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  • Speaker | 1 June, 2017

    China’s Media Censorship Problem: A Work in Progress

    The current Chinese government’s information control paradigm is the result of decades-long process of “crossing the river by feeling the stones.” Just as the Party experimented with various economic models during Reform and Opening Up in the 1980s and 90s, so its attempts to develop an effective media control model has very much been a work in progress. This talk will trace the evolution of the Party’s approach, from the surprising openness of the 1980s, followed by the post-1989 “ice age”, to the challenge of digital technology in the mid-90s and subsequent explosion of Internet and hybrid media forms in the new millennium. Topics include: the transition in the 1980s-90s from a State-subsidized media system to the current commercialised structure, the increasing role of self-censorship in the information control process, the role of English-language State media, the rise of the “Big Vs” and the fate of Weibo, and a history of the shifting external PR justifications for media censorship, including the new more overt rationales being developed in the Xi Jinping era.

    David Moser holds a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, and is currently Academic Director of the CET Program at Beijing Capital Normal University. He has worked for CCTV as a host, program director and translator, and is still a frequent commentator on Chinese media. He is also a frequent guest on the BBC’s “Business Matters” and Al Jazeera news. His recent book is A Billion Voices: China’s Search for a Common Language, published by Penguin.

    Happy Hour | 25 May, 2017

    FCCC Happy Hour

    Join the new FCCC board for a happy hour drink and a talk with Mary Kay Magistad.

    “Life after China”  Prize-winning radio journalist (and former FCCC president) Mary Kay Magistad left Beijing several years ago but hasn’t left China behind. Join the creator and host of “Whose Century is It?” for a wide-ranging discussion on China, the U.S., radio vs podcasts, and much more.

    Mary Kay Magistad founded the NPR bureau in Beijing, covered East Asia for BBC’s The World, and has reported from 40 countries in over two decades of journalism. She won the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award for her coverage of stem cell research in China, and the Overseas Press Club award for her series on only children coming of age. She now hosts “Whose Century Is It?” from San Francisco, but hasn’t yet broadcast the episode where she concludes the future belongs to the FCCC.

    Moderator Lucy Hornby is deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times in Beijing.