The Danger of Libel

David Bandurski, Martin Hala and Ying Chan

in Investigative Journalism in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622091733
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207066 | DOI:
The Danger of Libel

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On August 8, 1996, Lu Yuegang's story about Wu Fang's attack and local politics in Shaanxi ran on the front page of China Youth Daily. Wang Baojing circulated an open letter saying China Youth Daily had set out to destroy his reputation. He denied the accusations in Lu Yuegang's report, saying that neither he himself nor Fenghuo had ever been showered with political favors. On August 26, Wang Baojing, Wang Nongye, and the secretary of the Fenghuo Village Committee Lu Wen filed a libel suit with the Xi'an Municipal People's Court against both Lu Yuegang and China Youth Daily. The question of jurisdiction emerged early on as a key issue. According to one reading of Chinese libel law, cases had to be tried in a court either where the alleged crime took place—in this case, in Beijing, the location of the offices of China Youth Daily—or in a court where the “act had effect.”

Keywords: Lu Yuegang; Wu Fang; China Youth Daily; Wang Baojing; jurisdiction; libel law; Beijing; China

Chapter.  7347 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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