Should Watchdog Journalism be Protected as a “Right” or Mandated as a “Duty”? – David Bandurski

From China Media Project:

A new local regulation combating official corruption and abuse of duty in Henan’s capital city of Zhengzhou makes specific mention of watchdog journalism, or “supervision by public opinion” (ËàÜËÆ∫ÁõëÁù£), as a key form of monitoring. An article in today’s official People’s Daily notes with a hint of praise that the legislation “especially singles news media out”, saying “news units should carry out supervision by public opinion on national government personnel” [NOTE: While the Chinese specifies “national” government personnel, this can be understood more generally as “government personnel”, applying to those officials within the jurisdiction of Zhengzhou].[Full Text]

– Also see Prominent Web story on government transparency and “watchdog journalism” vanishes from Sina.com

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