International Federation Of Journalists Urges China To
Investigate Political Interference With Lens Magazine
On May 7th, International Federation Of Journalists (IFJ)
issued a statement criticizing the Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) control on media.
The statement condemned the CCP punishing Lens magazine,
which exposed dark scenes of torture in Masanjia Labor Camp.
The statement said the publication and distribution of Lens
magazine had been greatly affected.
The stock and shares market has also been disturbed.
Voice of America cited an official of IFJ that
Chinese regime violated press freedom in dealing with Lens;
It was opaque and disgraceful.
If the CCP thought Lens issued inaccurate content,
it could seek other ways to solve it.
For example, by expecting the author to reply to
the question and correct the mistakes.
However, to stop Lens publication and cancel
their publication license, obviously, was autocratic.
Lens magazine, a subsidiary of SEEC Media Group in China,
has postponed two days of normal publications.
Now, it is unclear whether it is closed forever or only
In April, Lens issued a report titled “Walking Out Of
Masanjia Labor Camp”.
It exposed the abuse and torture cases of female inmates in
Masajia labor camp, Liaoning province, raising wide concern.
Associated Press said that this report was the most widely
read article from the four biggest news websites.
Central Commission For Discipline Inspection Talks
Empty On Petition Issue
On May 7th, Zhang Shaolong, deputy director of petition office
of the Central Commission For Discipline Inspection (CCDI)
said that it is wrong to let discipline inspection and supervision
bodies on all levels prevent normal petitioners.
It must not hold up petitioners in receptions and public areas.
Zhang emphasized that the public should obey the regulations,
going step by step.
One can’t go to appeal by crossing any level of official bodies.
Many netizens commented on the CCDI’s talk.
Someone said that it was a typical empty talking.
The CCD is neither legislature nor law enforcement agency or an administrative body.
It is only an internal discipline organ of the CCP.
What can they do about this issue? How do they
punish offices who hold up the petitioners?
People questioned they why they don’t say it directly:
are they not allowed to stop petitioners?
Did it imply: they would stop petitioners at private places,
such as at home, or on the street?
What do they mean “normal” petitioner? Is it implied that they
will catch any petitioner if they think one is “abnormal”?
It was said that the CCDI emphasized that
one couldn’t report across levels.
However, can they be trusted when the same level of
officials monitor each other?
Maybe the petitioners’ information would be leaked,
then they would experience revenge.