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Tencent Weibo saves the press freedom

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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The freedom of press in Mainland China was always being questioned. And it is related to the people’s right to know. Qian Gang, director of the China Media Project at The University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Center, talks about the future of (out) press freedom in a journalism seminar at Shue Yan University today. He believes Weibo, a popular microblog in China, would act as an exit.


723 banned reports

Qian takes the 723 train accident in Wenzhou as an example, as the Publicity Department had banned all the negative reporting and only allowed the positive ones. And media were not allowed to visit Wenzhou. They can only reproduce news from Xinhua News Agency, which is state-owned. “Media cannot report freely,” he blamed.


Weibo, the hope of media

In fact, there had been residents posting pictures of the train and passengers seeking help on Weibo much earlier then the official release of the news. Although posts are suddenly deleted sometimes according to Qian, reporters still love to put their reports onto Weibo when the government prohibits it. This act even raises more concern from the citizens.


“Without Weibo, reporters are unable to (public how they are suffered),” said Qian. He thinks Weibo is not only a hope, and it will cause improvement to the media in China.

--095146 FOK, HOI YAN 2011年10月25日 (二) 23:26 (UTC)

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