The media, Internet and governance in China

Gary D. Rawnsley

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The glass is either half-empty or half-full depending on one’s evaluation of the present situation. International websites, chat rooms, discussion groups and newspapers published outside China provide a colossal amount of (often anecdotal) evidence that there is reason to be pessimistic: almost daily we learn of Chinese journalists being sacked, imprisoned or beaten up; of newspapers forced to close because they have been too critical or have challenged an ideological position; of the Great Firewall that blocks access to the World Wide Web for information-starved Chinese.3 Southern Weekend in 2001 was criticised for publishing reports that were detrimental to good governance and so its editor-inchief was removed. In March 2003, the 21st Century World Herald was closed, and in March 2004, staff at the Southern Metropolitan Post were subjected to official investigation. The list continues ad nauseum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina's Opening Society
Subtitle of host publicationThe non-state sector and governance
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)0203930924, 9781134056880
ISBN (Print)0415451760, 9780415451765
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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