Monday, November 30, 2015

First #BRICS Media Summit in authoritarian #China

First BRICS Media Summit begins in Beijing Tomorrow. N. Ram Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu Group of Publications and Aroon Purie Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group are on the list of invitees.The first BRICS media summit, initiated and hosted by Xinhua News Agency, draws more than 100 attendants from major media organizations of BRICS countries.
'Media organizations should conduct regular exchanges and cooperation to build a base for information sharing and people-to-people communication in order to promote development of the partnership among BRICS countries', said Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.

Interesting to note that China's media environment remains one of the world's most restrictive.Chinese government has long kept tight reins on both traditional and new media to avoid potential subversion of its authority. Its tactics often entail strict media controls using monitoring systems and firewalls, shuttering publications or websites, and jailing dissident journalists, bloggers, and activists. Google's battle with the Chinese government over Internet censorship, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee's awarding of the 2010 Peace Prize to jailed Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, have also increased international attention to censorship issues in China.Chinese media regulations allows authorities to crack down on news stories by claiming that they expose state secrets and endanger the country.