…The truth is China punditry is always looking through a dark, distorted and murky glass. Here are two headlines from two good newspapers with excellent China staffs on the same day:
Here are remarks I made at the News Agencies World Congress in Baku: The Pen is Not a Menace – Protecting Journalists and Journalism By David Schlesinger A journalist is not a soldier. A pen is not a menace. A camera is not a gun. Yet to far too many crooked governments,..
I’m part of a ChinaFile debate on the state of the South China Morning Post. The whole conversation is here. I make five urgent points I feel the newspaper needs to act on immediately: 1. Write and publish a strong code of ethics and standards making clear that news decisions are taken without regard to politics..
I’m part of a ChinaFile debate on Where Is China’s Internet Headed after Cyberczar Lu Wei was replaced. The full debate is here. My contribution is: WHITHER THE INTER- INTRA-NET IN CHINA By David Schlesinger China’s internet is huge – 700 million+ users – and at only some 52% penetration of the population poised..
I’m leading off the comment in a new ChinaFile conversation. The full debate is here, and my contribution is below: What’s Driving the Current Storm of Chinese Censorship? By David Schlesinger We must look back with equal measures of humility and wonder to the time when many journalists, Chinese intellectuals, and pundits predicted—or, more accurately,..
I participated in the following ChinaFile debate: How Long Can China’s Internet Thrive if the Rest of the World Gets Shut Out? Last week, Chinese authorities announced that as of March 10, foreign-invested companies would not be allowed to publish anything on the Chinese Internet unless they have obtained government permission to publish with a..
The great thing about learning more is, of course, realizing how little you actually know for sure! I’ve spent much of my adult life thinking about China and trying to understand it. What’s clear to me is how hard it is to try to get a firm grasp on reality. In this short interview, done..
I joined a ChinaFile conversation on the SCMP deal. The entire conversation can be read here This is my contribution: Overseas is a big place, and China’s soft-power ambitions can fill a large globe.While fears for the South China Morning Post and for Hong Kong’s future of free press and free expression are very real—and..