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China journalist 'quit' newspaper after official pressure

Published on Feb 28, 2013 9:11 PM
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Mr Wang Keqin sits in the field, interviewing villagers in Fujian in 2004. One of China's most celebrated journalists, Mr Wang, has left the Economic Observer, it confirmed on Thursday, Feb 28, 2013, after what two of his colleagues said was official pressure over a series of investigative reports. -- FILE PHOTO: SIM CHI YIN

BEIJING (AFP) - One of China's most celebrated journalists has left an outspoken newspaper, it confirmed on Thursday, after what two of his colleagues said was official pressure over a series of investigative reports.

Wang Keqin, whose decades of breaking stories have brought him nationwide fame, worked for the Economic Observer, a weekly known for its investigations, but left after a reporting team he led was shut down following government pressure.

China came 174th in a list of 179 countries ranked for press freedom in 2011-12 by advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, falling three places compared to the previous year.

The Economic Observer takes inspiration from Britain's Financial Times, and is known for its free-market stance on economic issues and relatively outspoken criticism of government policy.

 
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