David Bandurski

David is co-director of the China Media Project, and editor of the project’s website. He is the author of Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin), a book of reportage about urbanisation and social activism in China, and co-editor of Investigative Journalism in China (HKU Press). His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, Index on Censorship, the South China Morning Post and others. He received a Human Rights Press Award in 2007 for an explanatory feature about China’s Internet censorship guidelines. David is a producer of Chinese independent films through his Hong Kong production company, Lantern Films. He has a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Mr. Bandurski is an honorary lecturer at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

Kang Weiping

September 2004 — Kang joined Caijing magazine as a cub reporter in 1999, the magazine’s second year of publication. Kang, who is now a senior reporter for Caijing, is a graduate of the journalism department at Renmin University. Prior to joining Caijing, she worked for Shanghai Securities Journal. Kang’s investigation of publicly-listed Dongfang Electric in 2001 set a new standard for reporting on the securities...

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Li Yonggang

September 2004 — Li Yonggang, a well known professor of political science at Nanjing University in China’s coastal Jiangsu province, founded Sixiang de Jingjie, one of China’s most successful scholarly Websites, in the late 1990s. The government forced the Website to close up shop in October 2000....

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Liu Jianping

September 2004 — Liu is an investigative reporter for Guangzhou’s Southern Weekend, which is generally regarded as one of China’s most progressive newspapers. After a farmer from Anhui province attempted suicide on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2003 to protest government corruption in his local township, Liu set out to investigate the root causes of the incident. Although he wrote the story twice, it was killed by editors at the...

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Sun Jie

September 2004 — Sun is the former editor of China Central Television’s “Focus” news programme, which has been one of China’s leading investigative reporting programmes since 1994. Sun is currently producer of CCTV’s “News...

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Lu Yuegang Letter of Protest to Head of Chinese Communist Youth League

Following an address to employees at China Youth Daily newspaper by the secretary of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League, Zhao Yong, in which the official lectured the journalists on proper discipline, Lu posted the following letter on the paper’s internal server. It was subsequently leaked to the outside, become an international news story. The translation of Lu Yuegang’s letter that follows is provided by Roland Soong at ESWN: ———————– An Open Letter to Zhao Yong, Secretary of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League To Zhao Yong: We must have a honest discussion. On the afternoon of May 24th, 2004, you delivered a speech at the meeting with the middle-level cadres of the China Youth Daily, and you disappointed many colleagues including me extremely. As the representative of the current central secretariat, you created a bad image for the China Youth Daily. You looked like a petty official who “began to issue orders once you got a little power.” In your speech, you communicated many messages. But after eliminating the lies, the clichés and the dishonesties, there are three main points: (1) anyone who does not obey can get out of the door immediately, even though your original words were: “Anyone who doesn’t want to work can turn in the resignation letter and it will approved on the same day”; (2) the China...

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Yan Lieshan

May to August 2004 — Yan is an editor at Southern Weekend and a regular columnist for sohu.com, a popular Chinese web portal. Yan, who is widely recognized as China’s pre-eminent current affairs critic, has a degree in Chinese Studies from Beijing Normal University.He has also published 15 volumes of Chinese zawen, or free-form short essays, on various...

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