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“Right now journalists are a major public nuisance in our country… If these journalists were all lined up and shot, I would feel heartache for not a single one of them.
– Kong Qingdong (孔庆东), Chinese studies professor and co-author of Unhappy China 《中国不高兴》
Said in a recent interview which strayed into the territory of journalism and intellectualism in China. Kong Qingdong’s criticism was especially directed toward Guangdong’s Nanfang Media Group, which publishes Southern Weekly, Nanfang Daily and several other widely respected publications. Luckily, it seems many Chinese disagree with his hardline approach, arguing that journalistic freedom is essential for monitoring power and, at the very least, his uncivil tone was “unbefitting a professor at a leading Chinese university.”