The Doha Forum and Al Jazeera asked Maria Ressa, Time Magazine’s person of the year, Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s first press secretary, and me to debate to debate the current parlous state of journalism – from journalists being murdered, arrested, harassed and targeted for their reporting to fake news charges poisoning the whole ground of..
I published the following in the Nikkei Asian Review here The full text is below: Pity America’s poor internet giants, struggling to add big growth onto already bloated and maturing customer bases! Where must their gaze naturally fall but the promised land of China: so big, so enticing, yet so closed to them and so..
This June I’m part of a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists to Japan, where we will advocate for continued and expanded press freedoms and participate in public forums at Waseda and Sophia Universities. Full details are available here. In April, I spoke at Hitotsubashi University on “Journalists, Consultants and Charlatans: How We All..
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 wrote the following for a discussion on ChinaFile. It will be published at https://www.chinafile.com/conversation/how-should-trump-deal-china-and-how-should-china-deal-trump on November 11 U.S. time. CHINA AND TRUMP – SO WHAT ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS By David Schlesinger Pity the Chinese human rights campaigner or intellectual who looked to the United States as a beacon, a model, a source of..
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..