Committing Journalism in China
Jonathan Watts is the East Asia correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer. A graduate of Manchester University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, he reported on Japan and Korea for seven years before taking up his post in Beijing in August 2003.
His career includes coverage of the Asian financial crisis 1997-98, the G8 summit in Okinawa in 2000, the South Korea-Japan World Cup 2002, the Tsunami disaster in 2005, the South Korean presidential elections in 2002 and 2007, and the nuclear stand-off between the United States and North Korea.
Before his employment by the Guardian, he previously worked for The Hokkaido Shimbun and The Daily Yomiuri. As a freelancer, he contributed to Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, The South China Morning Post, The New Statesman and The Asahi Shimbun, as well as filming, writing and directing news programs on China and North Korea for BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News. He also headed the press freedom committee of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China from 2006-7, during the push for a relaxation of travel restrictions on foreign reporters. In Tokyo, he was vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan from 2000-2002, at a time when then focus was on opening the kisha club system.