China’s Journalists To Receive More Political Indoctrination

According to a report received from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)  communist China’s regime, ever paranoid about maintaining control over information, has announced that domestic journalists are to be indoctrinated through a program of communist ideological and political education. The report (published March) 11 cites Li Dongdong, deputy director of China’s General Administration of Press and Publications, as instructing China’s propaganda agency, Xinhua, that the Regime will  demand “Chinese journalists to obtain official training to report the news, according to local and international news reports. Domestic journalists already need government-issued identity cards to work in China.”. The CPJ noted that the announcement was made “shortly after a senior editor was removed from his post for co-authoring an editorial criticizing government policies”.

“Li said a small minority of journalists were giving the profession a bad name because they lacked political judgment, according to Xinhua, who interviewed Li prior to the plenary session of China’s political advisory body in Beijing. She did not name individuals. “There are some who have not been thoroughly trained in the Marxist theory of news, or news media ethics,” Li told the reporter. GAPP would institute training for journalists on these topics and Communist Party propaganda regulations, among others, she told Xinhua. ”

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the move to increase political control and censorship over China’s media, describing it as misguided. Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator noted that: “Professional training should be provided by universities and initiatives within the industry. Merely filling journalists with the party line does not serve the interests of readers or viewers,” .


Background Information From CPJ

“It was not clear when new training would be carried out, or how a requirement would be enforced. But Li’s remarks follow close on a controversial decision by top editors at 13 newspapers to jointly publish a March 1 editorial calling for an overhaul of longstanding household registration rules. The leadership’s dissatisfaction with the piece became evident when the editorials swiftly disappeared from the Internet, international news reports said. The article’s only acknowledged author, Economic Observer online editor Zhang Hong, said this week he had been forced from his post, according to The Wall Street Journal

Journalist ethics are widely debated in China, and stories of journalists—and individuals with fake press cards—accepting bribes are common in the local media. The 2007 murder of Lan Chengzhang at an illegal coal mine in Shanxi province remains unresolved because his intentions and status as a reporter were unclear. Police said he did not have official accreditation, and they alleged that he was threatening to expose the operation in order to extort money.

Few accredited journalists take Zhang Hong’s route and risk their careers for articles that might offend the government. Non-accredited journalists who publish overseas or online are vulnerable to imprisonment under vague antistate charges, according to CPJ research. On February 9, activist Tan Zuoren was sentenced to five years in prison for subversion after researching the effects of shoddy school construction on the death toll during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.”

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3 thoughts on “China’s Journalists To Receive More Political Indoctrination

  1. Google is in talks with China right now (ie. colloborating) and despite Google’s initial huffing and puffing about the injustice of China’s cyber attack it appears that Google is more interested in $$$ than in doing the right thing- China reiterated on Friday that if Google does business in China it will continue to be required to help the Communist regime censor- unfortunately, the American mainstream media has not really been covering this story anymore but then again, our media is ridiculously pro-China despite some nationalist Chinese claims to the contrary.

      • Also, I hate to say this because obviously I am a fan of our Secretary of State but the State Dept. never followed through on it’s statement that it would issue a formal demarche in response to the cyber attack against Google and all the other businesses and human rights accounts which were hacked. Very disappointing. The US media has an attention span of about 10 minutes and since the Google story is hardly in the news anymore, the State Dept. just let the whole issue drop…

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