Category Archives: journalism

Hu Jie, famous filmmaker, never shown in China – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson interviews for the New York Review of Book one of the famous Chinese documentary filmmakers, Hu Jie, whose films have never been shown in China itself, covering subjects like Mao, the Cultural Revolution and the Great Famine. A life of dealing with tough issues.

Why dissidents matter less in China – Ian Johnson on Peter Hessler

Journalist Ian Johnson describes his friend and colleague Peter Hessler for The New York Review of Books, and analyses his often controversial take on China. For example his take on dissidents in China. ” Hessler’s four books have sold 385,000 copies in the US, a figure that easily makes him the most influential popular writer on China in decades.”

Why ´60 Minutes´does a poor job on Africa – Howard French

Author Howard French of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa is leading a campaign against the famous US news program ´60 Minutes´ and how they cover Africa. From the Humanosphere. One major problem: they mainly ignore local people.

Smog debate shows government takes pollution serious – Ian Johnson

Finally the government takes pollution serious, long after its citizens noted the dangers, concludes journalist Ian Johnson in ChinaFile, after a smog documentary was taken off the internet. But censors acted after 100 million Chinese watched the much-praised movie, that sparked off an unprecedented debate.

On the rise of Tibetian Buddhism – Ian Johnson

Tibetian Buddhism has become popular in the West, but also among rich Han Chinese. Journalist Ian Johnson discusses with author John Osburn the reasons behind this popularity in a two-piece interview for the New York Times.

Why China does not want moderate Uighurs – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson interviewed Chinese intellectuals and asked them about Ilham Tohti, the economist and Uighur activist who was arrested in January. For the New York Review of Books looks for a reason why the moderate intellectual was arrested. China does not like moderate Uighurs, is one of his conclusions.

How Bloomberg started, and killed political reporting in China – Howard French

In a detailed write-up for the Columbia Journalism Review former foreign correspondent Howard French describes how Bloomberg started to engage in political reporting in China, to compete with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, but killed a successful journalism project, after China´s power-brokers turned up the heat.

Writing in English: gaining political, literally freedom – Zhang Lijia

Why are you mostly writing in English, is a question author Zhang Lijia, a native from Nanjing, often has to answer. In English: “I can be bold and adventurous”, she writes for the English Editing Blog.

The battle between censors and editors – Jeremy Goldkorn

The ongoing public tussle between government censors and editors of the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly is a rare breakdown of the otherwise mostly hidden ways to manage China’s state-owned media. Media watcher Jeremy Goldkorn explains for the BBC why the censors went too far in this case.

My meeting with Chen Guangcheng in NY – Zhang Lijia

The author Zhang Lijia was one of the first journalists who introduced the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng to Western media, now 12 years ago. After his daring escape, they found now time to meet at NYU in New York, Zhang Lijia tells on her weblog.