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Editorial dispute at Chinese biz magazine

October 13, 2009

David Barboza of The New York Times reports Tuesday on the inner turmoil at Chinese business magazine Caijing, which has led to mass resignations of its staff. The magazine has relationships with The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Barboza writes, “And Hu Shuli, considered the most powerful business editor in China, may be forced to resign from the magazine, which is based in Beijing.

“The dispute threatens to dismantle one of the country’s leading media properties, a thriving magazine published twice a month that specializes in investigating government corruption and corporate fraud. Caijing also has partnerships with The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

“For months, Ms. Hu, who as the magazine’s managing editor is its top editorial employee, and the magazine’s business managers have been locked in a struggle with Caijing’s owners over the magazine’s editorial policy, according to former employees and current staff members who asked not to be named because they feared for their jobs.

“The owners of the magazine have recently come under pressure from some within the government to tone down or drastically alter Caijing’s aggressive journalism, people at the magazine say. Caijing’s managers have told staff members that they have been fighting to maintain the magazine’s editorial integrity.”

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