Nieman Foundation to train Chinese officials

The New York Times reports:

About 40 Chinese officials are to visit Harvard at the end of June for a weeklong training session. Bob Giles, curator of the Nieman Foundation, said he was helping plan a program on topics including the First Amendment, how a free press operates and what the Chinese can expect that journalists will want to know...

"The reaction was visceral right off the bat," [a correspondent for National Public Radio Howard] Berkes said yesterday. He said he objected to lending the program's good name to a repressive government to teach tactics that could be used to thwart reporters."

New York Times: Chinese Officials to Get Press-Relations Training

The Nieman Foundation has cancelled the plans to train the Chinese officials:
AP: Nieman Foundation ends China program

There's commentary on Billsdue and China Herald.

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