Reporter's Notebook:?Press Freedom is First Casualty in US-
The incidents marked an escalation in
As?a?VOA China Branch?correspondent, I had a feeling that once
Sure enough, at midnight on
News later came that Time,
While those newspapers have journalists from other countries in their
So far, I have not been required to return my press card. The press card of the Time correspondent has not been revoked either.
Impact on Chinese journalists in
VOA's sole Chinese news assistant,
It was not surprising that
Chinese secretaries: A foreign journalist's right arm
When the foreign media report in China,?the help of local news assistants is essential. These Chinese press assistants are known in the industry as "Chinese secretaries."
The name does not reflect their role. These?"secretaries"?generally have strong news capabilities, a deep understanding of society, and a relatively extensive social network. They are good at capturing public opinion and newsworthy information on social media.
In many ways, Chinese?news assistants are much like a?foreign reporter's right arm.
They take photos of important news events and film those who speak?out. When out in the field to cover politically sensitive issues, such as victims protesting allegations of child abuse at a kindergarten, or illegal fundraising, the presence of a Chinese secretary can help their foreign colleagues avoid potential harassment or other trouble.
Of course, when they are interrogated, detained, treated rudely or even beaten?by Chinese authorities,?these workers do not have the same?protection that their colleagues' foreign passports provide.
It is no exaggeration to say that?the job of a Chinese news assistant?is a high-risk one.
In response to
He pointed out the differences between independent media and party media, and the existence of press freedom in the
'A healthy society shouldn't have only one voice'
Censorship is strictly enforced in
Hospital leaders, local police and official media threatened those who spoke up about the coronavirus. They warned the public not to spread rumors about the outbreak in
"A healthy society shouldn't have only one voice." Those words from Dr.
After his death,
Some netizens commented that using the low-level police to vindicate one?wrongdoing just created another.
Under the epidemic and the public's call for freedom of speech, some of
Twitter did not accept their request.
Yet I have witnessed frequent bans on the Chinese platform WeChat. Some groups with hundreds of members have been blocked 30 to 40 times for?allegedly?violating speech restrictions.
Instead, the fallout between
It may have been the last warning they heard in their role as foreign journalists in