EDIT: Whoops! Wang Keqin works the China Economic Times, not the Economic Observer. And the EO has a better version of this in English here.
They sure know how to stir up trouble over at the Economic Observer.
Home to Wang Keqin, the investigative reporter who has uncovered a wide variety of scandals (most recently, the tainted vaccines in Shaanxi), police in Zhejiang recently announced they’re seeking another Economic Observer reporter (Qiu Ziming) who is accused of defaming a company there.
Ever want to know how a Chinese newspaper takes it when the police start coming after one of their own? Wang Keqin posted a recent announcement to his blog that indicates the Economic Observer is, to put it lightly, not going to take this sitting down..
We will use legal measures to protect the right to investigate and report
- We are shocked at the online demand for the arrest of our reporter Qiu Ziming as his report on the Kan Specialty Material Co., Ltd. was quite normal. We are greatly concerned for Qiu and his family. Being a responsible part of the media, we adhere to standards of rationality and constructivism. We believe in objective and just reporting principles that should be followed by Qiu Ziming and all reporters.
- As a public company, Kan has a duty to publish accurate and complete data. The people have a right to know this information, just as the media has the legal right to supervise public opinion. In the process of reporting [on Kan], the relevant people and the reporter [i.e., Qiu] repeatedly received both bribe offers and threats. We vehemently condemn the attempts [of Kan] to try to use the government to stifle [the media’s legal right to report on and] supervise public opinion, and their threatening the safety of news workers.
- The local police organs are the controllers of government power, they should cautiously and legally enforce this power, and safeguard the rights of citizens.
- Our paper is in the process of appealing with the National News Publication Office and the Chinese Journalist’s association, and we call on those organs to protect the rights of reporters and news workers to investigate and to report, and to protect their personal safety.
- We thank the public and our media colleagues for their support of us and of our reporters. We will use every legal method available to defend our legal rights to investigate and report, while at the same time safeguarding a positive environment for public opinion.
The paper is also running a number of pieces about the situation in their commentary section.
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