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Freedom of expression in China is in hands of independent digital means

Chinese man on the phone. Credit: Xiangrui Huang

Chinese man on the phone. Credit: Xiangrui Huang

Laura Anglès.- Independent digital media are an alternative to the censorship implemented by the Chinese Government. So has said university professor and journalist Ying Chan, who has granted an interview to The Tyee, where he spoke about the precarious situation of Chinese communication means. “Social media, while heavily censored, have created space for public expression and a platform for the creation of independent online media. In China, reporters and editors could be fired or jailed for doing their job and telling the truth”

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, China remains one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists. As of Dec. 1, 2013, 32 journalists were in jail in China. China is a digital superpower: by the end of 2013, 618 million users -45% of its population-, were connected online, and 500 million are social network users from smartphones and other devices.

In a future, Ying Chan predicts, “while the government will continue to clamp down on expression and dissent, journalists and the public will find smart ways to cope”. The journalist hopes that new devices and technologies will be developed, which will allow freedom of expression, at the same time as the avoid Governmental citizenship.

Source: Clases de Periodismo

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Translated by Clàudia Arqués

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