China forbids author from taking Harvard prize
BEIJING - A Chinese journalist says he has been blocked from traveling to accept a Harvard University prize for a 2008 book chronicling the Great Chinese Famine of 1958-1961.
Harvard’s Nieman Fellows in December awarded the Louis M. Lyons Award to Yang Jisheng, a 66-year-old former journalist at China’s official Xinhua News Agency, for a 1,200-page book documenting a decades-long government effort to whitewash what he found to be a man-made disaster that claimed at least 36 million Chinese lives.
Yang said by phone Tuesday that Xinhua had forbidden him to travel or to speak with foreign... read more
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