Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Censorship in China

Read this story in today's New York Times, about a fatal car wreck in China.
How does the government reaction to the news reflect the presentation on China's media from last week? Also on Page A4.
Fatal car wreck

Four sentences in comments below, by 5 pm Wednesday.

13 comments:

  1. In short: the Chinese government leaves nothing to chance. Whereas the previous week's news was editorialized and targeted at the government itself, the "attack" came from within an industry that is routinely controlled. This event's "origin" is still in question and if it were to be a purposeful "protest" the Chinese government does not want to allow for any "stirring of the pot" through martyrdom. This is really business as usual for a country in the throws of an identity crisis that has gone on for the last 3 decades.

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  2. This shows again how much control the government has in the media as it was able to delete witness photographs and postings on social media concerning the incident. If this was a protest against policies or the government, China could want to quiet the incident so others who do not agree with them will not feel that there may be others with the same ideas. Since the authorities were able to delete photos from the AFP journalists it may be hard for the rest of the world to know what truly happened.

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  3. Every part of China is different, which will make some war with one another. They are trying to keep journalists or any eyewitnesses away from the scene so it doesn’t make headlines because they want to live in their own little bubble and don’t want anyone else to know about anything bad happening in the country. The authorities are taking advantage of the situation since they know they can keep people from posting, as well as make getting a passport for another country bordering China a hellish ordeal.

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  4. This just shows how much control the government has over the media. China does not want anyone to know about any possible negative things that could be happening. If this is a potential terrorist attack China does not want people getting that idea. They immediately deleted pictures and things online that included and showed facts about this incident, that shows how they can control the media.

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  5. I got this news yesterday from WeiBo (the social network same as twitter) The first information just showed:The ChangAn avenue road closed. no one knows the reason. And then the same blog said: It was a traffic accident and told the audience how many people dead and how many people were injured in this accident. That’s all, no more detail and no reason to explain why the accident happened. When I read this article from New York Times I got more detail about this “accident”~ And I know why the media won’t report the “truth “, because they controlled by our government. The government doesn’t want people to know there are some conflicts or some anti-government forces in China, they want to tell us that we live in a harmonious society. The truth is mastered by the government rather than the media.

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  7. People might be divided over whether the news media is a reliable source of unbiased information. Some people may say that the news media is creditable since it is watched by the government. In my opinion, according to this article, the news cannot be accurate. I remembered from last presantation about China media that China government has prohibited the people from accessing any outside news, which are anti-government, except for the media aired by its national televisin station or newspapar. Likewise in the article, the news can be distorted. Most people cannot know how to distinguish between the truth and distorted information. No other reason in my mind regarding the issue seems to outweigh the points discusse above. It's a big deal.

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  8. It is really sad to see a government who cares more about power and control than anything else. I am sure that is the case with most governments anyway, but with China they clearly don't care for it to be known. We heard a little about how censored China can be on the internet in last week's presentation. In the article it talked about how Chinese government soon took down images on the internet of this wreck that were posted. The Chinese don't know why it happened, so they don't want the people to know either.

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  9. Immediatley deleting the pics of the incident shows that the Chinese goverment does not want any negative images or news broadcasted. They are very strict with what they allow for media content.

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  10. I just can not believe why Chinese goverment could do like this. I feel so sorry to the people who dided by the accident and their family as well, because the fact which the people was killed by the acident was pretend like nothing happend. Media always have to tell only fact and truth, not like. The chinese goverment act which does not allow free media just get worse citizen's trust to the goverment.

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  11. I just don't get it. Why must the Chinese keep thier journalist from doing what they need to put out there. I understand that the ultimate goal is control but it doesn't make sense.

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  12. I think this is the shame to Chinese people, when I was in China I always saw this situation and I can't believe why the government do this to the people and I hope our new leader can change this situation.

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  13. I was rather appalled the Chinese people would allow this to happen. The Government needs to stop these kinds of actions or eventually the government will not be able to stop the uproar of the billions of citizens in China.

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