There was a bit of an overseas ruckus ahead of tonight’s International Press Freedom Awards dinner in New York City, during which the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will honor four courageous reporters.
Ying Chan, a Hong Kong journalist and professor who was celebrated at the same annual dinner 15 years ago, called on event chairman Daniel Doctoroff, CEO of Bloomberg L.P., to resign from that post. He feels that it is hypocritical for the exec to oversee the event given recent reports of Bloomberg allegedly killing a big China enterprise story out of fears it would anger the country and the related November 13 dismissal of Hong Kong Bloomerg reporter Michael Forsythe.
“I chair the CPJ board of directors and have heard from several board members that you are trying to draw a connection between Dan Doctoroff chairing the Press Freedom Awards banquet and Bloomberg’s handling of the recent China stories. I can speak for CPJ. This is a false linkage. We are pleased to have Dan Doctoroff as chair of the event and we look forward to a successful banquet Tuesday.”