The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appalled at increasing restrictions on journalists reporting in China in recent weeks.A Chinese journalist who wishes to remain anonymous told the IFJ that the Central Propaganda Department issued a series of orders banning reporting on certain issues, particularly in relation to business and foreign affairs.
The General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) also announced that all publishers must submit the real names of authors and books in order to obtain a licence to publish. The regulation is to be enforced from April 1, but a book written by Cai Tianyi under the pen name Cai Chu reportedly has been banned already.
Cai told the IFJ he believes the ban is related to his participation in “Charter 08”, a 2008 signature campaign for the promotion of political reform and democratisation of China and a preamble in his book written by Liu Xiaobo, who was under surveillance by security agencies after he signed the charter.
“These restrictions on reporting in China amount to government censorship,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.
The IFJ reiterates its appeal to China’s Central Government to show good faith and refrain from restricting journalists and the media, in line with China’s claim to be “opening up to the outside world”.