Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns a new series of bans and restrictions on
the media issued by China’s
Central Propaganda Department,
saying the bans appear designed to control media content in the lead-up to the
country’s National Day on October 1.
Local sources told the IFJ that all media outlets have been
ordered not to report on events related to the lead-poisoning of more than 2000
children in Huana, Shanxi and Yunan
provinces in mid-August. Public displays of anger outside government offices
and the detention of protesting parents of poisoned children are reportedly
A ban also has been ordered on reporting of a riot of more
than 10,000 villagers in Fengwei
town, Quanzhou, Fujian Province on September 1. Dozens of
people were injured when villagers protesting the contamination of drinking
water by a tannery and oil refinery clashed with police.
In addition, the media
has been ordered to use only information provided by the State-owned Xinhua news
agency regarding the arrival of a reported 30,000
Burmese refugees in Konkan, in south-western
Province. The BBC reported
that foreign journalists had been denied entry to the refugee camps.
in China have been told to
use only Xinhua information in reporting on a recent trip by Tibet’s spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama, to Taiwan.
“The IFJ condemns China’s continuing bans and
restrictions on media reporting on matters of great public,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan
“The job of a journalist is to report in the public interest.
These bans deny the public their right to information by preventing journalists
from upholding their responsibilities.”
The IFJ urges China’s central and provincial
governments to put an end to using mechanisms of state regulation and
censorship to manipulate the media and prevent it reporting in the public
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