Chinese media reported on May 30, 2011
, that an official in charge of land requisition in the city of Foshan in Guangdong province wore a medical mask during an interview with television media and said that he “had a right to not be filmed.” Media reported that this official has a long track record of avoiding media interviews. In this cartoon, posted by artist Chen Chunming (陈春鸣) to his blog, a fat official sits at a table draped with a red cloth wearing his imperial-era official cap, a symbol of government authority. A white mask covers his face, but the contempt in his eyes is visible. The characters on the table read: “Media press conference.” A gaggle of journalists presses forward, sweating with tension as they wait for the words that never come.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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