夏伟论中国媒体

美国亚洲协会的夏伟认为中国政府对媒体的控制有一定益处,例如高质量的电视节目。

Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross director of the Centre on US-China Relations at the Asia Society, says the principles of what constitutes the media were first laid down by Chairman Mao in 1942. In a speech in Yan’an, Mao said there was “no such thing as…independent media…Every voice has a party characteristic.” As a result, the function of the media in China is to represent the party. However, state control of the media has had positive effects, says Schell. For example, the government’s crack down on “tawdry” entertainment shows, while bad for a free press is arguably good for society. Furthermore, Chinese television has a high number of quality programmes, including serious coverage of global affairs. Unlike the west, says Schell, where money speaks, Chinese media suffers two masters: “One is the commercial master – what makes money – and the second is party control.”

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