National Press Club

Chinese Press Freedom In The Spotlight

April 30, 2018

Chinese Press Freedom In The Spotlight

On this edition of Update One, broadcast journalist and National Press Club member Irv Chapman examines the role of the press in China. Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, discusses the limited range of press freedom allowed both Chinese and foreign journalists. Daly says a "vibrant" Chinese press can print and broadcast a wide range of information and entertainment, as long as it does not challenge the agenda set by the regime. And Chinese citizens are increasingly reluctant to talk to foreigners, but they have an improving standard of living and pride in their country's progress. They also are allowed to leave the country at will to travel, so few are inclined to push the boundaries of press freedom.

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