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Free China Journal

Free China Journal from November 1949

Free China Journal (Chinese: 自由中國半月刊, pinyin: Zìyóu Zhōnggúo Bànyùekān) was a periodical that was published by the Republic of China (ROC) government after its retreat to Taiwan following the Chinese Civil War.

The first issue was published on November, 1949. Its chief executive was Hu Shi and its editor-in-chief was Lei Chen (雷震).

The publication was sponsored by the Kuomintang-led government to act as a forum for free thought and discussion against the People's Republic of China. Its popularity soared as the editors and writers analyzed political situations at the time, sometimes even advising or criticizing the government in earnest.

The publication ceased in 1960 when the government forced a shut-down after Lei criticized Chiang Kai-shek for running for President unconstitutionally and promoted forming "Democratic Republic of Chinese Taiwan" (中華臺灣民主國) to counter the People's Republic of China. The final issue was published on September 1, 1960.[1]

From 1985 through 1999 a different publication called the Free China Journal was published. It had previously been called Free China Weekly and was subsequently renamed Taipei Journal in 2000, Taiwan Journal in 2003,[2] and Taipei Today in 2009.

See also


  1. ^ "Free China Journal". Encyclopedia of Taiwan. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Microforms in Alexander Library". Rutgers University Libraries. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 

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