“The highs and lows of investigative reporting in China”

The Committee to Protect Journalists has, along with the usual suspects like CMP, been following the case of Wang Keqin lately. They write about the latest here:

Veteran investigative journalist Wang Keqin has always been positive about his chosen career, characterizing media restrictions in China as a cycle with ups and downs. In an interview for CPJ’s October 2010 special report “In China, a debate on press rights,” he told CPJ that “there was a big fall-off in reporting freedom in 2008 and 2009” because of the Olympics and the 60th anniversary of Communist Party rule. But he and many of his colleagues in China anticipated a corresponding loosening of restrictions to follow, pushing the industry toward greater freedom and professionalism over time.

Last week, he had the same message. On July 15, the Hong Kong University-based China Media Project published “Muckraking on the rise in China,” a partial translation of a longer review of Chinese investigative reporting that Wang had posted on his blog on July 12. Wang looks back at 2010 as a “peak” point for in-depth journalism which “pushed investigative reporting in China to a new high.”

The latest development, however, marks another low: Wang’s investigative reporting unit at the China Economic Times was reported closed on Tuesday, and he has declined interviews with international reporters on the subject.

They go on to describe the fallout from the closing, and why Wang still feels optimistic about the future of his profession.

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