China's Independent Caijing Magazine Faces Uncertain Future
The influential Chinese business magazine Caijing may be about to lose its founder and managing editor, Hu Shuli. Many consider her the most powerful business editor in China.
She founded Caijing in 1998, Ms. Hu has led it to become one of the most independent publications inside China. She is known for pushing the boundaries of reporting in a country with very little media freedom.
But the magazine is facing turmoil. It’s under increasing pressure from its state-run owners and Chinese authorities to tone down its aggressive reporting on so-called “sensitive issues” like government corruption. Several key staff, including the general manager, have resigned.
If the magazine breaks apart, it would be a blow to media freedom inside China. But there’s some speculation that if Ms. Hu resigns, she would found another similar venture.