Posts Tagged ‘self-consorship’

3 Lessons France can offer China about government-run media

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Both China and France share a common frustration with the international media and that their country’s “story” is not being accurately conveyed via the CNNs, BBCs and Al Jazeeras of the world.  After years of bitterly complaining about the injustices of international (read Western) news reporting, they both came to same conclusion: “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em.”   In December 2006, the French-government launched France24, its tri-lingual (French, Arabic and English) 24-hour news service distributed around the world via satellite and on the internet.  Similarly, the 2010 launch of CNC World marks China’s third attempt to persuade english language audiences around the world to “see the world through a Chinese perspective.”  The other two networks, CCTV 9 (now re-branded CCTV International”) and Blue Ocean Network (BON Live) are both on-air but have had little-to-no impact among its target demographic of english-speakers around the world.  In contrast to the various Chinese international TV networks now available globally, France24 appears to be gaining considerable traction with audiences in the US and Africa among other regions. (more…)

The New New New Chinese TV Network

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

xinhua CNC imageHere we go again… yet again… a new Chinese international television network launches with great fanfare amid high expectations that this time, finally, China’s story will finally get a fair airing in the global marketplace.   After five months broadcasting in Mandarin, the all new China News Network Corporation debuted its English service this week. Admittedly, I have not seen the new service, either in Chinese or English, but I do approach this venture with the same skepticism I have had for the past ten years of other similar Chinese endeavors.  The Chinese are motivated by what they consider to be the unfair treatment they receive in the international media, particularly among the major global networks like CNN, the BBC and others.  Following the success of Al Jazeera in both Arabic and English, Beijing now has imperial media ambitions of its own to help promote its worldview and grab a larger share of the world’s television news audience.


Public Opinion & Spin Control in China

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


Quite a few blog entries and articles have been posted around the web regarding the CCP’s initiative to “channel public opinion.”  Authors mainly cite two pieces of information:

a) Hu Jintao’s June 20, 2008 speech on the role of news media organizations in undertaking a dialogue between the Party/Government and the public.

b) An August 13, 2009 publication of the All-China Journalist’s Association that discusses guidelines & recommendations for certain agencies that may need to respond to sudden public rancor.

The more I read about the activity of “channeling” in China (kudos to HKU’s China Media Project), the more I start to think of government “spin” in the United States.  China can’t control public opinion, and I believe they don’t seek to do so anymore as much as influence it.  Like any government, it wants to have its version of the story told.

I used to think that the Party had an unfair advantage because it controls the fourth estate so absolutely, but to see the widespread usage of and engagement of internet BBS, Blogs, and SMS information exchange, that sense of unfairness has eased.  And after living through US media coverage of our own government these past 8 years, I don’t find myself as fervently believing our own media’s independence which affects how I view the Party’s efforts at spin control.

For the most part, I view the efforts by the PRC government to build “channeling” skills as an effort to rid propaganda departments of stodgy tired phrases and rigid stubborn personalities.


CTP Podcast – Online Self-Censorship in China

Friday, September 18th, 2009

china-censored-2This podcast ranges around the topic of annonimity and self-censorship within China’s internet community.

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Prompted by the initial implementation of authentic identification on popular sites, we’ve found ourselves considering what the impact will be on self-censorship in China.  If it does increase, what impact might that have?  For those already committed to freely expressing themselves online in China, will their behavior change?  Are the risks they face any different?

We don’t have the answers, but we tried to consider this from multiple perspectives.   One thing we did agree on, however, is that we are equally worried about the erosion of our own rights here in the US.  The last thing you want to have happen to you in either country is for the government to make a subjective decision that you present a threat.

Chinese Internet Censorship

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Not like most Chinese care, though. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 80% of Chinese think the Internet should be managed or controlled, and 85% think the government should be responsible for doing it.


I am doing some background reading ahead of next week’s podcast on Internet Censorship in China. The Pew research cited by Time and other surveys like it, always pose an interpretive challenge for me.

Any society’s responses to polls are heavily influenced by social/political environs. But what if there is self censorship within the response to this poll? Something to address next week….