More Censorship and Intimidation of Journalists in China

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is

alarmed by reports of an assault on Lin Feng, a journalist with the Southeast Express newspaper in a village

in China’s Fujian province while reporting on a

building collapse.


Lin was

reporting on the accident in which three people died and 10 were seriously

injured in Fuzhou’s Cangshan District in eastern


on July 6. He was attacked by an unidentified group, and images on his camera were



An article

about the building collapse and Lin’s assault was also deleted from the Southeast Express website upon orders

from the Fujian Provincial Propaganda Department.


The Southeast Express is run by the Council

for the Promotion of International

Trade, Fujian Branch, which is under direct instruction of the Fujian provincial




again we are seeing a journalist’s safety and right for the public to be kept informed

come under threat in China,”

IFJ General Secretary Aidan White



“It is

disheartening that the local Security Bureau does not promptly investigate these

cases of violence and harassment of journalists.”


Lin reported

that some of the local villagers claimed his attackers were acting on the

instruction of a senior village representative, who is accused of illegally

constructing buildings in the area.



group of journalists was prevented from accessing the scene of the building

collapse, according to local media reports.



urges local authorities to take action to investigate assaults on media workers

and ensure that government officials respect freedom of the press and the

public’s right to information.


This is

the second case of a violent attack on a Chinese journalist in as many weeks.


On June

24, Fang Xuen Chang, scientific editor of Beijing-based Caijing Magazine, was beaten over the head with an iron rod by two

unidentified assailants, after he left work. Fang‘s head and back were

seriously injured in the attack.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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