Censorship in the Media

China restricts sites like Google, Facebook and Youtube.

China restricts sites like Google, Facebook and Youtube.

China is also known as “the People’s Republic of China,” which works as a single-party socialist republic nation. The leadership, which is the Communist Party, is the one and only group that holds the power in the country. Other than that, the leadership of the country includes the Communist Party of China, the Central People’s Government and their respective provincial representatives. Registered voters select the people’s congress members, starting at the local level, up to the main purposes of the congress, which role is to overlook the local government. They then choose the next set of congress’s members, which is known to be the Provincial People’s Congress. The Provincial People’s Congress votes for the members of the National People’s Congress. It might be deemed as confusing and complex, but the Chinese political system is seen to be, and works as a leveled system. This means that the each committee or sector of the government at each level has a very important role in controlling the different local affairs of the country.

Voters have the capability to choose the leaders that would overlook the local government.

Voters have the capability to choose the leaders that would overlook the local government.

Chinese media system works in three ways. First, it has the responsibility in serving the state by spreading appropriate information. Second, the media are not allowed to criticize the state. And lastly, both private and public owned media are controlled by the state. This model basically summarizes the current media system of China. As many people know, the government restricts certain sites, such as YouTube, Facebook and Google for censorship.

The media is not allowed to broadcast anything that could demoralize authority or disagree existing political values. Basically, journalists are harmless if they follow the invisible censor rules. Although at times, they may get trapped if they continue to criticize and hurt the image of the government. Chinese media has become progressively commercialized, with increasing competition, varied content, and investigative broadcasting.

 

Photos from http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/google-accuses-china-of-tampering-with-gmail-53345.html and http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/03/wukan-villagers-elections-protests