Ching Cheong

The editor who stood up to Beijing

Lee Tze-chung 1912-2012

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

Journalist tells of 1,000-day ordeal

When Ching Cheong was a pupil at the elite St Paul's College four decades ago, he made a name for himself as a bit of a troublemaker - not for bad conduct, but for his uncompromising outspokenness.

A head prefect, he refused to read the daily Bible passage for assembly because he was an atheist.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A history of squelching historians

You might think the life of a historian is boring, but certainly safe. Apart from a paper cut, how much danger can a historian ever face from his work?

That's not the case with China. Digging into the past can be perilous, even if all it means is browsing through old newspapers and books.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Freed journalist Ching back at his desk

Journalist Ching Cheong, who was detained on the mainland for almost three years, returned to work at the Hong Kong office of Singapore's The Straits Times yesterday.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Freed journalist back to work next week

Released Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong will resume work next Monday, after being held on the mainland for almost three years.

1 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Thursday Thinktank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 Flu outbreak causes schools to close ... and when exam time comes, teachers can expect every student to start coughing up a lung

2 Prostitutes demand more police protection ... and they don't just mean using a condom on the next undercover visit

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Local media shows itself to be sweet and sour

The past week has seen two very different media events in Hong Kong. The reappearance of beleaguered actor-singer Edison Chen Koon-hei on Thursday roughly coincided with the first press conference held by journalist Ching Cheong since his conditional release from a Guangzhou jail on spying charges.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Freed reporter upholds values of profession

It was no doubt coincidental, but the fact that face-the-media sessions were held separately by journalist Ching Cheong and disgraced actor-singer Edison Chen Koon-hei at almost the same time on Thursday could not be more ironic.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Released reporter keen to cover Olympics, despite family's fears

Freed journalist Ching Cheong wants to go to Beijing to cover the Olympics, as he continues his career in reporting China's news after being released from a mainland prison.

He would also like to help resolve any crisis between the mainland and Taiwan if war broke out.

'The Olympics has been the Chinese people's dream for a century,' he said.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

I didn't spy for Taiwan, says released journalist

Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong insisted on his innocence as he spoke in public for the first time since being freed from a Guangzhou prison, vowing he had not spied for Taiwan.

He also called on the mainland authorities to grant amnesty to more prisoners, to enhance social harmony in the run-up to this summer's Beijing Olympics.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

I thought of ending it all, Ching says

Writer reveals he considered suicide during his darkest days in prison

Speaking of his time behind bars, freed journalist Ching Cheong revealed that he had once thought of ending his life in his darkest days.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Wife of academic hopes for amnesty

Qu Liqiu, the wife of jailed mainland academic Lu Jianhua, hopes the mainland authorities will grant an amnesty to her husband following a call by freed journalist Ching Cheong for an amnesty in the year of the Olympics.

'I hope more people, especially those who are innocent, will be given an amnesty,' Mrs Qu said. 'Of course I hope Lu Jianhua will be freed, too.'

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Record number of students may apply to Taiwan universities

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Freed reporter to meet press

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The long road

After repeated disappointments over the past several years, the wishes of the Hong Kong community finally came true last Tuesday when journalist Ching Cheong was unexpectedly freed on parole by Chinese authorities and allowed to come home.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am