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Wenhui Bao
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Shanghai United Media Group
FoundedJanuary 25, 1938[1]
Political alignmentChinese Communist Party
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Wenhui Bao (simplified Chinese: 文汇报; traditional Chinese: 文匯報; pinyin: Wénhuì Bào), anglicized as the Wenhui Daily,[2] is a Chinese daily newspaper published by the Shanghai United Media Group.[3]



Wenhui Bao was founded in Shanghai on January 25, 1938[4] by leftist-leaning intellectuals centered on writer and journalist Ke Ling. Over the next decade, it was closed down twice for its political leanings.[5]

In early 1956, Wenhui Bao was forced to relocate to Beijing and was renamed Jiaoshibao (Teacher's News). After the start of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, however, the paper was allowed to resume publication under its original name, beginning on 1 October 1956. Under its editor-in-chief Xu Zhucheng, Wenhui Bao became one of the most outspoken newspapers of the Hundred Flowers period[citation needed], but was attacked by Mao Zedong in July 1957 and punished.

In the 1960s, Wenhui Bao became an outlet for Mao Zedong's editorials, and in late 1965 it was used by the Shanghai leftists supporting Jiang Qing and Zhang Chunqiao to launch their attack on the writer Wu Han. Their polemical review of Wu's play Hai Rui Dismissed from Office became the triggers of China's Cultural Revolution. On 4 January 1967, the paper was taken over by radical Red Guards in the first power seizure in Shanghai.

In the 1980s, Wenhui Bao re-emerged as a widely read paper with a circulation of 1.8 million.[citation needed] In 1998, in a wave of creating press groups backed by the government, Wenhui Bao and Xinmin Wanbao were merged into the Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group, which was the second largest press group in China after Guangzhou Daily Press Group in terms of advertisement revenues.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Literature Research Series. Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Publishing House. 1984. pp. 33–.
  2. ^ Shanghai Municipal Government. "Press Group Celebrates". 26 July 2008. Accessed 18 Dec 2014.
  3. ^ Z. Wang (17 July 2014). Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951–1979. Springer. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-137-37874-3.
  4. ^ Zhang Zhong; Zeng Ruiyan (2008). Guide to Historical Materials of Modern Chinese History. Sichuan University Press. pp. 133–. ISBN 978-7-5614-4092-6.
  5. ^ Fang Jigen; Wang Guangming (1992). Overview of Hong Kong and Macao Journalism. Xinhua Publishing House. pp. 68–. ISBN 978-7-5011-1564-8.