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Journalists in China (04:01)


Peter Ford discusses how manhandling of foreign correspondents at the Xi Zhiyong trials has resulted in more media attention; the practice of intimidating journalists has become more common. Ying Chan describes effects of withholding visas from international reporters.

Taboo Subjects and Domestic Challenges (05:42)

Reporting on the private affairs of leaders, human rights, military, the June fourth incident, and government corruption may result in harassment, physical intimidation, or expulsion. Leaders see international correspondence as foreign meddling. Journalists are restricted from Tibet.

Investigative Journalism (06:21)

Charles Hutzler asserts that sources are in the most need of protection; Ford explains how investigations transpire. They describe government unwillingness to speak with international correspondents. Domestic journalists are more willing to use social media; data is more available through an open economy.

Foreign Correspondence (05:16)

Jaime Florcruz describes positive changes in transparency. Chan addresses government efforts to maintain balance and the practice of "spiking" stories. Journalists want to expose big stories despite risks; they encourage investigative efforts to expose political and economic corruption.

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On China: Journalists

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In China, the rules are different, with entire regions off limits to reporters, and entire topics, taboo. In their quest to get the story and to shed light on the truth, journalists face harassment and even violence. While foreign correspondents reporting inside China can be reprimanded or forced to leave the country when the government denies their visa applications, Chinese journalists and their families face an even greater threat. The government says it wants journalists to cover news in an objective way, but at the same time discredits any story that upsets the political balance or casts the Communist Party in unfavorable light. Join Kristie Lu Stout as she explores China's ever expanding role on the global stage and examines whether its leaders can provide the increased access and transparency journalists are demanding to do their jobs. And hear from veteran journalists about the challenges they've faced and the big questions they think need to be answered in the year ahead.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL187355

ISBN: 978-1-64623-254-3

Copyright date: ©2014

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