mandag 29. januar 2018

The News China Didn’t Want Reported in 2017

On an almost daily basis in China, the ruling Communist Party and state agencies issue detailed instructions to news outlets, websites, and social media administrators on whether and how to cover breaking news stories and manage related commentary. Although technically secret, hundreds of these directives have been leaked over several years by anonymous whistle-blowers in the media and elsewhere, offering observers unique insight into the party’s information control operations. It is therefore worrying that the leaks are becoming less common even as the authorities’ censorship ambitions continue to grow.