The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Friday, June 03, 2005

June 3, 2005

Top news of the day

Detention – Ching Cheong (程翔)
Open letter reveals Ching’s work relationship with President Hu Jintao
多维追击:妻子公开信爆料程翔为胡锦涛工作, June 3, 2005
In an Open Letter to President Hu Jintao, Mary Lau, the wife of the detained journalist, revealed that Ching Cheong had helped the central government to gather opinions from intellectuals and government officials on various Hong Kong issues. Law was shocked by the news of the detention of academics Lu Jianhua (陸建華) and Chen Hui (陳輝) because Ching and Lu were good friends. In 2001, Ching interviewed Lu many times on Taiwan, Sino-US relations, and other Chinese public policy.

Media – press freedom / media censorship
Live broadcast of CNN interview with New Zealand Premier blackout when mentioning human rights issues in China
Voice of America, May 31, 2005
China censored CNN interview with Helen Clark, the visiting New Zealand Premier. The interview was blackout for 15 second on TV when the Premier commented on human right conditions in China.


Detention – Ching Cheong (程翔)
The Two Faces of China's Leadership
LA Times, June 2, 2005

Detention – Lu Jianhua (陸建華) and Chen Hui (陳輝) / State secrets
New crackdown over state secrets
SCMP, June 3, 2005

Detention – Zhao Yan (趙岩)
Prosecutors Take Chinese Researcher Case
AP via, June 2, 2005

At least 71 dead, 58 missing as China rains destroy thousands of homes
AFP via, June 3, 2005

Inequality in access to education more alarming than growing income disparity
China Youth Daily, June 3, 2005

Pollution blights many cities in China
China Daily, June 3, 2005

Pollution in cities and seas the toughest clean-up task
SCMP, June 3, 2005

Governance and accountability
Government set to announce new regulations specifying standards and criteria for auditing government officials’ performance
“考官”新法 引而待发
Nanfang Weekend, June 2, 2005

Labour-Work safety and conditions
473 provinces have yet to install safety monitoring systems
The Beijing News, June 3, 2005

Beijing Olympic organisers hold first sponsor workshop
People’s Daily via China National News, June 3, 2005