The Unpublished FoxConn Story from ESWN

September 26, 2006 at 5:46 am (China, Companies, Economics, Law)


The following is a translation of a blog post by Southern Weekend reporter Fu Jianfeng (傅剑锋).  This is about the FoxConn-versus-China Business News case that Fu and his colleagues were working on, but never go to publish it after a ban was issued on further coverage.  So this is yet another case in which an unpublishable case found itself on the Internet instead, with all sorts of delicious details that could not have been published either.  This is a perfect illustration of how the Internet has transformed China …[more]

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China’s Courts shut their doors

September 17, 2006 at 5:38 pm (China, Law)

China derailed further from an open society by patching up a new rule against media’s access to courts. According to the new rule, national secrets, business secrets and private contents won’t be allowed to be reported. This is a panacea to all unfavorable reports the courts don’t like to see. Since everything can easily fall into the “secrets” and “privacy” catalog, the authorities now have the full liberty to decide what to be public and what not to be.

This is a brazen violation of the principles of a modern and public society.

Courts are aimed to serve the public by exerting final and indifferent authorities on issues that the public can’t sort out themselves. Their maintenance is relied solely on public fund. Every tax payer is the stock holder of courts and should be entitled proper rights. In an open society such as the U.S., court materials are open to citizens. Anyone can go to a court to review case documents. The federal courts put documents of every federal case on a public website.

Then you have China, where governments, although also maintained by public fund, hardly share their power with the public, and where the government legitimacy is established on force, rather than on public votes. That’s the fundamental reason why the authorities enjoy freedom to tamper and impose laws and regulations at will to oppress whatever they don’t want to see. And that’s also the fundamental reason why a few months ago the authority decided to force reporters away from reporting disasters.

By shutting their doors, current governments are steering away from the principles of an open and public society.

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