Magazine Staff Take Stand Against Editorial Interference in China

The

International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) is concerned about editorial integrity and managerial

interference at Caijing business magazine

in China

after its editor-in-chief resigned on November 9.

 

Hu

Shuli, 56, resigned after 70 employees from the magazine’s marketing department,

including nine executives and general manager Wu Chuanhui, quit last month.

 

According

to local news reports, the magazine’s managing editor, Wang Shuo, and 30

writers and editors also tendered

resignations. More resignations of editorial staff are expected.

 

Chinese

authorities reportedly reprimanded the magazine for at least eight articles

this year and directed it to “return to positive reporting on finance and

economics,” according to a report in the International Herald Tribune.

 

The

IFJ has learnt that members of Caijing’smanagement board tried to influence the

editorial team, after the board was pressured by the magazine’s parent company,

the Stock Exchange Executive Council and other government-controlled groups.

 

Pressure

on Caijing reportedly intensified

after Hu sent three journalists to cover ethnic-based riots in Urumqi,

the capital of China’s

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in early July, despite Central Propaganda

Department orders banning journalists in the area.

 

Articles

published by Caijing about a new wave

of violence and riots in Xinjiang in September reportedly used only government-provided

information. 

 

“An

independent editorial department is essential to ensure the integrity and

professionalism of any media outlet,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

 

“The

stand taken by journalists and members of the editorial staff at Cajing indicate the courage and

commitment of many mainland journalists to resist and denounce editorial

interference as they seek to defend press freedom despite working in a heavily

censored and controlled media environment.”

 

The

IFJ stands in solidarity with Hu Shuli and all journalists and staff at Caijing in taking a stand to defend the

magazine’s professional integrity.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in

120 countries worldwide