The Best Investigative Stories from China — 2017

It’s been a year since “post-truth” was chosen as Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries, but the sentiment still resonates. In China, we’ve encountered shifting public opinion, fake news and heavy censorship, but we also saw stories that remind us there are journalists who never give up the pursuit of truth. Here’s a selection of China’s best investigative stories from 2017 — from child abuse to misconduct by major companies — curated by GIJN’s Chinese team.

Best Investigative Stories in China — 2016

Despite growing state controls and censorship, Chinese journalists are still finding ways to publish groundbreaking investigative reports about issues that matter to the Chinese people. In this piece, GIJN China has selected nine enterprising stories that showcase the best of Chinese muckraking last year.

Investigative Journalism in China: Challenge, Risk, and Opportunity

If you put “investigative journalism + China” in a Google search bar, you’ll probably be disappointed with the few results it returns. There is a book about the topic, “Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism,” which I read a few years ago and would still recommend. For the English-reading world, there is really limited information about this important topic. Even if your Chinese is good enough to perform a search, you will again be surprised about how few relevant results you get. This is not an indication that investigative journalism is dead in China.