International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned by the recent
removal of senior staff from two Chinese newspapers, both in apparent responses
to political pressure.
Editor-in-Chief for Xin Kuai Daily (New Express in English), a newspaper based
in China’s southern Guangdong province, and Publisher Lu Yan and Vice-Publisher
Sun Jian of the Shanghai-based Dong Fang
Daily were reportedly removed or suspended from their duties within the
last two days.
reported that Lu Fumin was removed from his post at Xin Kuai Daily and moved to sister newspaper, the Yangcheng Evening Post, as an editor on
Monday July 16. The decision to move Lu is believed to be related to his
decision to re-publish an article detailing the political origins of several
current members of China’s politburo, including Deputy President Xi Jinping.
The article, in addition to other news, commentary and investigative content
was also temporarily removed from the Xin
Kuai Daily website. According to a local journalist, the international and
commentary content was only restored to the site in response to public outcry.
reason was given for the sudden removal of Publisher Lu Yan and the suspension
of Vice-Publisher Sun Jian, many in the media community suspect it was prompted
by the Dong Fang Daily’s publication
of an article in May which accused China’s government-owned corporations of
stifling the country’s economic development.
deeply concerned that the upcoming change in leadership within China’s
Politburo Standing Committee is having a chilling effect on press freedom
within the country, with a heightened censorship regime swiftly censoring and
punishing any independent political commentary”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
We urge the management
board of Xin Kuai Daily and Dong Fang Daily to reconsider the
recent personnel decisions, and remind all media of their duty to defend their
right to free and independent reporting”.
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