Following delays in the processing of foreign journalists’ visas, Global Post interviews journalist Paul Mooney, whose China visa was recently rejected, and Bob Dietz, Asia Program Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists about the government’s current stance on foreign media. Meanwhile, Chinese journalists shed light on a new credentialing process that emphasizes “Marxist journalism.”
Looking back on these four years, I know I did things I shouldn’t have done, that I killed reports that I shouldn’t have killed, that I removed content I shouldn’t have removed. But in the end I had an awakening, preferring not to carry out my political mission, refusing to go against my conscience and to become a criminal of history.
We don’t need high-rise buildings, the status of the world’s second-largest economy, or an aircraft carrier. What China needs now is a newspaper that tells the truth.
I will live and die with Beijing News.
The Southern Weekend journalists have said that they accept party control, but the question is what kind of control and how far should it go unchallenged.