September 3 — China’s emergency law quietly took the stage more than a year after the law’s first draft drew sharp criticism from domestic media. Some journalists and scholars in China saw the revised law, which unlike the draft had no mention of penalties for media “making bold” to report in violation of local governments, as a small victory for media. [More coverage from CMP].
September 4 — Web portal continued its newfound tradition of comprehensive feature pages (“dashboards”) with a special report on the problem of fake reporters in China [More coverage from CMP]. The page included a recent story called “The Most Awesome Fake Reporter in History” [translated at ESWN].
September 7 — In a report that shows so-called “supervision by public opinion”, or Chinese “watchdog journalism”, is alive if not necessarily well, The Beijing News reported on the over-charging of toll fees to truck drivers in Shanxi Province, involving collusion between police, transportation officials and owner of truck fleets [YWeekend interview with reporter translated at ESWN]. The case is vaguely reminiscent of investigative reporter Wang Keqin’s expose on the Beijing taxi industry back in 2002 [See case from CMP here].

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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