記者/秦雪 編輯/張天宇 後製/陳建銘
Yanhuang Chunqiu Magazine has internal disagreements.
Following the recent “incident of changing competent
authority agency" and “the major change of personnel"in recent months,
it has been reported that the mainland (outspoken) magazine
is experiencing internal disagreements along with resignations
of key positions.
The media quoted insider sources, reporting their is internal
turmoil and debate,
on how best to deal with the current issue of the Central Propaganda
Department(CPD) of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP),
is preparing to manage and control the magazine.
“Radio Free Asia" cited insider sources, saying, in an internal
meeting of “Yanhuang Chunqiu" held on Nov. 5,
the president of the magazine Du Daozheng
and Managing Director Wu Si,
had a major disagreement between themselves on how
to best deal with the problem of CPD preparing to manage
and control the magazine.
The report says that Wu Si objected tot Du Daozheng’s
invitation of two members of the “2nd Red Generation",
to take senior positions at “Yanhuang Chunqiu" magazine.
He was worried that this will intensify the contradictions
between them and CPD, thus incuring more strokes from CPD.
“Yanhuang Chunqiu" Associate Editor Yang Jisheng:
“They have different views and there exists different views,
different views on the issue of the CPD disposing
“Yanhuang Chunqiu" magazine. This is true.
The CPD requires to manage and control the magazine,
but Du Daozheng doesn‘t agree nor accepts CPD,
and keeps up his fight against the CPD.
Wu Si considered that Du Daozheng had an excessive
but believes CPD’s intention to control and manage
is a just normal way of action to changing authority.
Its merely about a different view."
On Sept. 15 of this year, authorities ordered “Yanhuang
Chunqiu" magazine to replace the direct competent
authority agency within two months.
To this end, “Yanhuang Chunqiu" magazine held a plenary
session last month, the outgoing president
Du Daozheng announced his retirement.
Mr Hu Deping took the position of president of the magazine,
who is the eldest son of Hu Yaobang, former Head of CCP.
Mr Lu De took the Standing Vice President position and legal
representative, who is the son of Lu Dingyi,
former Deputy Prime Minister of the State Council of CCP.
Du Daozheng told the media, his reasons why he chose Hu Deping
and Lu De, who are both members of “2nd Red Generation",
for their roles in Yanhuang Chunqiu,
was mainly to contend with the intervention of the Ministry
of Culture and to uphold the magazine’s editorial policy and
original ideology via their political relations and influence.
But clearly, the managerial level of “Yanhuang Chunqiu"
magazine appeared to have different views on Du Daozheng,
some even resigning their positions.
“Free Asia Radio" quoted an insider saying, the Executive Editor
Huang Zhong submitted a written resignation on Nov. 3rd,
because he expressed that he could not
accept the decision of hiring Hu Deping and Lu De.
He argues that to use the approach of some members of the
“2nd Red Generation" to restrict other members
of the “2nd Red Generation" is a compromise,
and it is impossible to change the decision of the authorities
changing the competent agency of the magazine.
In addition, the rumour that Deping did not agree to take
the presidents role of “Yanhuang Chunqiu" magazine,
Yang Jisheng said Du Deping has verbally agreed to take over
the responsibility of the position as advised by Du Daozheng,
but finds himself blocked by some formalities.
Yang Jisheng: “He (Du) has verbally agreed, but some formalities
are being processed. He verbally agrees to take the position.
But the formalities of joining the magazines personnel
department are being processed and await approval.
In the past we did not have any formalities
for joining the magazine. This is being processed.
It is hard to say whether the formalities are approved or not."
Yang Jisheng said, the trend that “Yanhuang Chunqiu"
will be managed and controlled by the Ministry of Culture
has become irreversible,
and for the future of the magazine, he was pessimistic.
Yang Jisheng : “We the arm cannot resist the thigh,
there is no way for us to refuse this trend.
The top competent authority agency has finished
the transferral formalities, but we have done nothing.
We are discussing this but there is no definite opinion.
To adhere to the original policy of the magazine is not easy."
In recent years, outspoken “Yanhuang Chunqiu" magazine
has suffered pressures by the authorities on many occasions,
but the magazine went on again and again.
However this time, how will the fate of altering the competent
authority agency of the magazine play out?
We must wait to find out in the not too distant future.
Interview/QinXue Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/Chen Jianming