September 2005 — In the 1980s, Sun Xupei was director of the research office of the Journalism Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a key force behind the push for media reform and freedom of speech within the socialist system. Sun was also an instrumental figure in early efforts to create a Chinese media law. Currently Sun is a professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a researcher at the News and Broadcast Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. From 1981 to 1983, he worked as a reporter at People’s Daily. Sun is the author of numerous books and articles, including An Orchestra of Voices: Making the Argument for Greater Speech and Press Freedom in the People’s Republic of China, which has been translated into English.