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A thought of impartiality

February 3, 2009

According to incomplete statistics, there are at least 50 large enterprises in China, the Chinese local brands and entrepreneurs in a short time of 18 months, one after another were disclosed by media ” under the “accident.” If you open a number of large and small magazines, newspapers, Internet pages, you will find many all kinds of  significant problems of Chinese famous brands were frequently exposed, so that consumers and businesse all feel scared.

Low-quality, cheap wines full of water

china daily

china daily

This reminds me of the impartiality of news and media “violence”, which is a popular word in China.

What is the impartiality of news? This is a matter of debate. Journalists and readers to the views of the fairness of different positions and starting point. Readers expect journalists in news gathering, writing, editing process, to take a specialized mode of operation, from the perspective of public interest and the structure of news, rather than from the individual’s preference proceeding. Honestly, there is a difference in personal bias and values estimation, so an absolutely objective news report always does not exist. But news reports should do their utmost to work out the most objective, true, accurate and fair report.

The principles of news is to respect the facts, and seeking truth from facts. This is also an inevitable requirement of the truth of the news. Although the impartiality of the news is in respected by  both eastern and western media, but in specific news practice, impartiality is impossible to achieve, because of the position of media and journalists affected. News of the principle of justice is facing many challenges, and it  needs the  journalists a to pursuit as a goal, or try their best to work on.

News unfairness include: the facts are inaccurate, incomplete, not comprehensive, in depth, there is no explanation, no background, no context. In addition, refusing to report a piece of news, or refusing to correct false reports, reporting rumors and lies, not to verify the facts, violence, invasions of privacy and so on.

Not long ago,  a book named”fair journalism” which was published by American “Freedom Forum” pointed out that newspapers often eight injustices:

1 the fact that the newspaper made a mistake;

2 the newspaper refused to admit their mistakes;

3 the newspaper refused to disclose the news source;

4 newspaper hired ignorance, shallow or unqualified journalists;

5 newspaper like  to attack the weak for fun;

6 newspapers focused on negative news;

7 the lack of multi-newspaper;

8 Newspaper editors and reporters reporting views of individual in the press.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2009 12:02 PM

    Really interesting post Daphne. I think it is really interesting to have China as a case study in our presentation because they have such different censorship of the media compared to America or the UK. It is also interesting to consider whether news output can be impartial if so many things are censored out?

    Would you be able to tell us more about how Chinese media censorship works? Are there any media outlets that are anti-government?

    I also found some links that might be useful. – This is a report by the Council for Foreign Relations on media censorship in China – The organisation Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for press freedom ranked China 163 out of 168 countries in its 2007 table on world press freedom. – More recently the Chinese media cut away from Barack Obama’s inaugaration speech when he made a reference to communism.


  2. Owen permalink*
    February 12, 2009 4:08 PM

    Good post Daphne, how do the Chinese people view the strict media in your home country? Are they content with having some things censored, or are they incensed the truth is being kept?

  3. huijunzheng permalink*
    March 12, 2009 12:19 AM

    Well, honestly,most Chinese people don’t think it’s strictly censored, I think it’s partly because of Chinese culture,it’s like Chinese people never disclose the things not good for them.And sometimes I find it’s difficult to understand the way of reporting of western media,as I think it’s very open-minded.
    And because there is just one political party, it’s impossible to be absolutely impartial.May be some Chinese are not content with communism,but it is true most Chinese people are content with the government’s work.

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