Fang and Repnikova Discuss the Slow Demise of China's Southern Weekly for Foreign Policy

Doctoral Student Kecheng Fang and PARGC Postdoctoral Fellow Maria Repnikova write for Foreign Policyabout how financial pressures and censorship have led to the demise of Nanfang Zhumo, or the Southern Weekly: a publication that was once one of China's most influential liberal newspapers. The article coincides with the second anniversary of the Southern Weekly incident, in which "hundreds of protesters gathered in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in support of... Southern Weekly, in a rare standoff against local propaganda officials."

Fang, a former journalist at Southern Weekly who experienced the incident, also presented this case study at a January 22, 2015 event hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China where Repnikova provided commentary on the overall media environment in China during these two years and Annenberg Professor Guobin Yang served as moderator.