WSJ reporters won’t be Murdoch’s pawns

If Rupert Murdoch is ultimately successful in his floundering bid to buy Dow Jones, parent company for the Wall Street Journal, it will be despite bitter opposition from the Journal's China desk. Greg Sargent got his paws on a memo that was sent from the newspaper's Pultizer-winning correspondents in the Middle Kingdom to key members ...

If Rupert Murdoch is ultimately successful in his floundering bid to buy Dow Jones, parent company for the Wall Street Journal, it will be despite bitter opposition from the Journal's China desk. Greg Sargent got his paws on a memo that was sent from the newspaper's Pultizer-winning correspondents in the Middle Kingdom to key members of the Bancroft family that controls Dow Jones.

If Rupert Murdoch is ultimately successful in his floundering bid to buy Dow Jones, parent company for the Wall Street Journal, it will be despite bitter opposition from the Journal's China desk. Greg Sargent got his paws on a memo that was sent from the newspaper's Pultizer-winning correspondents in the Middle Kingdom to key members of the Bancroft family that controls Dow Jones.

It's scathing:

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch has a well-documented history of making editorial decisions in order to advance his business interests in China and, indeed, of sacrificing journalistic integrity to satisfy personal or political aims. […]

In 2001, for example, our colleague Ian Johnson shared the Pulitzer for international reporting for his articles about the Chinese government’s sometimes brutal suppression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

Under Mr. Murdoch, these articles might never have seen the light of day.

More here from Johnson, who is presently a Nieman fellow at Harvard.

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