60th Anniversary Coverage: “Dancing with Shackles On”

In the run-up to the October 1st 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, China Media Project looks at media coverage of the event and compares it to coverage a decade ago:

Looking at the differences between coverage this year and in 1999, two changes become immediately obvious. The first is a dramatic increase in the level of commercialization in China’s media. The second is a rise in the strength and importance of internet media in China.

Chinese media face strict controls ahead of the 60th anniversary. They must follow the mandate of Hu Jintao’s “five goods” formula, avoiding historical and institutional negatives and focusing praise on the CCP and the socialist system, etcetera.

Nevertheless, the 60th anniversary is a great big event and a great big story, and Chinese media have to stay on top of it. So how do media, as Chinese journalists often say, “dance with their shackles on”?

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