Freedom of speech is still a trial in China – Hamish McDonald
From the Age, via Asia Media:
Necessarily, Liu’s strategy is not to “broadcast and be damned”. He makes sure Phoenix TV presents touchy news in a way that makes clear there is no challenge to the system. In between, it runs plenty of upbeat, feel-good features about China’s achievements and projects dear to central and provincial leaders.
“Phoenix needs to manoeuvre carefully between the objectivity of reporting and at the same time follow government regulations,” Liu says. “We generally report objectively about breaking news. But, unlike some media in the West and in Hong Kong that would do more extensive analysis, we are more cautious and deliberate. Phoenix is definitely more open than a lot of the local media in mainland China and we treasure the relatively more open space we enjoy in China.”