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1 May

For Immediate Release


All journalists are invited to attend this free seminar on China & the Olympics, Wed., May 14, 2008, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Fierce debates about human rights and religious freedom in China are intensifying as the Beijing Olympics draw near. This free seminar will equip journalists to report on these issues during the Olympics and beyond. Whether you are traveling to China or reporting from the U.S., you'll get advice and resources that will help you frame stories, track down sources and add context to your reporting at a time when China's global influence is on the rise.


• Fenggang Yang is an associate professor of sociology at Purdue University who specializes in religious change in China and its social and political implications.

• Carol Hamrin is a research professor at George Mason University and senior associate with the Global China Center in Charlottesville, Va. She specializes in religious rights policy issues in China.

• Ming Wan is professor of government and politics and director of the Global Affairs Program at George Mason University. He is the author of Human Rights in Chinese Foreign Relations: Defining and Defending National Interests.

• Stephen Angle is associate professor of philosophy at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry and maintains a web page on human rights in China.

• Bob Dietz is the Asia Program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes press freedom worldwide and has published a special report on China and the press for the Olympics.


Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Fl., Washington, D.C. 20045

When: Wednesday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE! Seminar includes lunch.

Presented by: Religion Newswriters, the association of journalists who cover religion in the mainstream media

How to register: Call Amy Schiska at 614-891-9001, ext. 3#, or e-mail her at

This event was made possible (in part) by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.Contact: Tiffany McCallen
614-891-9001, ext. 2#


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