Ian Denis Johnson

Ian Johnson (July 27, 1962 - ) is a writer and journalist, working primarily in China and Germany. His Chinese name is Zhang Yan (张彦).[1][2]

A reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Johnson won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.[3] His reporting from China was also honored in 2001 by the Overseas Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ian Denis Johnson
Ian Denis Johnson
Born27 July 1962
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EducationUniversity of Florida, Free University of Berlin, Harvard University
OccupationPulitzer Prize winning Reporter
and Journalist

Life and work

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Johnson is a naturalized United States citizen who lives in Berlin, Germany. He first visited China on a study program in 1984.

In 2010, Johnson published A Mosque in Munich, a book about the Islamic Center of Munich.[4] He conducted research on the book while on a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. He attended the University of Florida.[1]

In 2004, Johnson published Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China (Pantheon), which was later released in paperback and has been translated into several languages.

In 2017, he published The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.

On February 9, 2006, Johnson delivered congressional testimony on the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. He described the Brotherhood as "an umbrella group that regularly lobbies major international institutions like the EU and the Vatican" and "controls some of the most dynamic, politically active Muslim groups in key European countries, such as Britain, France and Germany." He said the group has schools "to train imams," has funded a "mechanism in the guise of a UK-registered charity," and has a fatwa council to enforce ideological conformity.[5]

Johnson left the Wall Street Journal in 2010 to pursue magazine and book writing on cultural and social affairs.[6]



  • Johnson, Ian (2004). Wild grass : three stories of change in modern China. New York: Pantheon Books.
  • — (2010). A mosque in Munich : Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • — (2017). The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 9781101870051.

Essays and reporting


  1. ^ Ian Johnson 张彦
  2. ^ http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1325031
  3. ^ Ian Johnson (2001) Pulitzer Prize winning articles in the Wall Street Journal
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-04-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Muslim Brotherhood in Europe Archived 2007-07-03 at the Wayback Machine, February 9, 2006, Ian Johnson, Congressional Testimony - published with the AIFD
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-04-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

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Jiang Zemin

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Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

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