Media Law in China
Guest Speaker: Professor Fu Hualing of the Faculty of Law
Lecturer: Sky Canaves
Professor Fu will introduce the authoritarian structure of the Chinese media and look at the challenges it is facing through commercialization and the growth of social media such as Weibo.
Sky, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal in China, will look at some of the key challenges faced by journalists in China, including regulations on reporting, obstacles to the coverage of sensitive topics, and the laws on the state secrets.
• Reporting on the Mainland (Chapter 9), Hong Kong Media Law
• Foreign Correspondents Club of China Reporters’ Guide, available at http://www.fccchina.org/reporters-guide/
• Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on News Coverage by Permanent Offices of Foreign Media Organizations and Foreign Journalists (Decree of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China No. 537), available at http://ipc.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wgjzzhznx/fj/t541164.htm
• Introduction, “The Journalism Tradition” and Chapter One, “The Danger of Libel: Wu Fang’s Search for Justice,” in Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases of Watchdog Journalism, edited by Bandurski and Hala (HKU Press 2010), pp. 1-33.
Li and Weisenhaus, “China,” Encyclopedia of Journalism (Sage 2009)
–Shi Tao (PRC journalist imprisoned for 10 years for “revealing state secrets to foreigners” after Yahoo revealed his online identity)
–Ching Cheong (HK-based journalist convicted in 2006 on spying charges)
–Liu Xiaobo (PRC writer sentenced to 11 years in prison for subversion, winner of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize)