Introduction

‘Successful newspapers reinforce the prejudices of their readers’. Using simplified sociological perceptions and some additional inferences, I discuss this in the context of two contrasting national titles, namely Financial Times and The Independent, and analyse what seems to be the prejudices, attitudes and editorial mindsets of each. The illustration is based on how the biases are demonstrated in specific items taken from issues of each paper and the explanation of possible reasons.

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The development and limitations of citizen journalism in China

Research purpose

Citizen journalism is starting to pick up in China – at least in certain quarters. But when we correlate citizen journalism to China we’ll surely be confronted with such a mixed picture which suggests that a more nuanced theoretical approach to the relationship between the Internet and people is required, one that gives due attention not only to the properties of specific technologies qua technologies, but also to the political, social, and cultural context in which they are deployed. Moreover, with the Chinese-language Internet soon to become the largest part of the global Internet, we need more bridges, more collaboration, more dialogue, and better understanding. With the development of technology, citizen journalism will introduce fresh voices into the national discourse on various topics, and help build communities of interest through their collective resources.

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Wang Lili, a 52-year-old journalist working at Tongzhou Times for 4 years, got fired by his company merely because of a picture he shot and published in which the proprietor of Tongzhou is making a work report in People’s Congress. According to bloggerQian Liexian[zh], the official statement about Wang’s dismissal is: “His photo distorted the spirit of congress and made the proprietor acting like pleading guilty, which generated a very bad political effect.” Wang Lili hitherto hasn’t found his job.
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Nanjie Village, a small village in Henan Province and once the so-called ‘red billionaire village’ and ‘Republic of Chairman Mao’, is recently revealed by Chinese media that it is totally a phoney. Changping[zh] compares it with the fake tiger photo last year arguing that it indicates the bankruptcy of planned economic system and the extreme left ideology.

I recently read an article in FT titled Chinese dragon roars over Indian industry saying that the increasing amount of Sino-Indian trade is heavily tilted in China’s favour, with the deficit more than doubling to $9.17bn in the past fiscal year and the growing trade imbalance between the two countries in favour of Beijing has proved to be one of the most contentious issues.According to Financial Times China looks like having the upper hand at least for the next few years. “Let the dragon and the elephant dance together and not be separated by a ‘Chinese wall’,”wrote Amit Mitra, secretary-general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, in The Times of India, in a call for a more level playing field on trade. (more…)

The world’s most populous nation, the world’s biggest consumer of raw materials, and now the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, China strides irresistibly towards its economic and political destiny. But as Beijing prepares for its Olympic extravaganza this summer, the cultural life of the 1.3 billion people who live and work in this economic superpower remains a closed book to many in the west – their bestselling authors unfamiliar, their most exciting writers untranslated.  (more…)

BEIJING (Reuters) – “The United States stressed on Thursday that it opposes Taiwan plans to hold a referendum on U.N. membership, while China urged Washington to help oppose the vote that it calls a dangerous provocation.” 2008 is not a tough year to China but that is not to say everything in this year will be blithe. China remains jittery, especially with Beijing’s Olympic Games in August drawing additional attention to its actions.

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