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Paul Mooney – Self-censorship in SCMP

On April 22, Wang Xiangwei, the new editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post,informed me that my contract with the newspaper would not be renewed when it expired on May 21. I can’t say I was surprised.

Sitting in a hotel restaurant in Hong Kong on a hot April day, Wang stared down at the table as the conversation began, seemingly unwilling to make eye contact. After a few minutes of chit chat, I asked him directly about my contract. He fidgeted and said he would not be able to renew it due to budget problems.

To me it was clear that this was a political decision. For seven months, he had basically blocked me from writing any China stories for the newspaper. During that period, I only had two stories in the China pages of the newspaper–one on panda bears and one on compensation for AIDS victims. Some two dozen other story suggestions went unanswered by the China Desk–in one case a story was approved, but the editor told me Wang had overruled him. A half-dozen emails to Wang pleading to write more for the newspaper went unanswered.
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Global – Bloody Fur 血皮草

Human being is the only animal in the earth which kill other animals not for their meat for survival but covering with their fur to show off.

The following pictures were taken in Hebei, China.

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Global – 2009 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography 尤金史密斯人道主義攝影獎

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This year, the prize goes to a Chinese Photographer – Lu Guang. His pictures shows the dark side of China on pollutions which are always hidden behind beautiful scene by the Chinese government. As a Chinese, it is very heart breaking to see those picture. Anyway, i would like to let more people know the biggest challenge of human beings in the future is not about the financial tsunami or economic recession, but the health of our earth.

今年的尤金史密斯人道主義攝影獎得主係一位中國攝影家 – 盧廣。得獎的作品全都揭露係中國經濟繁榮的背後,環境破壞對人類的影響。作為中國人,看到這些相片令我很痛心,所以希望在此與其它人分享,不要只顧追求經濟發展,地球需要我們保護。