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China In Pursuit of Greater Freedom

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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Choya Choi


MAR 27-News banned. Social network sites blocked. The degree of freedom of speech in China remains at a low level, but is improving, said Schlesinger.


David Schlesinger, Chairman of Thomson Reuters China, has been practicing journalism in China for over 20 years. He believes it is no easy task in reporting in China as “you never know when your articles would irritate the Chinese government.”


“Accuracy is very important in this kind of reporting because every mistake can possibly cause you in jail,” said Schlesinger, suggesting also fair and unbiased reporting.


Other than legal problem, he also pointed out the unified reporting in China.


“We are really blocked and restricted in reporting,” said Schlesinger. “What Xinhua said, everybody else follow.”


Even if reporters in China could break through to get approach to important interviewees, Schlesinger stressed that they have to understand and protect the sources.


“Sources are one of the most important elements in China reporting because information is difficult to obtain officially, and a reliable source would be the core of the construction of a story.”


Fortunately, Schlesinger said, the rise of the social network Weibo in China has provided a platform for people to speak their minds, even sensitive issues.


Although there are still restrictions on reporting, Schlesinger believes China is slowly stepping aside to open the gate for journalists.


“Don’t avoid reporting sensitive issues,” said Schlesinger.


--095008 2012年3月27日 (二) 23:34 (UTC)
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