Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM
Chang Ping (长平), a journalist at the Southern Media Group, was forced to quit at the end of January. The Guardian reported that Chang said "It is not just because of one particular article, it is because I have always written critical articles." In 2008, during the time of the Tibet riots, Chang Ping wrote an editorial in Southern Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) saying that reporting of Tibet should be more open. After that, he had quietly gone back to working for the Southern Media Group.
Chang Ping speaks to Danwei just before the Spring Festival break about the forced resignation.
Danwei: In your interview to foreign media, you said that “being resigned” was due to your accumulated essays rather than individual essays. Why are you “being resigned” now?
Danwei: In your point of view, talking in the short term, when will Chinese media become relatively loosened up?
Danwei: What social phenomenon have you been concerned about recently, why have you been concerned about it?
Danwei: Has the recent resignation from the Southern Weekly Group directly affected your output?
Danwei: In your lecture at Fudan University, you said: “In Weibo, many people are yelling out extremist slogans. But if they weren't controlled, it would be interesting. Our society is multivalent and diversified. Everybody should have a platform to speak out. We don't need everybody to advocate liberalism and democracy. The key is whether everybody can have their own voices.” Talking in terms of Sina microblog, blogs and websites, will you transfer most of your work onto the internet? If not, why not?
Danwei: I remember that you were dismissed after writing about Tibet, and didn’t take any foreign media interviews, why are you accepting interviews now?
Danwei: I heard you had future plans to write books?
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