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    China’s Media Censorship Problem: A Work in Progress

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    Date(s) - 01/06/2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


    Royal Norwegian Embassy


    1 Sanlitun Dong Yi Road, Beijing, China


    +86 10 8531 9600



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    FCCC Members free, Non-members 100 RMB

    The current Chinese government’s information control paradigm is the result of decades-long process of “crossing the river by feeling the stones.” Just as the Party experimented with various economic models during Reform and Opening Up in the 1980s and 90s, so its attempts to develop an effective media control model has very much been a work in progress. This talk will trace the evolution of the Party’s approach, from the surprising openness of the 1980s, followed by the post-1989 “ice age”, to the challenge of digital technology in the mid-90s and subsequent explosion of Internet and hybrid media forms in the new millennium. Topics include: the transition in the 1980s-90s from a State-subsidized media system to the current commercialised structure, the increasing role of self-censorship in the information control process, the role of English-language State media, the rise of the “Big Vs” and the fate of Weibo, and a history of the shifting external PR justifications for media censorship, including the new more overt rationales being developed in the Xi Jinping era.

    David Moser holds a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, and is currently Academic Director of the CET Program at Beijing Capital Normal University. He has worked for CCTV as a host, program director and translator, and is still a frequent commentator on Chinese media. He is also a frequent guest on the BBC’s “Business Matters” and Al Jazeera news. His recent book is A Billion Voices: China’s Search for a Common Language, published by Penguin.


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