IFJ Denounces Punishment of Journalist in China for Publicising Ban


International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) is disappointed to learn that a journalist has been punished by

his employer for disclosing a restrictive order issued by China’s authorities.



Junyan, a journalist at Southern

Metropolis Daily, was fined 1500 yuan (about USD 220) by his employer after

he published the order on his blog. Zhang was also demoted from his position as

an intermediate level journalist to a junior level journalist.



don’t know what it was about, but he was punished because no order from the authorities

is allowed to be released,” another journalist from Southern Metropolissaid.



is a secret in China

- anyone who releases [the order] might face punishment.”



relevant message in Zhang’s blog has already deleted.



punishment of a journalist for posting a restrictive order is disappointing,

particularly as the Premier of China, Wen Jiabao, has publicly

reconfirmed the right of citizens to be informed about what is happening,” IFJ

General Secretary Aidan White said.



a journalist who has true respect for the public and upholding the Premier’s

ideal is abhorrent and is condemned by the IFJ. The Southern Metropolis Daily should reverse its decision and promptly

return the 1500 yuan toZhang Junyan.”



incident is similar to the case of former journalist Shi Tao, who was sentenced

to 10 years’ jail in 2005 after

he made public via the Yahoo! email service a restrictive government order instructing

media not to report on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989.



restrictive order was issued on June 30 to prevent publicity about actions by a

group of media workers and scholars who denounced a statement by the Chongqing Morning Post after rumours

circulated that one of the paper’s journalists had been sentenced to a labour

re-education camp.



group, which alleged the newspaper disrespected journalists by using

threatening words in its statement in an attempt to stop other media reporting

on the case, is calling on people express their anger by boycotting the newspaper.


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