A few weeks ago the Asahi News on-line reported the following:
It was made clear that the "Chang Jiang Commercial Daily", a newspaper in
its criticism towards major companies and the local government, had received
guidance from the local authority, with its editing executive suspended.
According to the people concerned, apart from disclosing
to the Asahi Shimbun, it also told the China Hong Kong
media. Views had come out that it was putting pressure on the reform factions
in the media that strongly criticized the authority.
According to the person concerned, it was at the middle of this month (May) that the Party Propaganda Department gave guidance to the said paper. Seven recent reports covered by the paper were mentioned and criticized as "different from the facts", "only the negative aspect is being reported": election corruption in the Communist party organization in Nanchong city in Szechwan province, influence to the environment caused by the chemical factory explosion accident in
Fujian province, and the injustice of a state-owned enterprise
in province. Guizhou
On top of a suspension punishment for the editing executive, supposedly all "coverage outside the province is not permitted": branch office of the said paper established outside the province was ordered to close. Several reporters were going to retire. It was said that the paper was forbidden to carry criticism. One concerned person in response to our coverage said that "what is news is merely about whether it is a fact or not. The logic of the authority is wrong".
Chang Jiang Commercial Daily started publication in 2006. It was well known for its investigative reporting and that famous reporters had participated. From December last year once a week, it reported news collected from the whole country and made comments, using an independent viewpoint.
It is not surprising to note that
to control the mass media. China