This story just gets more interesting by the minute. Via @fightcensorship, we’ve learned that Andrea Yu will be appearing on the cover of the November 16 issue of Oriental BQ Weekly Magazine. The red letters read: “Australia watches the 18th National Congress,” and on the second line, “Andi,” which is the Chinese rendering of Andrea. “Hodgkinson” is Yu’s real (given?) surname.
On Global CAMG Media Group’s official website, Hodgkinson is referred to as “Andi Yu,” as in, “CAMG’s Andi Yu interviewed China Policy’s David Kelly during the PRC’s 18th National Congress in Beijing.”
So what we have is Andrea Hodgkinson giving her name as Andrea Yu to foreign reporters but who is known in China as Andi. Got it?
And just so there’s no doubt who we’re dealing with, here’s Will Cannon’s tweet from the official @CAMG_Media account:
The question needs to be asked: what is this woman doing? We’re working off very limited information here, but so far, it looks like she’s ruining the career advancement prospects for all foreign journalists who’ve ever worked for Chinese media. Posing for a magazine cover — however tasteful — probably won’t endear her to most serious female reporters, either.
There’s an adage in journalism that one never wants to be a target of journalism. Yu/Hodgkinson is squarely in the crosshairs. How she reacts will probably determine whether she’s able to save the last vestiges of her reporting credibility.
There is a bright side for her, though. Should she choose, she can easily switch to being a bona fide, glamorous, well-compensated flack. There’s no shame in that, as long as pretenses get dropped.
UPDATE, 4:22 pm: “Will Cannon” is no longer the name associated with the CAMG Media Twitter account, and the above tweet, not unexpectedly, has been deleted.