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Foreign Websites Blocked Again

Qiu Chen reports in AsiaWeek (亚洲周刊), via backchina.com, translated by CDT’s Lucy Lin: China blocks foreign websites again, and the already limited freedom of public opinion dissipates in a flash. Starting from December,...

China Milk Scandal Firm Asked For Cover-up Help

From Reuters, via the Washington Post: China’s latest food safety problem, involving the addition of the industrial chemical melamine to milk to cheat in quality tests, has caused public outrage and put the spotlight back...

China’s Relaxed Reporting Rules Set to Expire

The Foreign Ministry has acknowledged that the new reporting rules for foreign journalists, which were implemented with varying degrees of consistency, will expire now that the Games are over. Yet it was not clear what the new...

Olympics Are Ratings Bonanza for Chinese TV

David Barboza reports in the New York Times: Analysts say global corporations seeking a foothold in this potentially huge market have begun to notice CCTV, whose audience is vastly larger than every major television network in...

Olympics No Fast Track to Media Freedom in China

Radio Australia interviewed David Bandurski of the China Media Project about what impact, if any, the Olympics will have on press freedom in China for domestic reporters: David Bandurski, a media analyst and reporter for the Far...

Chinese Media: Behind the Headlines

For the Newsweek blog, Jonathan Ansfield writes about the “free-talk” roundtable discussion he participated in with editors from Global Times about Olympics coverage: More questions came up. Why were the foreign...

You Think NBC is Bad? You Haven’t Seen CCTV.

On Slate, June Shih writes about CCTV’s non-stop Olympics coverage: Now that the games have actually started, a viewer can find live broadcasts of everything from archery to volleyball all day long. Television anchors are...

IOC: China Should Not Prevent Media from Reporting

AP reports on a press conference by the IOC and the Beijing Organizing Committee: IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said journalists should not be prevented from doing their jobs, a day after John Ray of London-based ITV News said...

Uneasy Relations: China and the Foreign Press

A British journalist was roughed up and detained as he was reporting on a pro-Tibet protest on the Olympic green. AP reports: On Wednesday, a British television journalist was detained by police as he tried to report on a...

China’s Media Censored Over Stabbing

The Age reports on efforts to censor domestic reporters covering the stabbing of an American tourist in Beijing: Several Chinese reporters had their notebooks and at least one tape recorder confiscated after a news conference...

Liang Wendao: Reporters Vs. Policemen

Liang Wendao, a well-known host of Phoenix TV, a Chinese broadcasting company based in Hong Kong, commented on the recent clash between members of the press and police during Olympics ticket sales on his blog. Translated by...

China Must Not Let Its Brief Democratic Light Go Out

From the Independent: There was something rather inappropriate about the timing of yesterday’s solar eclipse, some of the best views of which could be seen in China. There was darkness over the territory of the 2008...

Beijing Olympics Advice From Ex-CNN Journalist

From Thomas Crampton’s blog: Journalists coming to cover the Beijing Olympics must balance convenience and paranoia when it comes to their digital security, according to Rebecca MacKinnon, former Beijing Bureau Chief of...

Off Camera: Broadcasters Fighting With Chinese

From AP: The Beijing Olympics may not look much different from previous games on TV. Behind the studio sets, however, world broadcasters have been squaring off for months with Chinese officials over censorship. Among the issues:...

China’s Unreality TV

The New York Times today has an editorial expressing concern over press freedom in China int he run-up to the Olympics: To win the right to host the Games, Beijing promised to expand press freedoms for foreign reporters and...

China’s Media Freedom is in Name Only

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, in addition to the International Olympic Committee refusing to pressure China for greater media freedom, Chinese officials have ordered broadcast delays during the Olympic Games. If...

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