Attacks on the Press
In President Hu Jintao's fourth year in power, his administration effectively silenced some of the best journalists in China by sidelining independent-minded editors, jailing online critics, and moving to restrict coverage of breaking news. The government drew international criticism for its actions against foreign news agencies and their employees--including convictions of Zhao Yan, a New York Times
researcher, and Ching Cheong, a correspondent for the Singapore-based Straits Times
--along with new rules appointing the official Xinhua News Agency as sole distributor of foreign news services in the country.