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Record 70 journalist deaths in 2009: CPJ rights group

BBC News 16/02/2010

Seventy journalists were killed in 2009, making it the worst year since records began 30 years ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists says.

As in the previous 10 years, China remained the world's worst jailer of journalists - with 24 being held. China was followed by Iran, Cuba, Eritrea and Burma.

Encore une fois, la Chine est sur un vilain podium.

China Magazine Is Pulled As Property Law Looms

By ANDREW BATSON in Beijing and GEOFFREY A. FOWLER and JUYING QIN in Hong Kong Wall Street Journal 9/3/07

A landmark proposal to protect private property was formally introduced into China's legislature amid continuing controversy, and in one possible sign of the legislation's sensitivity, the latest issue of an influential Chinese business magazine that covered it was pulled earlier this week.

China official vows to 'purify' Web

BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to "purify" the Internet, state media reported on Wednesday, describing a top-level meeting that discussed ways to master the country's sprawling, unruly online population.

Behind Beijing's Fear of Reporters

Press Was Encouraged To Expose Corruption, Until Stories Went Too Far
By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER and JASON DEAN, Wall Street Journal December 21, 2006
[..]Today, China's government is waging a media crackdown on such hard-hitting reports. Some officials fear that investigative reporting feeds public discontent over social ills such as rampant pollution, a growing wealth gap and, especially, corruption. Prominent editors at publications around the country have lost their jobs. A law under review in China's legislature could make it much more difficult for reporters like Mr. Liu to investigate emergencies and dig up wrongdoing in distant towns and villages.
President Hu Jintao has made building a "harmonious society" a big priority since he took office in 2003. Last fall the government stepped up its curbs on the Internet and fired or censured several prominent editors. The central government also issued a guideline calling for an end to cross-regional-supervision reporting.


China rights group: Shanghai housing protesters get prison terms for "disturbances"

The Associated Press Monday, December 18, 2006 SHANGHAI,

China A Shanghai court has sentenced three people to prison terms for "causing a disturbance" while protesting the demolition of their homes, a rights group said Tuesday.

Du Yangming, a man in his 60s, and Tian Baocheng were given 30-month prison terms Monday for allegedly refusing to pay for use of a public toilet near the Xinhua News Agency branch office in downtown Shanghai, and for instigating other housing petitioners to shout at Xinhua employees, Human Rights in China said, citing court documents.

[...].Shanghai has relocated millions of its 20 million residents to clear land for construction of luxury apartment and villa compounds, shopping malls and hotels. Most of those moved are offered apartments in distant suburbs lacking convenient transportation and other amenities.


Independent Hubei candidate detained

KRISTINE KWOK South China Morning Post 8/11/2006
An independent candidate vying for a seat on a local people's congress in Hubei province was detained yesterday on the eve of the vote.
Another well-known independent candidate, Lu Banglie , was reportedly beaten by thugs last week as he campaigned for election in Zhijiang , Hubei. Attempts to contact Mr Lu were unsuccessful yesterday.
In July, Yao Lifa and five campaigners from other Hubei cities were detained by police as they planned to mobilise people to run in congress elections.

Surprise at removal of statistics chief

KEVIN HUANG South China Morning Post Friday, October 13, 2006 Qiu Xiaohua has been abruptly removed as head of the National Bureau of Statistics just seven months after he was appointed, raising speculation that the veteran economist has been detained for investigation. [...] In a push to promote honest government, top leaders have repeatedly vowed to get tough on officials who accepted bribes from business.
China's statistics have often been criticised for their poor quality and inconsistency. Foreign economists challenge their accuracy and suggest they are inflated by local officials to exaggerate their achievements.
Mr Qiu was known for his outspokenness in commenting on the economy. He was also often credited for his efforts in raising the quality of China's statistics and bringing them closer into line with international practice.


China tries to gag climbers who saw Tibet killings

By Leonard Doyle, Foreign Editor, The Independent, Published: 11 October 2006
Chinese diplomats in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu are tracking down and trying to silence hundreds of Western climbers and Sherpas who witnessed the killing of Tibetan refugees on the Nangpa La mountain pass last week.

Prison ferme pour un journaliste de Hongkong en poste en Chine

LEMONDE.FR Avec AFP | 31.08.06 | 11h26 • Mis à jour le 31.08.06 | 11h50

En moins d'une semaine, deux journalistes travaillant pour des médias étrangers en Chine ont été condamnés à des peines de prison ferme. Jeudi 31 août, le tribunal intermédiairuméro deux de Pékin a condamné à cinq ans de prison un journaliste de Hongkong accusé d'espionnage au profit de Taïwan. C'est la même cour qui avait condamné vendredi dernier à trois ans de prison, pour fraude, un collaborateur chinois du New York Times, Zhao Yan, abandonnant cependant les charges de "divulgation de secrets d'Etat".

La justice chinoise a reconnu la culpabilité de Ching Cheong, 56 ans, jugé à huis clos le 15 août, selon une brève dépêche de l'agence officielle Chine nouvelle confirmant une information d'abord donnée par l'avocat du journaliste.