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Censorship in the People's Republic of China

On 13 February 2009, Li Dongdong, a deputy chief of the General Administration of Press and Publication, announced the introduction of a series of rules and regulations to strengthen oversight and administration of news professionals and reporting activities. The regulations would include a "full database of people who engage in unhealthy professional conduct" who would be excluded from engaging in news reporting and editing work. Although the controls were ostensibly to "resolutely halt fake news", it was criticized by Li Datong, editor at the [China Youth Daily] who was dismissed for criticizing state censorship. Li Datong said "There really is a problem with fake reporting and reporters, but there are already plenty of ways to deal with that." [Reuters] said that although Communist Party's Propaganda Department micro-manages what newspapers and other media do and do not report, the government remains concerned about unrest amid the economic slowdown and the 20th anniversary of the [pro-democracy protests in 1989] . [China to introduce journalist "black list"] , [Reuters] , 13 February 2009


The PRC has historically sought to use censorship to mould or protect the country's culture. During the [Cultural Revolution] , foreign literature and art forms, religious works and symbols, and even artifacts of ancient Chinese culture were deemed "reactionary" and became targets for destruction by teams of [Red Guard] .

Although much greater cultural freedom exists in China today, continuing crackdowns on pornography, the 2006 banning of foreign [cartoons] from Chinese [prime time] TV, and limits on screenings for foreign films could be seen as a continuation of cultural-minded censorship.


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