July 20, 2005

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All the news that's shit to print

In the don't believe anything you read in the Chinese press department, today's SCMP:

Fake news cooked up by reporters and interest groups has become a serious problem and the industry should improve its professional standards, academics at a Peking University conference said.

Wu Tingjun , dean of Huazhong University of Science and Technology's school of journalism and communications, said yesterday the four main elements corrupting mainland journalism were fake stories, paid news, stories in poor taste and false advertising...

Yin Yungong , director of the journalism and communication institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the mainland had a "somewhat serious" problem of journalists siding with interest groups and creating fake news.

Of course, this would never happen in the Western media, and especially not the SCMP.

posted by Simon on 07.20.05 at 09:34 AM in the


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