Journalist in North China Suspended for Raising Corruption Queries




International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned by the

management of the Xi’an Evening Newspaper ‘s decision to suspend one of its journalists after he reported on corruption

allegations made against the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party for the

township of Dali, in China’s northern Sha’anxi province.


On June 30, Shi

Junrong, journalist for the Xi’an Evening

Newspaper, was suspended from dutyafter

he had raised allegations of corruption against the Secretary of the Chinese

Communist Party for the township of Dali on June 26.


In the

report, Shi queried how Dali’s Secretary can afford to smoke high-end cigarettes,

at a cost of 1,000 Chinese Yuan (approximately USD 158) per carton, given their official monthly salary is understood

to be quite low. When

contacted by Shi on the telephone, the

Secretary claimed the cigarettes belonged to his ‘comrade’. Four days later, the newspaper suspended

Shi from duty, with the explanation that he did not interview all of the people involved in

the story.



suspension sparked outrage among Shi’s colleagues in the media, with many

suspecting the decision was made as a result of political pressure.


“The media

has an important role as a ‘watchdog’ on government, as Premier Wen has said publicly on

various occasions”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.


“The media have a duty to investigate issues of great public concern that supercedes

any obligation to political parties or officials”.


IFJ calls for the

newspaper to immediately revoke the decision to suspend Shi immediately, and urges

the All Chinese

Journalists Association to fulfil their duties to investigate the case and to protect the rights and interests of China’s

media personnel.


The Xi’an Evening Newspaper was

established by the Communist Party of Xian in 1953.



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