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The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China

The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China is an expanded, English-language edition of He Qinglian’s 2004 groundbreaking study of China’s media censorship system, Media Control in China. It analyzes how media control in China is carried out through an elaborate architecture of pervasive Party supervision, a broad and vague state secrets system, stringent publishing and licensing mechanisms, control over key personnel, and the concentration of press groups under a handful of media organizations operating directly under the Party. He Qinglian also describes how new technologies, provided in part by Western companies, have strengthened Internet surveillance and censorship. He Qinglian (何清涟) is an economist from China and is the author of several books, including China’s Pitfall. She has been living in the United States since 2001.

He Qinglian

The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China – Table of Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Shattering the Myths about China's Media Market Chapter One: Media Control and Public Ignorance Media control in China before 1978 Media control since ""reform and opening-up"" in 1978 The myth of China's ""media reform"" in 2003 Chapter Two: Government Control of the Chinese Media The law versus the constitution The Chinese government's tracking and management of the media ""Unified news coverage"" of major incidents The political education and thought control of media professionals The life and times of China's propaganda czars Chapter Three: The Political and Economic Control of Media Workers The media's political pyramid The function of rank Case study: CCTV's ""Focus"" Chapter Four: ""Internal (neibu) Documents"" and the Secrecy System Anything can be a state secret Classified documents and public access to information Chapter Five: Chinese Journalists—Dancing in Shackles Control of news sources and reporting News blackouts of mining disasters The use of violence The Public Security Bureau and court orders A Worker's Daily issue recalled Chapter Six: News Censorship and Half-truths Interference in the Project Hope corruption scandal Lies sprinkled with truth: The Nanjing poisoning case Chapter Seven: Journalismas a High-risk Occupation The death of Feng Zhaoxia The arrest of Ma Hailin The jailing of Gao Qinrong The recall of a ""reactionary book"" Jiang Weiping, jailed for subversion Exposing official corruption as a punishable offense Chapter Eight: A Prickly Rosebush Cut Off at the Root Southern Weekend's heyday Reasons for Southern Weekend's Survival The gradual evisceration of Southern Weekend Why was Southern Weekend rendered powerless? Chapter Nine: Foreign Journalists in China ""Free"" foreign journalists and ""unfree"" interviewees Containing foreign journalists Using foreign journalists Foreign journalists in Chinese media The stories of two foreign journalists Chapter Ten: Foreign Investment in China's Media Industry Chinese media off-limits to foreign investors A pack of lies Controlling access to foreign news in China Can foreign investment bring press freedom? Chapter Eleven: The Hijacked Potential of China's Internet The development of the Internet in China The Chinese government's control of the Internet China's ""Big Brother""—the ""Golden Shield"" The psychological Great Wall of China The Chinese government's interference in the Internet Chapter Twelve: Media Control and Foreign Relations The continued influence of Cold War ideology on China's international relations Ideological indoctrination and the creation of enemies The effect of propaganda on social ethics The Chinese government's control over news and public opinion Cheering in China after 9/11 Conculsion: How Far is China from Democracy? Change and continuity in China Spreading lies to the world How far is China from democracy? A democratic China's contribution to the world Glossary of Publications Notes


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