Liu YunLiu Yun–There is unhealthy competition between the government and journalists, as demonstrated by New Express reporter Chen Yongzhou’s arrest across provincial lines. There is a complex background to the case, and it has received a lot of attention from both domestic and foreign media, who have questioned the legality of his arrest. They are also questioning whether or not the event is a way to suppress journalistic freedom. CCTV broadcast Chen’s confession before he has been judged by the court, and it isn’t clear that Chen had much of a choice about confessing to the crime. By broadcasting his confession before the trial, CCTV has violated the basic principles of justice, the rule of law, and the fundamental principles of objective journalism. (Posted Oct. 26, 2013)