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Vietato alla stampa cinese di riportare sulla situazione dei prigionieri

La Federazione Internazionale dei Giornalisti (International Federation of Journalists) condanna gli ordini dati alla stampa cinese dal Dipartimento Centrale di Propaganda e  dall’Ufficio delle Prigioni, nel paese asiatico. Questi ordini pretendono che nessuna notizia venga divulgata dalla stampa cinese a meno che la stessa non origini dai canali ufficiali di comunicazione del Partito. In particolare i giornalisti cinesi non dovrebbero riportare notizie su abusi e morti di persone incarcerate. La causa di questa nuova misura sono stati i notiziari e gli articoli distribuiti riguardo alla morte in prigione di Liu Yushan, trovato morto nella prigione di Gaoming.

Segue l’articolo in inglese ripreso dal sito della Laogai di Washington e dal sito della Federazione Internazionale dei Giornalisti [1]

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns instructions to media issued by China’s Prison Bureau and Central Propaganda Department that they must only report information distributed through official channels.

The order, dated April 10, prevents journalists from reporting on the welfare, death or injury of prison inmates unless the information is sourced from the Prison Bureau. The Central Propaganda Department reportedly said such information could be manipulated and used against prison authorities.

The addition of this topic to China’s list of banned topics occurs shortly after the publication of news reports about the suspicious circumstances of the death of Liu Yushan, 35, an inmate at Gaoming District Prison, who was discovered dead at the prison.

After reportedly finding bruises on his son’s body and injuries to his feet, Liu?s father has challenged official reports that he died of a heart attack.

Meanwhile, interference by provincial officials continues to disrupt journalists? work on other issues.

The IFJ learned that the editor of the government-owned website http://www.tianshannet.com.cn [2] , Wang Dahao, was forced to resign after writing an article criticising an instruction by the Education Bureau of Urumchi, Xinjiang Province that all students memorise the name of the local official leader.

Media follow-up reportedly angered Wang’s supervisor. At an April 7 meeting, local officials threatened that Wang would be investigated by the security bureau by if he remained at his post, Wang reported on his blog.

“Freedom of information enters dangerous territory when journalists are forced to rely solely on official sources about incidents involving government-run institutions,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

“Governments should operate on the basis of transparency and accountability. Imposing restrictions on journalists who are, by profession, guardians of the public interest demonstrates how far China has to travel to achieve openness.”

The IFJ reiterates its call for China’s national authorities to ensure that all levels of government adhere to the principles of freedom of expression, which are essential to China becoming an open and free society.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide