A mandatory training program for all Chinese journalists began Saturday. The program will last until the end of the year, but participating journalists were already told not to write anything that would favour Japan with regard to the issues on history and territory.
The training program, required by the Chinese Communist Party, gathered about 250,000 journalists working for media organizations across the country. They were reminded what kind of government China has as they were taught the basics of a Marxist view on journalism and how news-making – from gathering to editing – is done in a communist country. They were also instructed on the laws and regulations, norms included, in a government-controlled media.
Once completing the “re-education,” journalists will have to take and pass an examination before they can renew their press accreditation. The exam will take place between January and February next year. The program is also considered the first training by the ruling party made before the accreditation renewal.
Besides the issues with Japan, the Chinese journalists were also told how the United States is “trying to undermine” China. Asian neighbours Vietnam and the Philippines, both having territorial disputes with China over a group of islands in the South China Sea, were also criticized. It’s also known that other ASEAN members are having issues with China.
It may be understandable how journalists with a communist government, which controls the media in the country, were told to reject democratic ideology. However, to require them to reject human rights is way beyond reasonable comprehension. Both principles are considered by China to be values of the West and are “targeting China’s Communist Party.”
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