What Shanghai Is Going Through Is News to Many in the Rest of China
 

What Shanghai Is Going Through Is News to Many in the Rest of China

04/2022

//For weeks, Shanghai has made international headlines as a Covid-19 outbreak has forced the city’s 25 million residents to lock down in their homes, many in severe distress over how to get food and medical care.

Yet in the rest of China, it is easy to get the impression that nothing out of the ordinary is going on in Shanghai…

“On WeChat, the kind of information you get depends on your choices of friends, the chat groups you are in and the public accounts you follow,” said Kecheng Fang, who teaches journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and studies online discourse in China. He said in the absence of credible news sources, he has been relying on friends who live in Shanghai for firsthand information.//

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