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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 Kingdom of Lies

The Kingdom of Lies

Unmasking the Demons of Charity

(p.61) 3 The Kingdom of Lies
Investigative Journalism in China

David Bandurski

Martin Hala

Ying Chan

Hong Kong University Press

In the 1990s, as charitable giving grew more common among China's burgeoning middle class, Project Hope, an education assistance program set up through the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF), became popular. The program offered a ray of hope for poor rural children whose families could not afford basic school fees. The project established an account for each child, and transferred donations, which would cover tuition and other basic costs, directly from the foundation to the child's local school. By the late 1990s, however, rumors of serious corruption at Project Hope surfaced. Though they did not sufficiently substantiate their claims, Hong Kong's Next magazine alleged problems with the foundation's accounts. The China Youth Development Fund launched a libel suit against Next in the Hong Kong courts, and on June 2000, Judge Andrew Chung ruled in the foundation's favor, ordering the magazine to pay $3.5 million HK in damages.

Keywords:   Project Hope, China Youth Development Foundation, corruption, Hong Kong, Next magazine, China

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