Price on Nanjing survivor reports

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2005, 12:00am

Nanjing has caused a stir among journalists and academics by tightening control over access to survivors of the 1937 massacre and charging reporters 200 yuan per interview.

Requests for interviews with survivors surged ahead of the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Japan. 'You need to pay 200 yuan for each interview. It is a little donation to help survivors,' said an official at the Nanking Massacre Memorial Hall.

'We can't arrange interviews without approval. News is under tight control now,' the official said.

The mainland is using the 60th anniversary to encourage nationalism and put political pressure on Japan.

Reporters who have recently conducted interviews with survivors said the money apparently was given directly to interview subjects, who appeared to have been extensively coached on what answers to give to journalists.