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Story quotas

Since many media outlets pay writers based on the number of words or stories published, having a story killed is tantamount to a fine for the reporter since it means reduced wages. Those who fail to meet story quotas are paid less, a practice similar to sales people who must meet identifiable targets.

Liu said the atmosphere is making it less rewarding to be an investigative reporter. He said officials are becoming increasingly reluctant to respond to media coverage that attracted publicity.

Li added that he hopes the central government would implement political reforms to create a more accommodating environment for journalists and also called for a protection law for journalists.

The Xinhua News Agency said investigative reporting is one of the most dangerous jobs in China, only after coal mining jobs and government officials.

Li Jun, a law professor at Shenzhen University, told Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily that legal protections for reporters should be improved.

Nong Tao, an official with the General Administration of Press and Publication, told the Global Times that journalists should also stay away from illegal actions, such as taking money from event organizers, and be polite when interviewing people.

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