David Bandurski: Fake Measures to Deal with Real Problems

David Bandurski writes that press accreditation will not solve “the fundamental issue driving media corruption in China.” From China Media Project:

This winter has brought another of China’s seasonal purges of fakery in its news media. The government is cracking down on “fake news reports,” and it plans to stamp out the problem of “fake journalists” by getting tougher about press accreditation.

But once again, all of these official measures overlook the fundamental issue driving media corruption in China.

In an environment where there are too few protections for conscientious journalists, and where the party’s chief prerogative remains the control of information, journalism is about monopoly and privilege rather than professional obligation — and that invites abuse, whether one has an official press card or not.

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