A Free and Fettered Press

Friday, February 17, 2006


If China can limit the reach of American media companies, it can completely quash its own recalcitrant party-run publications. In late January, the Propaganda Department shut down Freezing Point, a popular weekly insert to the China Youth Daily. Although the supplement was known for taboo reporting on farmer protests and other social unrest, New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Joseph Kahn tells Bob that it wasn't one of those stories that put the freeze on Freezing Point.

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