The Beijing News

Sale of stake in outspoken Beijing News may turn it into ‘propaganda mouthpiece’

The Beijing News (front) used to be free from Beijing municipal control. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing’s municipal propaganda department has taken over a stake in the city’s outspoken Beijing News daily newspaper, ending a decade of partial ownership by the Southern Media Group in which the paper did not shy away from reporting controversial issues.

Monday, 27 January, 2014, 3:54pm

Chinese netizens turn to metaphors to condemn, evade censorship

Chinese netizens turn to metaphors to condemn, evade censorship

If you think an ability to read Chinese is the prime skill required to understand China, you are wrong. Living in a country with harsh online censorship, you also need to understand Chinese metaphors.

10 Jan 2013 - 11:37pm 1 comment

China censorship storm spreads, Beijing paper publisher resigns in protest

A twitter photo of the Beijing News newsroom on Tuesday evening.

In the aftermath of a rare confrontation between Chinese journalists and Communist Party censors, the publisher of a large Beijing-based newspaper has resigned. 

10 Jan 2013 - 12:24am 1 comment

The Beijing News' night of sorrow

The neon light logo of the Beijing News is seen on the night of January 8, 2012. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Journalists' opposition to censorship and abuse of power by propaganda authorities has spread to Beijing as reporters at one of China's most highly regarded newspapers threaten to quit after being forced to publish an official edict.

9 Jan 2013 - 12:38pm 1 comment

Huge hunt for ex-PLA soldier in jailbreak

A massive manhunt is under way for a former PLA soldier who escaped from a prison in Shenzhou city, Hebei province, under the cover of heavy fog on Sunday morning, mainland media reported yesterday.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Railways debt under control, says new minister

New railways minister Sheng Guangzu said yesterday that the country's railway companies were about 1.8 trillion yuan (HK$2.13 trillion) in debt, but that it was 'within control'.

7 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

New curbs drive Beijingers to swamp car lottery website

Beijing residents have swamped a website set up to handle a new lottery for car number plates, with more than 53,000 signing up during the first 24 hours, according to mainland media.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Nine reasons why it all went wrong in bungled operation

Mainland criminologist Mei Jianming, an associate professor at the Chinese People's Public Security University in Beijing, says the Manila hostage crisis was a typical kidnapping and relatively uncomplicated.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Executive says the ability to deceive can signal success

Tang Jun, purportedly the highest-paid chief executive on the mainland who has been the centre of controversy over false credentials, said in an exclusive interview with a celebrity magazine on Monday that the ability to deceive the whole world is a symbol of success.

14 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Media snob appeal

The Beijing News, a new tabloid of impeccable pedigree, appeared on the newsstands last week. The sober front page, with its Xin Jing Bao masthead in the burnt sienna of the Forbidden City walls, did not cry out for attention among the scores of daily and weekly papers, but the 530,000 copies of the debut edition sold out on the day.

22 Nov 2003 - 12:00am