No More Chinese Communist Party

July 8, 2008

Shutting the Media out of Tibet and Other “Sensitive” Stories, Report,Human Rights Watch

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Many Thanks to Human Rights Watch for putting together this information on media restriction in China

This report tells the awful truth in a very readable way. They are well researched in terms of communicating with the Foreign Correspondents Club of China and putting the responsibility on accurate sources like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Central Publicity Department, China Central Television (CCTV), instead of accrediting the whole country for these kinds of problems. I highly recommend reading this whole thing through as there are a lot of crucial facts that can be very useful in understanding the reality of the current China situation.

“Although the Chinese and foreign journalists were invited to interview people on the street in Machu most conversations quickly ceased as government officials accompanying the tour approached.”Tibetan monks at Xiahe’s Labrang monastery who did approach foreign correspondents during that tour on April 9 and openly spoke of government repression were reportedly later “imprisoned, beaten and in some cases subjected to electric shock torture,” as a punishment for speaking out.

……………..As a result, the majority of Chinese journalists produce news stories which reflect the safe reporting limits permitted by the system within which they operate. A Canadian journalist employed from April 2007-April 2008 at the English-language China Daily, the Chinese government’s flagship publication for foreign readers, described self-censorship as the norm among his Chinese colleagues. “Reporters here simply know what they can and cannot write—and they don’t challenge those limitations. Change isn’t coming from the bottom and certainly isn’t coming from the top.”29


1 Comment »

  1. Human Rights Watch is concerned about media?

    How about starting by recognizing that the first human right is the right to live?

    Each year, 1,710,000 baby girls disappear in China. This major human rights abuse seems to be an accepted travesty as no one speaks of this horrific gendercide (the singling out of baby girls for death–before and after birth, as their mortality in the first year of life is the highest in the world, with birth ranking at 3rd or 4th child in the family guarantees their death).

    By the time population growth in China will reach a plateau, 133 million females would have been “missed” since infancy!!!!

    For a more comprehensive analysis of infanticide in China, please view my presentation for the U.N. last year, accessed from the left bar on my home page at

    Talia Carner, author, China Doll

    Comment by Talia Carner — July 8, 2008 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

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