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“We have aid scheme for our Journalists”

…Says All China Journalists Association’s Rong  Changhai

April 19, 2018 By Joseph S. Margai in Beijing, China

Director of the International Liaison Department at the All China Journalists Association, Rong Changhai (left)

Director of the International Liaison Department of the All China Journalists Association, Rong Changhai, has informed African journalists in Beijing at a special meeting organised by the China-Africa Press Centre on Tuesday, that in January 2014 they established an aid scheme to compensate their members who get injured in the course of discharging their lawful responsibilities.

Rong Chanhai revealed that since the commencement of the scheme, they have dished out 1.9 million Chinese Yuan, which is equivalent to over US$302,147 to 30 journalists who got injured or disabled while reporting in the field.

He revealed that the scheme does not only benefit Chinese journalists but foreign journalists working for Chinese media, adding that a foreign journalist who was working for a Chinese medium in Afghanistan who got injured received 300,000 Chinese Yuan, which is approximately US$47,695 from the scheme.

He said the association has over one million journalists from 218 journalists unions in China, although only 240 journalists have been licensed.

“Journalists must be employed by a recognised news organisation, passing a set national examination before being issued a license and press card to become a member of the All China Journalists Association,” he said.

He said the association performs the following functions – self-discipline of its members, conduct training for members, protect member’s legal rights, awarding professional practice, etc.

He recalled that that in 2017, they dished out 500 awards to various categories of winners and that the best award winning journalist received the sum of 100,000 Chinese Yuan, which is equivalent to over US$15,912.

Rong Chanhai, who revealed there is no private media in China, said the association’s sources revenue from the government, membership subscription, donations from companies, social organisations and individuals.

He said if a journalist is stopped to interviewing someone or to access certain place, they will intervene and solve the issue in the interest of the journalist.

However, he said that in the area of fake news, the association works closely with the government to investigate and if a journalist is found guilty, their license would be withdrawn.

He revealed there are currently 700 foreign journalists stationed in China and the association is aware of their presence and the work they do.

In the area of exchange programmes, he said every year the association receives 30 journalists from other countries while 20 Chinese journalists go the other way.

Quizzed as to whether Chinese media report on China-United States of America’s trade war has not helped to create more conflict, he hastened to say that in his view, Chinese media report on the current trade disputes has been objective.

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