Journalism With Chinese Characteristics

Friday, June 20, 2008


There is real investigative reporting in China, it’s just not done under a free press flag. Instead, practitioners mind an unstated set of rules, keeping themselves safe by employing tactics like using excessive jargon and exploiting government rivalries. It's an evolving dance requiring ingenuity, subtlety, courage and a willingness to be fired every day. Plus, a conversation with the former host of ‘At Night You’re Not Lonely,’ a call-in radio show that dispenses hard-won wisdom to the factory girls of Shenzhen, a city in flux.

Comments [2]

Joss from Ohio

What fantastic music at the end of this segment -- I was surprised when my husband remarked it was Chinese! I was wondering if you could share with us the name of the very modern Chinese song that caps off this segment?

Jul. 06 2008 08:35 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

I never downloaded this week's program, telling myself that I was not interested in China. While I listened to the broadcast, the irony of that thought coming from someone who had tagged the Chinese embassy in D.C. with the slogan, "Killing Yoke" on the 2nd anniversary of the massacre of the democracy movement and whose first memory of a slur against him was an anonymous shout of "Chink!" in 5th grade (though I have no known Asian ancestry), became manifest.

I cheered when the President I, then, most despised, Nixon, made his opening with China, publicly berated G.H.W. Bush when he claimed offering China most favored nation trading status was an act of political courage at a Yale Commencement speech and found the great cabbage eating strike after Tiananmen Square the most persuasively pungent political protest of the last century. Yeah, sure, I’m not interested!

Thanks for reminding me.

The "monkey-dance", meanwhile, it seems to me is part and parcel of the news reporting business the world over, now. The pressures are different; the self-censorship is the same.

Jun. 24 2008 05:03 AM

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