30 November 2006, Al Jazeera English today announces the line-up for the third installment of 101 East as the programme examines what could happen to journalists who want to add some depth to their coverage but don't know where to draw the line.

Host and award-winning journalist Teymoor Nabili moderates a robust debate about press freedom not just in China, but Asia generally.

His guests are Steven Vines – a former Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club president; Prof Li Xi Guang - from Tsinghau University’s School of Journalism in Beijing and Bunn Nagara - a columnist with Malaysian newspaper The Star.

In 2008, thousands of members of the world's media will descend on Beijing to cover the Olympic Games. China's government will welcome them with open arms, keen to show the world that it has the capacity to successfully stage one of the world's premier sporting events. But what happens if they get curious, as journalists do, and start filming what they see outside the stadiums?

This week’s 101 East will examine the case of one reporter jailed on charges of spying and analyse the clues it provides about press freedom in China today. Ching Cheong, a correspondent for Singapore's The Straits Times newspaper, was sentenced to five years' jail in August on charges he was spying for Taiwan. An appeal was recently rejected by the Beijing High Court. 101 East has spoken to Ching Cheong’s wife Mary Lau and members of the Hong Kong foreign press corp.


Al Jazeera English language channel’s flagship Asia-Pacific current affairs show, 101 East airs every Friday at 1630pm GMT from Kuala Lumpur.

The inaugural broadcast of the programme saw Teymoor discuss the corruption scandal surrounding Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian with Winston Dang from the President's Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and Joanna Lei of the main opposition party, the KMT.

Last week 101 East canvassed reaction to President Bush' s visit to Asia with guests Professor Lang Xianping from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shanghai and former UN security Council President Professor Kishore Mahbubani.

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