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Jack Yan, Publisher (Wellington)
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Ann Fryer, Associate Publisher (New York)
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Publisher outraged at barring of Nick Wang from Parliamentary
Jack Yan reminds Red Chinese that their sovereignty
ends at Embassy doors
Wellington, March 27 (JY&A
Media) Jack Yan, publisher of Lucire,
says he is 'outraged' by the barring of journalist Nick Wang from
a Parliamentary event last night, and says it is among a 'pattern'
of suppression that the New Zealand Government is either ignoring,
Earlier reports indicate that Red Chinese Embassy officials
had pressured Marie McNicholas, the head of the Parliamentary Press
Gallery, to bar Mr Wang from reporting on the visit of Zeng Peiyan
(Tsang Pui Yam, 曾培炎), an official from Beijing.
Mrs McNicholas refused, and told Radio New Zealand that officials
may have approached members of the New Zealand police force.
'We generally have some of the best police officers
in the world,' says Mr Yan. 'The Red Chinese government needs to
understand that they do not have the right to give orders to our
cops, especially not the right to suppress a New Zealand-based journalist
in the course of his job.
'This is New Zealand territory, and diplomatic missions
are here by convention, not by right.
'Red Chinese sovereignty ends at their Embassy's doors.
They do not extend on to New Zealand soil,' he says. 'Why certain
MPs like Peter Dunne and I have to remind Beijing of this, constantly,
is beyond me.'
Both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister
are saying the incident is a misunderstanding which has been blown
out of proportion.
'A free press and New Zealand sovereignty deserve to
be protected, and if the Government believes either can be so readily
dismissed, then they are ignoring, or endorsing, a pattern of Politburo
pressure,' says Mr Yan.
'Red China's actions, once again, make me question
their understanding of other nations' rights, and why we should
even pursue a free-trade deal with a régime that does not
respect New Zealanders or New Zealand jobs.'
Mr Yan says that he has found Mr Wang to be a fair
and balanced journalist, who has never been staunchly anti-Beijing
in his reports in the Capital Chinese News.
Mr Yan adds that he was disappointed that the Leader
of the Opposition, John Key, did not raise the matter with Mr Zeng
in his meeting earlier today, and questions why no other MP with
Chinese ethnicity has publicly stood by Mr Wang.
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Lucire, the global fashion magazine (www.lucire.com),
started on the web in 1997. In October 2004, it became the first
magazine in its sector to extend its brand into a print magazine.
By May 2005, it became the first web magazine to spawn two national
print editions. Lucire became the first fashion industry
partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, www.unep.org).
It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and published by
Lucire LLC. For print edition information, see <http://www.lucire.net>.
About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net),
one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987. His company is
based or represented in over a dozen countries worldwide. Among
his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software
and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire.
He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility
to fashion and typography, in numerous publications worldwide and
is a regular international speaker. His personal site is at www.jackyan.com,
and features a highly regarded blog.
Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates
and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. All other trade
marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only
used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.