Media Taboos Linger In China, But Journalists Push Envelope

From AFP:

On the eve of reform, China’s regimented media relied on daily slogans, but 30 years on journalists are pushing the envelope, helped by the Internet and other new technologies, even if taboos remain.

Most recently, China’s Internet and media attacked the government of a city in central China’s Henan province for hiring 11 vice mayors in what the Beijing News called a waste of money “unacceptable to the people”.

State-run Xinhua news agency recently used the word “strike” to describe a work stoppage by angry taxi drivers in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

More and more, topics that were seldom seen as late as a decade ago are being reported by the Chinese media, especially by daily newspapers and magazines that are considered “commercial”.


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