The Legal Daily (Fǎzhì Rìbào) is a publication focused entirely on reporting about legal developments.

Media assets

Publishing: Fǎzhì Rìbào

State Media Matrix Typology: State-Controlled (SC)

Ownership and governance

Legal Daily is owned by the Chinese government through the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs.

Source of funding and budget

Legal Daily is fully funded by the government via the agency that owns it, according to local journalists and experts interviewed for this report.

Editorial independence

Legal Daily is fully aligned with the state policies of the Chinese government, its content being routinely vetted by the government censors although there are no written norms imposing editorial rules to the outlet’s management.

There is no statute and no independent assessment mechanism to validate the editorial independence of Legal Daily.

October 2023