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年过半百,经历坎坷.少年遇"文革",下乡八载,虽历经磨难,唯斗志不减,农耕间隙自学不辍,终守得云开日出,考进大学.大学毕业后先后经历了中学执教,国企管理,外企高管,最后回归重执教鞭.目前在家精心培养有志掌握英语的中小学生. 我最大的愿望就是看到孩子学有所成,桃李天下.

我新发表的文章《自律才能实现权利》  

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前言:《新快报》因没有管好自己的记者陈永洲而名声毁于 一旦。这里给人的教训太多。媒体被誉为社会良心,是监督权力,揭露黑暗,制衡腐败的最有效工具。没有媒体的声张正义,主持公道,没有记者的忘我工作和牺牲精神,社会将没有阳光。所以,总体上,媒体是永远值得尊敬的,记者更是不可或缺的。不能因为有少数媒体和记者的不当行为而抹黑整个媒体和全体记者。维护媒体和记者的合法采访报道权利是长期的任务。

然而,合法权利是保障很大程度上取决于媒体和记者的自律。他们应该意识到,他们手中的采访报道权实际上就是一种公权力,他们的真实报道可以将贪官拉下马,但他们的不实报道也可以让无辜者受到严重伤害。如果是明知而为的不法行为,更是会使自己的权利严重受损。

今年来,少数媒体和记者受利益驱使,制造假新闻,有偿新闻,这已不是新闻,而以报道名义的软性广告更是多如牛毛。为了生存,许多报社已经到了出卖良知,不择手段的地步。

和其他行业一样,媒体也有防腐反腐的需要。没有自律,哪有权利?

Self-discipline empowers rights

 

Wu Guangqiang

A RECENT event may have fascinated viewers with its twists and turns, but, with an unexpected ending, it has brought a heavy blow to Chinese society as a whole as well as to China’s press circles. The public may now be wondering if there is anyone still trustworthy.

On Oct. 24, Guangzhou-based newspaper New Express drew the attention of millions with a front-page commentary with the striking headline “Please Release Our Man,” demanding the immediate release of its reporter Chen Yongzhou, who was detained Oct. 18 by Changsha police on suspicion of releasing unverified and untrue stories about Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co., a Changsha-based listed company. On the following day, the paper issued an equally eye-catching editorial, repeating the same demand. “Small though our paper is, we have a backbone,” declared the paper.

Such an open confrontation between a newspaper and a government agency is very rare in China, as virtually all the newspapers are State-controlled.

Yet, such a courageous defiance of authority received a chorus of praise and support by some influential organizations and individuals. The All-China Journalists Association requested that the Ministry of Public Security ensure Chen’s safety and handle the matter in a “fair and legal” manner. Fan Yijin, head of the journalism school of Guangzhou-based Jinan University, said that even if there was hard evidence against Chen such as blackmail or taking bribes, police had no right to detain him before he stood trial. It appeared to be another case of abusive police suppressing civil rights.

The event took a U-turn on Oct. 26 when Chen appeared on China Central Television confessing that he had received a huge sum of money to write defamatory articles about Zoomlion, which caused massive damage to the company and heavy losses for stock investors. Astonishingly, Chen admitted that he had personally penned only one and a half of his articles (out of 18 pieces) attacking Zoomlion, with the others being verbatim copy of manuscripts offered by a middleman who allegedly bribed Chen to harm Zoomlion. However, New Express claimed in its editorial that it had carefully checked all Chen’s stories before publishing them, only to discover one minor error.

 The rest of the story is predictable: Chen’s journalist license has been revoked and he will stand trial. New Express has issued a public apology for its mistake and it is under “examination and rectification” by its parent company and a leadership reshuffle has taken place. Those who acted too rashly in support of Chen have begun condemning him in order to distance themselves from him.

What I’m deeply apprehensive about, however, is the cynicism and irritability that is pervasive throughout our society today. In this Chen Yongzhou farce, there was an alarming degree of breach of professional integrity, lack of professional maturity and manipulation of public opinions.

There is nothing wrong with safeguarding journalists’ legal rights to cover and report events, and their personal safety must be protected against illegal harassment and detention. Chinese journalists have been facing with a harsh environment as various forces try to stop them from uncovering the darker aspects of society. Chinese journalists’ rights are far from being well protected.

But the lack of self-discipline in some media organizations in turn hurts media’s flimsy rights. Some Chinese media and journalists have been notorious for producing fake news, paid news, and soft advertising disguised as news. Overseas, the media has also suffered a crisis of confidence for its misconduct. In the U.K., the Queen has given her approval for a new royal charter to regulate the press, meaning a tighter grip there. The move came following the News of the World scandal that revealed high-level phone hacking leading to the tabloid’s closure.

Ancient Chinese sage’s teachings are still relevant today: in pursuit of academic or occupational perfection, one must be in a desire-free state of mind like a stone; any onset of conceit or any avarice for money or fame will lead to his ruin. That is what we call self-discipline today. 

Clint Eastwood, an American film star, once said, “Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” Rights mean power, so only those who are upright, stick to professional ethics, and are extremely cautious with their power can use their rights properly. 

(The author is an English tutor and a freelance writer.)

 

  

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