Monday.COME "We’re Closer to Our Dream than Ever? ─ Media Censorship in China"
The Constitution of the People's Republic of China states to protect the people's freedom of speech and of the press. But in a recent incident, the title of Southern Weekly's New Year special issue, "China's Dream, the Dream of Constitutionalism" was censored by the Propaganda Department and turned into "We're Closer to Our Dream than Ever." Media censorship in China happens every day, but why has this incident with Southern Weekly caused such an extensive uproar? Is this a strike back from Mainland journalists who have had enough? Is this a demonstration of the people's civil awareness in this era of the Internet? Is this a counter effect of the Propaganda Department's crossing the line by further tightening its grip?
Monday.COME is delighted to have former editor of Southern Weekly and former associate editor of Sun Affairs Weekly, Chai Ziwen to come share with us how journalists in the Mainland persist in telling the truth and what pressure they face.
Topic: We're Closer to Our Dream than Ever?─Media censorship
Date: 21 January 2013 (Monday)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: NAH 312
Speaker: Chai Ziwen (The Secretary of Renaissance Foundation, former editor of Southern Weekly, former associate editor of Sun Affairs Weekly)
Host: Eric Poon (Professional Consultant, School of Journalism and Communication)
Language: Cantonese (Putonghua and English can be used in discussion)
Lunch:HK$10 (The School and GPA Department subsidize the remainder. Lunch is provided for REGISTERED participants only.)
Notes:Monday.COME is open to students and staff of the School of Journalism and Communication, and Department of Government and Public Administration only and is closed to the press.