Authorities tackle dissent skilfully, says sacked editor The authorities are adopting more sophisticated measures to muzzle dissenting voices in the media, according to a maverick writer. Wang Guangze , a former editor of 21st Century Business Herald, said his recent dismissal by the newspaper was a sign that the authorities had learned to be more skilful in controlling the popular press. Wang, 32, was recently invited to the United States, where he gave a speech on how the internet was changing the political landscape on the mainland. Upon his return, he received notification from the newspaper that he had been fired because he failed to pass two consecutive appraisal reviews. Wang is convinced that his dismissal is related to his speech at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, this month. 'I notified them about my trip there and they were talking about my promotion before I left for the US. It is impossible that they did not fire me because of the presentation,' he said. In his speech, Wang argued that despite tight controls by the authorities, the internet was reshaping the mainland's political landscape and civil society. The World Wide Web, he argued, provided a forum for the emergence of independent voices and, in some instances, forced the authorities to respond to public outcry. He said that the authorities were adopting more sophisticated and subtle methods to punish independently minded intellectuals. 'Although they do it subtly, they are cruel. I lost my job and I don't know where my enemies are,' he said. 'They have left no trace of what they have done and nobody even told me what's wrong. I wanted to find an editor to tell me why I was fired and I could not even find one.' Wang said it was not the first time an employer had subjected him to political pressure. He said he was banned from reporting for Legal Daily five years ago after he agreed to help the girlfriend of dissident Wu Yilong, who was arrested for campaigning for greater political freedom. 'At that time a lot of people called up Legal Daily and asked for help,' he said. 'I just didn't think there was anything wrong in helping when [Wu's] girlfriend called. 'As long as someone is taken to court, he has the right to a lawyer, no matter what the charge.'