CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Liu Binyan, a top investigative reporter in China, has received permission to accept a prestigious Nieman fellowship and will study at Harvard University this fall, the Nieman Foundation said Friday.
'We are absolutely delighted that a journalist and intellectual of Liu Binyan's stature will grace the Nieman Class of 1989, our 51st class,' Howard Simons, curator of the Nieman program, said in a prepared statement.
Liu, 62, was purged from the Communist Party of Maoist China in 1957 because of his investigative reporting on labor reform, said Merle Goldman, professor of Chinese history at Boston University.
After he was allowed to return to journalism in 1979, Liu traveled throughout China uncovering party corruption, special privileges and abuses in political power.
He fell from grace once again in early 1987 during a campaign against 'bourgeois liberalism,' Goldman said. But this time his treatment stirred protests in China and abroad.
'Because of his stature and China's desire for better relations with the outside world, he has finally been allowed to accept the Nieman fellowship which had been offered to him over the last three years,' Goldman said.
The Nieman Fellows program, established in 1938 through a bequest of Agnes Wahl Nieman, allows journalists to study in any part of Harvard for a year.
A Nieman spokeswoman said other Nieman Fellows for the class of 1989 will be chosen in May and June.