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Chinese Media has Quietly Transformed

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Chinese Media has Quietly Transformed

The Chinese government has long been criticized for attacking the freedom of press, and for controlling media content by all means. Nevertheless, the Chinese media has undergone series of quiet transformations after the Wen Zhou High-speed Train Crash.

“The transformation is(vt-when did it happen?past?) triggered by the social networking tool, Weibo,” said Qian Gang, the author of “The great earthquake of Tangshan”.

After the High-speed Train crashed in Wen Zhou on July 23, 2011, Weibo became the fastest internet tool to transmit messages. People could use it to call for help, while reporters could use it to get first hand information.(good!)

For example, Chinese President Hu Jintao went to the crash scene few days after the accident happened (inc sentence/example). With live broadcast on Weibo, media could get direct access to Hu’s speech, instead of getting information from the official government press, XinHua News. Thus, the Chinese government could have no way to hide anything from the media.

“Another reason for transformation is the raise of professionalism among the Chinese Media,” Qian added. “They insist on telling the truth. If possible, they may try to expose as much of the truth as they can.”

The speech of Hu Jintao at the crash scene encouraged the media to report the truth behind the train crash. The media were no longer afraid of the Publicity Department of the PRC, the organization known as a barrier to freedom of press.

Although the Publicity Department can still control major newspapers' front page, Qian said that the indirect encouragement from Hu had played an important role in the undercurrent of media transformation.

“The media started to have the guts to show their original front page on Weibo, and put the censored version in the news stands.” He expected that this trend will continue to grow, that the Chinese Media will continue to fight for more news freedom in the coming future.


--095137 周海喬 CHAU, HOI KIU PHOEBE 2011年10月25日 (二) 23:32 (UTC)

Good job with this article, it is complete, with a clear news angle, and varied sentence structure. Easy to read and informative.
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