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IFJ Report Highlights Chinese Regime’s Crackdown on Media

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The Chinese regime has intensified its clampdown on media in 2009, according to a report from the International Federation of Journalists—or IFJ.

The report, titled “China Clings to Control: Press Freedom in 2009” was released in Hong Kong on Sunday.

It lists 62 topics the Chinese regime forbids its domestic media to report on, including:
• The 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre,
• ethnic riots in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region,
• organ transplants at Sun Yatsen University,
• disease outbreaks and severe health defects caused by pollution, and
• large scale public protests.

Media were also prohibited from traveling to Sichuan Province during the anniversary of the earthquake.

In some cases domestic media were instructed to only use reports of the state-run Xinhua news agency, such as the Sanlu poisoned milk scandal and U.S. President Obama’s visit.

Chinese Human Rights Defenders helped IFJ compile the report. They say it is not complete because of difficulties in getting information in China.