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The Kingdom of Lies

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/9789622091733.003.0004
The Kingdom of Lies

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In the 1990s, as charitable giving grew more common among China's burgeoning middle class, Project Hope, an education assistance program set up through the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF), became popular. The program offered a ray of hope for poor rural children whose families could not afford basic school fees. The project established an account for each child, and transferred donations, which would cover tuition and other basic costs, directly from the foundation to the child's local school. By the late 1990s, however, rumors of serious corruption at Project Hope surfaced. Though they did not sufficiently substantiate their claims, Hong Kong's Next magazine alleged problems with the foundation's accounts. The China Youth Development Fund launched a libel suit against Next in the Hong Kong courts, and on June 2000, Judge Andrew Chung ruled in the foundation's favor, ordering the magazine to pay $3.5 million HK in damages.

Keywords: Project Hope; China Youth Development Foundation; corruption; Hong Kong; Next magazine; China

Chapter.  5712 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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