Chinese journalism in a nutshell
January 15, 2007 2:54pm CST
Imagine the following scenario in the China Daily newsroom: * News of a Russian reporter (Anna Politkovskaya) being shot dead in Moscow reach the editor. * Fellow Chinese journalists are upset over this tragedy, and they decide to write an article about it. * Article is written and published online, it's one of the top stories. * Senior political moderator reads and starts to ponder how suitable this article is, since it would imply many things about Chinese journalists. He decides to ban the article. * Editors are removing the article, but they weren't instructed to remove the two headlines on the front page, which are now linking two empty stories about the incident. The difference now, though, is that the empty articles imply so much more than the two original articles. This is conveying information without actually having any information.