Will Olympics Transform China’s Media Landscape?

From the East-West Center of Honolulu:

With the Beijing Olympics fast approaching, the world’s attention will soon focus on the rapidly changing but still sensitive news media landscape in China.

At a media conference last week in Bangkok, Thailand, sponsored by the East-West Center of Honolulu, several starkly different visions of that landscape emerged. Some were optimistic, some pessimistic and some predicted that the future of news and media in China will be drastically different from anything seen before.

… Among those who spoke were Chee Ying “Jimmy” Lai, the ebullient and blunt founder and chairman of Hong Kong’s Next Media, Ltd., publisher of the popular Chinese daily Apple; media reformer and editor Li Datong; and new media entrepreneur Isaac Mao, co-founder of the Social Brain Foundation of China and CNBlog, the earliest website focused on grassroots publishing in China.



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