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June 01, 2005
Ching Cheong and Chinese media brainwashing
Arrested Straits Times journalist Ching Cheong is alleged to have "confessed" to being a spy for an undisclosed foreign intelligence agency. The Foreign Ministry naturally said the arrest had nothing to do with Ching's attempts to gather secret interview transcripts with Zhao Ziyang (someone the CCP has never been sure how to deal with):
The ministry's spokesman, Kong Quan, denied that Ching was apprehended as part of a crackdown against the circulation of a manuscript containing remarks from deposed leader Zhao.You can imagine how he was made to confess. What is most incredible is Ching was once the deputy editor-in-chief of the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po paper. He quit with a brace of others in response to Tiananmen in 1989. The repercussions of those events are still being felt today.
Co-incidentally (or not) the SCMP reports all non-official media reporters must attend a week long brain-washing course to retain their licence:
Beijing has launched a nationwide ideological indoctrination campaign for journalists to tighten its grip on the media. Most of the tens of thousands of journalists not working for official media organisations have been asked to attend week-long courses in order to qualify for a reporter's licence, sources revealed....But double standards are at play.
Shanghai journalists said they were only charged a few hundred yuan for their course and did not have to write a theoretical paper.Expect even more journos to move to Shanghai in the months ahead.
Other reading on Ching Cheongposted by Simon on 06.01.05 at 09:53 AM in the
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