Hu Xijin

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Hu Xijin (Chinese: 胡锡进 ; pinyin: Hú Xījìn; born 1960 in Beijing[1]) is a Chinese journalist and editor of the Global Times, a state-controlled newspaper in the People's Republic of China.

Biography[edit]

After graduating with a master's degree in Russian literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1989, Hu began his career as a journalist at the People's Daily. Working as a foreign correspondent for the paper, he covered both the Bosnian war and the Iraq war.

Hu became editor of Global Times in 2005, editing both the Chinese-language version and, after its establishment in 2009, the English-language version.[2] During Hu's time as editor of the Global Times, he has become known as a bellicose hard-liner.[3]

Accusations of "astroturfing"[edit]

According to Richard Burger, a former editor at Global Times, in the wake of the arrest of Ai Weiwei, the Chinese staff of the Global Times were ordered[4] by Hu to conduct an "astroturfing" campaign against Ai Weiwei in favour of the Chinese government's criticism of Ai as a "maverick".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinese representative of the Third China-Germany Media Forum: Hu Xijin", Global Times August 30, 2012, Accessed here: http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/730067/Chinese-representative-of-the-Third-China-Germany-Media-Forum-Hu-Xijin.aspx on the 6th of February, 2013
  2. ^ "Chinese representative of the Third China-Germany Media Forum: Hu Xijin", Global Times August 30, 2012, Accessed here: http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/730067/Chinese-representative-of-the-Third-China-Germany-Media-Forum-Hu-Xijin.aspx on the 6th of February, 2013
  3. ^ "A cocktail of conspiracies delivered daily", John Garnaut, 18th of December, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald. Accessed here: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/a-cocktail-of-conspiracies-delivered-daily-20101217-190pb.html on the 6th of February, 2013
  4. ^ "Foreign Media Insider Exposes Global Times's Managing Editor's Smearing Of Ai Weiwei". Apple Daily. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Foreign Media Insider Exposes Global Times's Smearing Of Ai Weiwei". Appledaily.com.hk. Retrieved 16 April 2011.