Censorship in China

China has censored their media for 60 year. “The Communist Party continues to exercise direct control over the news agency Xinhua, newspapers such as People’s Daily, and the national broadcaster CCTV,” Reporters without Boarders said on Oct. 1. Before the People’s Republic of China took over in 1949, the media enjoyed more degrees of freedom then they do now.

China is well known for their censorship on the internet. The biggest example is when Google allowed China to ban content from the web searches. In March 2010, Google stopped censoring what Chinese people could search on the search engine.

Reporters without Boarders works hard to show the injustice of these reporters. Out of the 157 reporters imprisoned today, 31 are being held in China. China currently is holding 74 cyber-citizens in their prisons.

China’s constitution affords its citizens freedom of speech and press, but the document contains broad language that says Chinese citizens must defend “the security, honor, and interests of the motherland,” The Council on Foreign Relations said in May 2010.

In the most recent news out of China, jailed journalist Lui Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 8. Xiaobo was imprisoned in 2008 after he called for the end of the communist party dominance and political change. After the announcement, Chinese officials arrested 40 human rights activist and journalists for celebrating Xiaobo’s win.

-Kortney Holbrook

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One Response to Censorship in China

  1. andeeliz says:

    This is definitely a very important issue today, especially with China’s rising world economic ranking! What will happen if/when China becomes more powerful than the U.S., will China’s example spread to other countries? Will it change U.S. journalism?

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