Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is pleased the General Administration of Press
and Publication (GAPP) in China acknowledge that the government will not allow the
creation of media “blacklists” by government departments or institutions.
The move follows the IFJ expressing
concerns about statements made by China Health Education Centre director and spokesperson
of the media and promotion office Mao Qunan, who said on June 13 that the
Ministry of Health (MOH) would prepare a list to curb certain journalists and
media workers from “polluting the communications environment”.
In a June 27 story titled
“Establishment of so-called reporters blacklist by press information department
not allowed”, state-controlled Xinhua News Agency reported that a GAPP official
stated that no law or regulation allows any organisation or individual to
harass or interrupt media personnel when they are exercising their legal rights.
GAPP, which is charged with
monitoring all Mainland journalists and upholding the oversight role of the media,
also said that in the case of incorrect media reports, there should not be a
“scolding attitude” towards the press from government departments, the Xinhua
“The relevant department should
disseminate accurate and timely information…it should not casually impose any
barricades to media nor establish a so-called ‘reporters blacklist’ to curb
media rights,” the GAPP official said.
The IFJ issued an alert June 20 after Mao endorsed a blacklist of
journalists and media workers on June 13 at a food safety forum. Focus Taiwan news
agency reported on June 15 that Mao said: “We plan to increase our efforts to
create that list as quickly as possible. With the list, we will be able to
trace who first started a widely spread rumour.”
IFJ is pleased to see that GAPP is prepared to publicly endorse the watchdog
role of journalists in China,”
the IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
law or regulation exists in China
that allows any government department or institution to attempt to curb media
rights, a matter now acknowledged by China’s authorities.”
IFJ urges all journalists in Mainland China to file a report with GAPP if
they feel their legal rights are being undermined.
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