Dong Han and how internet hasn’t democratized news in China April 18, 2009Posted by Raquel in symposium.
Tags: China, Dong Han, freedom of journalism, people's net, sina.com
“They want to boost internet for the economy but at the same time control content,” he said.
The core of the state regulation is licensing, or who can set up a news website. For people in the government it’s easy and even encouraged. But for people that wanted to establish big commercial websites they can, those that want to drive traffic, as long as their content is controlled.
In conclusion, the popular news sites controlled by the state load people with propaganda and there can’t be an independent source on political news. Which means that internet is not acting as a democratizing force for news in China.