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Pioneering Chinese editor announces new venture

Pioneering Chinese editor announces new venture

The founding editor of a hard-driving Chinese magazine has taken the helm at another publication, her company said in a statement Wednesday, nearly two months after she walked away from her last magazine over editorial differences with the publisher.
Hu Shuli resigned in November from Caijing, a financial news magazine she helped found 11 years ago and that under her guidance pushed boundaries with the country's censors and chased stories that embarrassed the government.
Its aggressive reporting on SARS in 2003 forced the government to acknowledge the scope of the crisis _ which it had tried to keep secret _ and to change the way it handles public health scares.
A statement from Hu's company, Caixin Media, said she has taken over as executive editor of New Century News, a general news magazine owned by the China Institute for Reform and Development, a think tank.
The short statement said Hu has also been appointed a senior researcher at the institute but gave no information about the future direction of New Century News under Hu's control.
There has been wide speculation that Hu would launch a new magazine following her departure from Caijing but concern that any new venture would not be as bold or influential as Caijing. The magazine and a handful of other mainland publications such as Southern Metropolis Weekly have led efforts to make Chinese media more probing and independent.
Caijing employees said earlier that Hu left because the magazine's publisher, SEEC Media Group, refused her requests to give editorial staff more money and greater authority over content. Most of the magazine's business and editorial staff also resigned in a show of support for Hu though it has continued to publish under a new editor.


Updated : 2021-05-15 01:56 GMT+08:00