While I was surfing the Global Voices website a few days ago, I read about the Journalist’s Day in China celebrated on November 8th. The day was officially marked by the Communist Party in 2000. According to the post on Global Voices, the day’s history traced back to a reporter, Liu Yu-sheng of the newspaper, Jiang Sheng Daily. He was prosecuted by the Kuomintang (the Chinese Nationalist Party that lost the civil war in China and fled to Taiwan) in 1932 and executed in 1933 under the charge of pro-communist stand. Later, it was discovered that Liu had written investigative report criticizing the local government. However, the post on China Media Project seems more fitting because the All-China Journalists Association was founded on November 8, 1937. Anyhow, the Communist Party observed the day giving out awards and all while media censorship continues.

There was some good news with cyber-dissident and pro-democracy activist, Jiang Lijun released from prison after serving four years. Others like Shi Tao and Li Zhi remained in prison. Media censorship is not new as evidenced in the life of China’s first journalism rebel Shao Piaoping. During Shao’s days, he was fighting the country with one man’s will “to die as a journalist.” In this day and age, I hope more people will join this fight so we won’t see any more journalists’ lives taken away.

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