Cheng Yizhong, Former Chief Editor of Southern Metropolis Daily and The Beijing News, will give a talk to JMSC students on Thursday 20 January.

The lecture is called Reflections of a Mainland Publisher and will be delivered in Putonghua.

About the Talk
Outstanding publishers in contemporary China have long struggled for greater press freedom. Serving as the chief editor of Southern Metropolis Daily, Mr. Cheng Yizhong insisted on reporting the spread of SARS in 2003, despite government restrictions. He was punished after Southern Metropolis Daily broke the story of the death of Sun Zhigang in 2003. Sun was a young migrant worker and the story resulted in the repeal of China’s law on detention and repatriation.

Where are the boundaries of free speech in mainland China? Have Chinese journalists achieved the most they possibly can in terms of expression, given the institutional limitations they face today? What is the first priority in running a newspaper? Mr. Cheng will address these and other issues in this JMSC public lecture.

About the Speaker:
Cheng Yizhong is the vice-president of the Modern Media Group and executive publisher of Asian Business Leaders. He was a founder and former chief editor of Southern Metropolis Daily and The Beijing News. Because of his dedication to journalistic professionalism and the pursuit of press freedom, he won the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize in 2005.

Date: 20 January, 2011(Thursday)
Time: 5:30 to 7pm
Venue: T7, Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong
The lecture will be conducted in Putonghua.

Enquiries: jmsc@hku.hk / All are welcome, no registration required

17 January 2011

Jan 20: Lecture – Reflections of a Mainland Publisher

Cheng Yizhong, Former Chief Editor of Southern Metropolis Daily and The Beijing News, will give a talk to JMSC students on Thursday 20 January. The lecture is called Reflections of a Mainland Publisher and will be delivered […]