Inside Story of Beijing TV Anchor’s Dismissal
On Wednesday, former “Beijing TV host Hu Ziwei
blogged about how she was fired five years ago.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) censorship
and its enforcers have once again been exposed.
This has become the focus and critique of public opinion,
and is resonating among Mainland media employees.
On January 16, Hu Ziwei wrote in a blog that in
August 2007, she was part of the news production team.
She also reported the news stories.
She received a call from an elderly
woman during her business trip.
The woman was complaining that something
was wrong with her brand new refrigerator,
but the manufacture failed to repair it for her.
With the help from the TV station,
the refrigerator was later fixed.
However, this piece of new got Hu Ziwei dismissed
from both her producer duties and anchor position.
Hu Ziwei revealed that this was prior to the Olympic Games,
and Beijing TV had been asked to stop all negative reports.
The person in the censorship team
decided her story was a criticizing report.
She was also criticized for being irresponsible,
as she discredited a national brand.
In addition, she was blamed for the sluggish sales
that the company had in the European market.
She was also blamed for having a negative
impact on Chinese national enterprises.
Hu Ziwei’s blog captured the attention of the
public, and the Mainland media employees.
Ma Xiaoming, a former Shaanxi TV reporter, pointed
out that under the harsh censorship of the CCP,
similar incidents have happened to many media people.
Ma Xiaoming, former Shaanxi TV
reporter: “I was one of them.
I presided over the program during
the June 4th pro-democracy movement.
I mentioned some of the information, and was dismissed
from my job, and even lost my qualification as an editor.
I was convicted for a serious violation
of the party’s propaganda disciplines.”
Zhu Xinxin, former editor at Hebei People’s Radio:
“There is no press law in China, and the authorities
follow their own hidden rules and internal standards.
They decide the guilt of others, and
is a total fascist and mafia approach.
The censors are those paid party supporters,
the so-called Fifty Cent Party. What they do are evil, ugly deeds.”
Hu Ziwei disclosed that censorship is
constituted by retired senior media people.
They live a repressed and distorted life.
However, in the twilight years, they still cannot
resist, and continue to support the evil forces.
She also mentioned that the editor in chief
that fired her was forced to leave later.
She lamented: “This is a jungle. We all have to survive,
and sooner or later, we have to pay the price.”
Freelance writer Liu Yiming pointed out that
Hu Ziwei’s experience is typical in Chinese media.
Liu Yiming: “I am sure that many in the media were
dismissed due to false accusations or erroneous judgments.
It happened before and will happen
again. She will not be the last one.
What we know is only the tip of the iceberg.
Many media people were also forced to leave,
for providing objective and truthful coverage.”
Zhu Xinxin, former editor of Hebei People’s Radio,
commented that those censors are the CCP’s
hidden secret agents within the media.
They play an important role
suppressing freedom of speech.
Our nation suffers tremendously because
of this persecution of freedom of press.
Zhu Xinxin: “We need to find those people
and remember them for their evil deeds.
In the future, they should be punished for their sins.
We need to put them on our blacklist and keep
a close eye on them, so they will be worried.
Otherwise, they will become more
outrageous and more rampant.”
In the beginning of this year, the
“Southern weekly” incident occurred.
Editors and reporters of the outspoken
“Southern Weekly” exposed censorship.
This aroused the support and anger of
Chinese journalists, and the wider community.
People stood up one after another to protest.
Zhu Xinxin highlights that on the surface,
media resources seem to be plenty.
However, compared with public opinion on the
internet, it looks more like an isolated island.
Mainstream media is no longer the mainstream.
In public opinion, it has been marginalized.