China’s Watchdog Journalism Slips Away

Five years of President Xi Jinping’s authoritarian rule have had a devastating impact on China's investigative journalists. Their numbers and outlets have diminished, and those who remain feel lost, according to analyst Helen Gao. Worse, the impact will likely affect not only journalism but also "innovation, professionalism and the long-held 'can-do' ethos among the Chinese." Writes Gao: "In tearing down the social ecosystem that investigative journalists helped build, Xi Jinping may be draining not just the vitality of society, but also his vision of the country’s future."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: April 28, 2018