumo, and the ensuing protests over the past week.“By dictating a preconceived editorial line to news departments around the country, the Chinese authorities have shown their contempt for press freedom,” the organization said.“The propaganda department has clearly demonstrated that it is unwilling to allow dissident voices to be heard. The agreement reached by the newspaper’s editorial department and the Guangdong propaganda department is unsatisfactory since it includes no reparations or guarantees on the part of the authorities.”Nanfang Zhoumo editors, who had threatened to publish some 1,034 articles that had been totally or partially censored in the past year, agreed not to air publicly their grievances against Tuo Zhen, head of the Guangdong provincial propaganda department who was behind the censorship of the New Year editorial. In exchange, department officials were reported to have agreed not to make any changes to articles in the newspaper without prior notice. The latest issue of Nanfang Zhoumo appeared yesterday, although it was not available at some of its usual retail outlets Guangdong. The Chinese have spared no efforts since 3 January to calm the discontent aroused by the “New Year greetings incident”.On 8 January, the China Digital Times reported that the central propaganda department sent a note to news organizations reminding them that “Party control of the media is an unwavering basic principle” while absolving the Guangdong propaganda department of any responsibility for the “incident” exposed by Nanfang Zhoumo. The central propaganda department attributed the wave of protests to “hostile external forces involved in the development of the situation”.On the same day, an editorial in the pro-government Global Times was sent to news organizations with instructions to republish it. The Beijing News objected and expressed strong support for its Guangdong fellow newspaper. According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the police were sent to the paper’s offices to put pressure on the journalists to obey.The newspaper’s staff tried to muster support by posting messages on Weibo, the Chinese micro blogging site, about the pressure put on the paper’s editors by the authorities, in particular by Liu Yunshan, a member of the permanent committee of the politburo since the 18th Communist Party Congress in November. The messages were quickly deleted.The Beijing News was finally forced to reprint the Global Times editorial after the official print works refused to publish it unless it was included. The paper’s editor, Dai Zigeng, submitted his resignation on Tuesday. It was rejected by the Beijing authorities, aware that such a move would only add to the popular discontent. For now, there are fears that Dai Zigeng may be subjected to reprisals on the part of the central propaganda department or may, at the very least, come under particular attention.According to estimates posted on Weibo, 29 activists who expressed their support for Nanfang Zhoumo were reported to have been questioned by the police and some were said to be still in custody. WeFightCensorship is posting the uncensored versions of the Nanfang Zhoumo editorial : https://www.wefightcensorship.org/censored/new-years-greetings-incidenthtml.htmlIf wefightcensorship.org is blocked in your country send an email to [email protected] to get the address of one of our mirror.WeFightCensorship.org (WeFC) is a Reporters Without Borders project that aims to combat censorship and promote the flow of news and information. Get involved ! https://www.wefightcensorship.org/get-involvedhtml.html China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts January 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese censors pursue cover-up efforts over Nanfang Zhoumo censorship News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

RSF supports journalists’ refusal to “kneel” before government

first_img News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? The media accuse the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of putting political pressure on journalists, while Prime Aleksandar Vucic has described the protests as an “attempt to destabilize” Serbia and has called for parliamentary elections in April, two years ahead of schedule.According to the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (NUNS), journalists in the northern city of Pancevo are “obliged” to join the SNS to keep their jobs. Journalists told RSF that the level of political pressure on the Serbian media has intensified in recent months. They are often the targets of smear campaigns or are accused by the government of being “mercenaries in the pay of foreign powers.”“Insulted, badly paid and fired,” journalists chanted during the demonstrations held at midday yesterday and the previous evening. The protests against the decline in conditions for journalists began in early December, after an incident involving defence minister Bratislav Gasic and a woman journalist with B92 TV.“I like these female journalists who kneel down so easily,” Gasic told Zlatija Nabovic, when she knelt to avoid getting into a camera’s field of vision during a news conference. His sexist comment sparked an outcry.The NUNS immediate demanded Gasic’s resignation. The prime minister promised at the time to fire him but has not kept his promise. His dismissal, if it did materialize, would anyway have to be approved by parliament and this could not take place before March, adding to the frustration.But the defence minister’s removal is just one of the demands of the movement, called “Journalists don’t kneel.” The protesters are also calling for an investigation into the illegal surveillance of journalists, ordered by interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, and they want culture and information minister Ivan Tasovac held to account.“The Serbian government seems to have a problem accepting that the time is long past when the authorities could use the media as propaganda tools,” said Alexandra Geneste, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk in Brussels.“Before trying to join the European Union, Serbia must get in step with European standards on media freedom. We can only support this protest movement by Serbia journalists’ and their refusal to get down on their knees.”Yesterday’s protests were staged by press photographers, who were only somewhat mollified by parliament’s rejection of a bill submitted by the ruling party last week. The bill said: “Every routinely made photograph, which appears and is taken in electronic form, regardless of whether it is the true original creation of an author, will cease to enjoy protection as the creation of an author”. Follow the news on Serbia News SerbiaEurope – Central Asia SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says July 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more News January 27, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF supports journalists’ refusal to “kneel” before government to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Serbian authorities to heed the legitimate demands of the country’s journalists, hundreds of whom have taken to the streets in the capital and a dozen other towns in the past two days to denounce the “deterioration” in media freedom. Four similar protests have been held in the past two months. Serbia is ranked 67th out of 180 countries in the 2015 (Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.->xxx->http://index.rsf.org/#!/)Photo : ©Nihad Ibrahimkadic/Anadolu Agency. June 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more