IFJ to launch 2015 China Press Freedom Report

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will launch its annual China Press Report on January 30, the eighth press freedom report on China by the IFJ. The China Press Freedom report is a key component of the IFJ China Press Freedom project. The first report, China’s Olympic Challenge was published in early 2009, documenting the media environment in 2008 and infringements on journalists’ rights and media freedom. Since 2009, the report continues to develop to report on the changing media environment and challenges for China’s media community.  

The 2015 report documents the government control and suppression of press freedom and freedom of expression through policies, laws, restrictive orders and censorship. The report highlights the challenging environment that China’s media community continues to operate within, while also showcasing the stories of triumph and success for media workers and journalists. For the first time, the IFJ China Press Freedom report also includes a list of jailed and detained journalists and media workers, documenting over 50 cases dating back to 2009.

Journalists across the country, particularly Hong Kong and Macau, continue the fight to report independently amid difficult conditions. The case of five missing shareholders and employees of the Mighty Current Publication and Causeway Bay bookstore highlights the challenging working environment and safety issues that the Hong Kong people engaged with the media industry face.

The IFJ will launch the 2015 report on January 30, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong. All media representatives are invited to attend the launch.

Date: 30 January 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Hughes Room of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong.

For more information on the China Press Freedom project, visit the IFJ website and for media inquiries and embargoed copies of the report, please contact Alex Hearne (alex.hearne@ifj-asia.org).

For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0946 

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