Thursday, January 1, 2015

Global Times Claims China's Journalists "Do Not Enjoy Free Speech as Their Western Counterparts Do"

On December 18, 2014, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “Western Supremacy Echoed in RWB Report” (in English) and “Claims That ‘China is World Leading Jailer of Journalists’ is a Foreign Rumor” (“中国拘禁记者全球最多”是洋谣言) in Chinese. The English version stated:
Chinese journalists do not enjoy free speech as their Western counterparts do, but being detained or arrested by the government is certainly not the normal state of their work and life.
The Chinese version stated:
We do not believe that the work environment for China’s journalists is without problems, and we have a heartfelt hope that the space for expression for news media personnel can continue to expand.

As noted previously on this blog, just days before publishing this the Global Times published another op-ed claiming that "Online political discussions on China’s Internet are the most lively on the planet."