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New interactive website on press freedom violations in China


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launches an interactive website on press freedom violations in China, covering the period from 2008 to present.

The website, funded under a National Endowment for Democracy Project, presents a record of press freedom violations including short descriptions of each violation, the date and the location of each incident. The website will be regularly updated as the IFJ continues to monitor attacks against journalists, violations of journalists' rights, censorship and threats to freedom of expression and the right to information.

Having monitored press freedom in China for over ten years, the IFJ has observed Chinese authorities using newer and more innovative methods to track the activities of journalists, increasing the risks faced by journalists in carrying out their work.

As established in the IFJ Annual China Press Freedom Reports, the number of violations between 2011 and 2012 increased. The suppression also extended to Hong Kong, where the media in Hong Kong faced significant interference by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-Ying and other politicians.

"Press freedom is a human right and the media must be able to perform their professional duties without fear and intimidation," the IFJ Asia-Pacific Office said. "This interactive website will provide a longtitudinal and up to date record of press freedom violations including details on the nature and extent of incidents throughout China. It is expected that the tool will support increased awareness on the situation of press freedom in China and provide accessible information for analysis."

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