Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A reason for skepticism

This is a good explanation of one of the reasons that journalistic sources cannot be considered definitive when learning about government and politics anywhere.

Bloomberg News Is Said to Curb Articles That Might Anger China
The decision came in an early evening call to four journalists huddled in a Hong Kong conference room…

The investigative report they had been working on for the better part of a year, which detailed the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders, would not be published…

“[Mr. Winkler] said, ‘If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,’” one of the employees said. Less than a week later, a second article, about the children of senior Chinese officials employed by foreign banks, was also declared dead, employees said…

Bloomberg News infuriated the government in 2012 by publishing a series of articles on the personal wealth of the families of Chinese leaders, including the new Communist Party chief, Xi Jinping. Bloomberg’s operations in China have suffered since, as new journalists have been denied residency and sales of its financial terminals to state enterprises have slowed…

Other news organizations have come under similar pressure. The websites of The New York Times, including a new Chinese-language edition, were blocked when it published an article in October 2012 on the family wealth of Wen Jiabao, then the prime minister. Like Bloomberg, The Times has also not received residency visas for new journalists…

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2 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Bloomberg Says News Service Did Not Kill Articles on China

"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday insisted that Bloomberg News, which he owns, did not censor itself by killing two articles related to China… "

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Bloomberg News Suspends Reporter Whose Article on China Was Not Published

"[Michael Forsythe a] reporter for Bloomberg News [who has written award-winning investigative articles on China and] who worked on an unpublished article about China, which employees for the company said had been killed for political reasons by top Bloomberg editors, was suspended last week by managers…

"The article, about a Chinese tycoon and his ties to families of Communist Party leaders, was written by Mr. Forsythe and Shai Oster. Mr. Winkler has denied that the article was killed…

"Bloomberg L.P., the parent company of Bloomberg News, receives much of its revenue from selling subscriptions for its financial-information terminals. After Bloomberg News published an article in June 2012 on the family wealth of Xi Jinping, at that time the incoming Communist Party chief, sales of Bloomberg terminals in China slowed, as officials ordered state enterprises not to subscribe. Officials also blocked Bloomberg’s website on Chinese servers, and the company has been unable to get residency visas for new journalists…"

 

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