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Breaking through the Silence

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622091733.003.0003
Breaking through the Silence

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The facts in Zhang Jicheng's report suggested that HIV infection in the rural villages of Henan had reached epidemic proportions, and that infection was linked to blood collection centers, which had pooled blood by-products and re-injected them into donors. However, too few people at the national level took notice of Zhang's story, which had run in Huaxi Dushibao, a market-oriented metropolitan newspaper in China's western Sichuan Province. The newspaper had a considerably larger circulation than Zhang's own publication, Henan Science and Technology Daily, a newspaper run by the Henan Association for Science and Technology, but was apparently not influential enough at the time to make major ripples. The article did not go unnoticed, though, and Dr. Wang Shuping, whose actions this chapter discusses in some detail, later recalled having received a copy of Zhang's report in Beijing that January from a colleague working in Sichuan.

Keywords: Zhang Jicheng; HIV infection; Henan; Huaxi Dushibao; Sichuan; Henan Science and Technology Daily; Wang Shuping; China

Chapter.  12230 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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