21st Century Business Herald
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Shen Hao[1]
FoundedJanuary 1, 2001

The 21st Century Business Herald (also spelled Twenty-first Century Business Herald;[2] abbreviation: 21CBH;[3] Chinese: 21世纪经济报道), is a Chinese business-news daily newspaper[4] published in China. It was officially launched by Shen Hao on January 1, 2001,[5] as part of the Southern Media Group.[6]


In September 2014, executives from the 21st Century Business Herald were arrested by Shanghai police,[7] who claimed they were suspected of extortion.[8]

In April 2015, the official website of 21st Century Business Herald, "21st Century Net", was ordered by the media regulator of China to cease operation because of news blackmail,[9] and the newspaper was ordered to rectify.[10] And the Chinese official said that "21st Century Net" and 21st Century Business Herald also had irregularities such as not separating editorial and business operations.[11]

In December 2015, Shen Hao, the publisher of the 21st Century Business Herald,[12] was sentenced to four years in prison for extortion.[13]


  1. ^ "Two media outlets of the 21st century newspaper system were shut down". Radio France Internationale. May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Barry Naughton. "Local Debt Restructuring:A Case of Ongoing Authoritarian Reform" (PDF). Hoover Institution. Jul 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "One Billion Chinese People Can't Be Wrong…". Muddy Waters Research. Jul 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "China Got Its Economy Growing Again, but a Shortfall in Babies Will Be Harder to Fix". The Wall Street Journal. Feb 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "The 21st Century Business Herald's 10th Anniversary Large-scale Readers' Essay Contest". The Beijing News. 2010-09-17.
  6. ^ "Arrest of inspirational editor Shen Hao marks end of an era for Chinese journalism". The Washington Post. January 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Ex-News Executive in China Gets 4-Year Sentence for Extortion". The New York Times. Dec 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Five executives of 21st Century Business Herald are arrested by Shanghai police". Beijing Times. Sep 27, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-03-24.
  9. ^ "China Closes 21st Century Business Herald's Website". The Wall Street Journal. Apr 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "Suspension of publication and consolidation highlights China's news dilemma". Radio Free Asia. 2015-04-30.
  11. ^ "21st Century Network formally ordered to suspend for news extortion". Deutsche Welle. Apr 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "China jails former newspaper group president for fraud". Reuters. December 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Weighing China jailed cases amid censorship and fear". Committee to Protect Journalists. December 13, 2016.