The FCCC has received many recent reports of pressure on Chinese news assistants and a general tightening of oversight on them, after several years of increasing freedom. We’d like to remind members that it is illegal under Chinese law for assistants to conduct “independent reporting.” Punishments for those assistants deemed to have overstepped the bounds have in the past ranged from warnings to detentions and a ban on working for foreign news organizations.
Please keep your assistants’ safety in mind when reporting and gathering news in China.
For more guidance on working with Chinese assistants, please see this section of the Reporters’ Guide.
FCCC Professional Committee