Author: Emily Rocha


EMILY ROCHA WRITES – Media coverage of the recent monumental meeting between Chinese and Taiwanese presidents differs between the two states, as each attempts to push their own agenda. On November 7, in Singapore, a historic handshake between the Beijing and Taipai leaders occurred, the first since the declaration of the People’s Republic of China during Chinese revolution in the late 1940s. But just as the men refused to acknowledge the official title of the other, rather referring to one another as “mister” rather than “president,” the Chinese and Taiwanese coverage offered nearly opposite perspectives of the encounter. The Chinese media, including Xinhua News Agency, the Global Times, and the People’s Daily, wrote in support of their president’s efforts in meeting with the elected leader of Taiwan, stating that unification between the two states is “[President] Xi’s ‘Chinese dream,’” along with a demonstration of China’s commitment to regional stability, development and peace. Additionally, the state-aligned media argued that the meeting was an example of China’s ability to problem solve, especially with an issue as old as Taiwan. Said outlets used this interaction as an opportunity to propagandize an imagined newfound “unity” with Taiwan. Interviews conducted by Xinhua News Agency of Taiwanese businesspersons and students expressed a massive yearning for reconciliation with the Chinese mainland. By contrast, articles published in free Taiwanese papers expressed concern and criticism over the Singapore event. Apple...

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CHINA: If Posts are Censored, Do They Make a Sound?

EMILY ROCHA WRITES – A new study has exposed further censorship of Chinese citizens. Following the release of a documentary exposing the high levels of air pollution in China earlier this year, it was found that users on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, called Weibo, were censored as they discussed the film. The documentary, titled “Under the Dome”, was viewed nearly 200 million times internationally before it mysteriously vanished after government disapproval, along with a “stern” official warning to media to end all coverage of the documentary. Part of the film features a child who had never seen white clouds...

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CHINA: Dreamwriter is a Dream-Killer for Journalists

EMILY ROCHA WRITES – Back in September, a robot called Dreamwriter published a near 1,000 word article in nearly a minute. The business finance report was written in Chinese and entirely understandable, leaving readers to assume it was written by a human. Dreamwriter, developed by “gaming giant” Tencent, has led to a newfound anxiety among journalists that their field could soon be taken over by machines. Even though the development of computer-written articles has become a phenomenon within the United States and other Western countries, Chinese reporters were blindsided by the emergence of a similar system within their own home country....

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CHINA: Journalists Speak Out on Behalf of Imprisoned Peers

EMILY ROCHA WRITES: During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States in late Sept., forty-four writers from the PEN American center spoiled the dinner party with a  demand for the release of Chinese journalists and writers who are state captives for nothing more criminally offensive than sharing their opinions. The PEN letter cites the nearly fifty authors imprisoned in China for speaking out against the government, and highlights the stories of four specific journalists; one who is under house arrest, one sentenced this year to seven years in prison, one serving a decade in prison;...

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