December 30, 2005
— Ace The whiff of freedom?
ONE of Chinas most outspoken newspapers was plunged into chaos after 100 reporters took the rare step of walking out in protest against the dismissal of their Editor-in-Chief [for "political reasons"].
His departure and the journalists defiance are part of a long struggle between Communist Party censors intent on controlling public access to information, and newspapers and magazines keen to attract readers. Party officials singled out the Beijing News for criticism at a meeting on December 6, when they decided to strengthen the partys control over tabloid papers. The Beijing News had committed errors in the orientation of opinion and was a recidivist, officials said.
But you know, things are hardly any better here. Bush denies "access" to reporters. So, in my book, if you won't talk to David Gregory, that's pretty much the equivalent of seizing the nation's media and firing "recidivist" editors.
Thanks to Allah.
Related: Controversial death-sentence carried out secretly; debate about it censored. Only now is news that a murderer (he does appear to have been a criminal murderer) was put to death after a rigged trial.
The article notes that the Chinese are beginning to suspect that the Chinese death-chambers, killing more than 10,000 people per year, might be killing a good number of innocent people.
Either that or you get capital punishment for jay walking. 10,000!! Sheesh! That's a lot more than Texas does in each year.
Posted by: rls at December 30, 2005 03:09 PM (Lh7Vt)
I think there could be some truth to that.
I know, it seems farfetched: the Communist Chinese executing someone who was innocent? There's certainly no historical precedent for anything like that. But still, they did let George Bush visit, and he's from Texas, so you never know.
Posted by: TallDave at December 30, 2005 07:39 PM (H8Wgl)
Posted by: Tookie Williams at December 30, 2005 08:01 PM (cPd/j)
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