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Investigative Journalism in ChinaEight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism$
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David Bandurski and Martin Hala

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622091733

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622091733.001.0001

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The Danger of Libel

The Danger of Libel

Wu Fang’s Search for Justice

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(p.18) (p.19) 1 The Danger of Libel
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Investigative Journalism in China
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David Bandurski

Martin Hala

Ying Chan

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622091733.003.0002

On August 8, 1996, Lu Yuegang's story about Wu Fang's attack and local politics in Shaanxi ran on the front page of China Youth Daily. Wang Baojing circulated an open letter saying China Youth Daily had set out to destroy his reputation. He denied the accusations in Lu Yuegang's report, saying that neither he himself nor Fenghuo had ever been showered with political favors. On August 26, Wang Baojing, Wang Nongye, and the secretary of the Fenghuo Village Committee Lu Wen filed a libel suit with the Xi'an Municipal People's Court against both Lu Yuegang and China Youth Daily. The question of jurisdiction emerged early on as a key issue. According to one reading of Chinese libel law, cases had to be tried in a court either where the alleged crime took place—in this case, in Beijing, the location of the offices of China Youth Daily—or in a court where the “act had effect.”

Keywords:   Lu Yuegang, Wu Fang, China Youth Daily, Wang Baojing, jurisdiction, libel law, Beijing, China

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